HHS wrestlers place fifth at Eureka

The Hillsboro wrestling team placed fifth out of 20 schools at the Eureka Invita?tional Saturday? even without the contribution of one of its top performers.

Burlington rolled up 153 points to win the tournament, followed by St. Mary?s (147.5), El Dorado (145.5), Clearwater (122) and Hills?boro (109).

?Overall, I am pleased with the team?s performance,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?This is always a solid and very competitive tournament.?

Missing from the lineup was senior and team leader Jesse Meier.

?To finish in the top five in the team race without Jesse was a nice accomplishment for our team,? O?Hare said. ?Our more experienced wrestlers continue to perform fairly well, and we continue to have a few of the underclassmen step up each week with solid performances to help the team.?

Senior Jon Carey turned in the day?s top performance, placing second at 132 pounds with a 3-1 record.

Also placing among the top four in their respective weight classes were Mack Bartel, fourth at 105 pounds with a 3-2 record; Travis King, third at 126 (4-1); Levi Mendoza, third at 182 (4-1); Nathan Simhiser, fourth at 195 (4-2); and Frank?lin Jost, third at 220 (4-1).

Also competing for the Trojans were Tristan Don?aldson, 1-3 at 120; Ian Alum?baugh, 2-2 at 138; Tyson Reimer, 0-2 at 138; and Ryan Stepanek, 1-2 at 285.

?I feel strongly that we are meeting our goal of constantly improving each day,? O?Hare said of his team. ?However, there is no doubt that each time out, we still identify additional mistakes and things we need to continue to improve on. This weekend was no different.?

O?Hare said the focus for the coming month will be to address those mistakes and weaknesses.

?I believe we are heading in the right direction and hope we can continue to so that we are peaking in mid- to late-February for the league, regional and state tournaments.?

Coming?The Trojans will host a dual meet against Council Grove Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. in Brown Gymna?sium. The team will travel to Hoisington Friday for a tournament, with matches starting at 3 p.m.

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