The Hillsboro Wrestling Club had several members that qualified to compete in the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids State Championship Tournament on March 16-17 at the Topeka Expocentre.
The tournament showcased over 1,400 wrestlers from across the state of Kansas. This year there were 173 youth wrestling clubs from around the state represented by both boys and girls in age groups ranging from eight and under through the high school division. The competition took place on fourteen mats beginning Saturday morning and concluded late Sunday afternoon. Three Hillsboro wrestlers participated.
“All three of these young men represented the Hillsboro Wrestling Club very well throughout the season and at the state level. We are very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to watching them progress in the years to come,” said Coach O’Hare.
Fifth-grader Sutton Redger, 130 pounds, competed in the 10 and under category.
“This was the fourth straight season that Sutton has earned a place on the podium with a finish in the top six of his bracket at the state tournament. This year he started strong with two hard-fought wins before suffering a tough 2-0 loss to Unruh from Team Tigers. Unruh went on to win the state championship on Sunday. He came back on Sunday with a solid 5-0 win in the consolation semifinals before losing in the consolation finals to finish in fourth place,” said O’ Hare.
Freshman Tristan Rathbone, 145 pounds, competed in the 14 and under category.
“Tristan Rathbone has qualified several years for this event. However, this was the first time that he advanced to the second day. Tristan started the competition with a tough 3-2 loss to Cash Thomas of the Olathe Southsiders. Tristan came back strong Saturday afternoon earning a first-period fall over Vopat from Ellsworth to advance on to day two,” said O’Hare. “He won another match by fall on Sunday morning over Ensign of Goodland before being eliminated by Davis of Augusta in a close 3-1 match. Although he came up one match short of finishing in the top-6, this was a solid performance by Tristan. He made tremendous progress throughout the season.”
Jordan Bachman, 145 pounds, competed in the high school division.
“Jordan has also qualified multiple times, and he had high hopes going in after his strong finish at the high school state tournament. He opened up with a solid 14-0 win over Robinson of Turner before losing to Weber of Great Bend. On Sunday morning Jordan opened up with a solid win over Stephenson Oakley before being eliminated by Kirk of Valley Center, who went on to finish fourth in the bracket. To give some idea of the depth and strength in this bracket, the third-place finisher was a runner-up in the KSHSAA 6A State Championships,” said O’Hare.