Four youth wrestlers qualify for state at districts

Four Hillsboro Wrestling Club members finished in the top four in their age group and weight class at the District III Tournament in McPherson Saturday.

The four wrestlers will be representing the club this weekend at the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids State Championships at the Topeka Expocentre.

The four wrestlers that qualified for state are:

? Devin Gomez, 10 & Under, 76 pounds, 2-1, second place; he lost his finals match, 1-0;

? Nathan Simhiser, 12 & Under, 165 pounds, third place;

? Jesse Meier, 14 & Under, 150 pounds, fourth place;

? Matt Reeh, high school division, 285 pounds, first place.

Two other members narrowly missed qualifying by placing fifth: Travis King, 14 & Under, 95 pounds, 2-2 (lost 5-3 in overtime to keep him from finishing in the top four); and Cody Delk, high school division, 152 pounds (a 5-2 loss kept him from finishing in the top four).

Others competing from Hillsboro were Daniel Gomez, 8 & Under; Jordan Bachman, 10 & Under; Tyson Reimer, 12 & Under and Brook Bradford, 14 & Under.

Four other HWC members competed Saturday in McPher?son in the 6 & Under District III Championship Tournament. Twins Camden and Connor Padgett both finished undefeated district champions.

Camden Padgett, 61 pounds, won his division with a 2-0 and finished the entire season undefeated. Connor Padgett, 73 pounds, won his division with a 3-0.

Also competing at 6 & Under were Carson Batterton, 55 pounds, who did not place; and Tyler Ayers, 64 pounds, who placed fourth.