3 Trojans place second at Lyons

Three of Hillsboro’s five competing wrestlers placed second in their respective weight classes at the six-school Lyons Round Robin Tourna­ment on Saturday.

Travis King (3-1) was the runner-up at 145 pounds. King lost his first match by major decision (10-1) to Samuel Loerke of Wichita East, then won his next three matches by fall versus Wes Koch of Larned, Tavion Gray of Hutchinson and Matt Schrag of Hutchin­son.

“Following a tough loss to Loerke, Travis breezed through the rest of his matches,” O’Hare said of his senior. “Travis seems to be getting close to turning the corner. There are a few little things we need to get corrected, but overall I still think he’s in a pretty good place.”

Junior Jaden Priest (2-1) placed second at 170 pounds. He lost a 7-4 decision to Caleb East of Larned in the first round, then won by fall over Brice Shao of St. John Military School and by fall over Wendell Scobee of Lyons.

“Jaden is also starting to come around and his hard work is paying off,” O’Hare said. “He seems to be feeling better about what he needs to do in certain situations. A big key will be getting him to do it just a bit quicker and with a bit more explosiveness.”

Freshman Raymond Johnston (2-2) finished in a three-way tie at 113 pounds, but was awarded second place on tie-breaker criteria.

Johnston won by fall over both Kody Sudol of St. John and Braxton Edwards of Hutchinson, then lost by technical fall to Peyton Young of Lyons—ranked fourth in Class 3-2-1A at 106—and by fall to Braydon Lemuz of Larned. Johnston rallied in the final round with a major-decision (12-4) victory over Hao Dang of Wichita East, who had pinned Young earlier in the tournament.

“Raymond had a pretty solid tournament in a very competitive bracket,” O’Hare said. “Following two first-period pins to start his day, he lost by fall to eventual champion Lemuz in a very tightly contested match.

“The final score against Young was not indicative of the match. There were many outstanding flurries of action that could have easily gone either way. Raymond finished his afternoon with a big 12-4 major-decision victory over Hoa Dang.”

Taryn Norstrom (2-1) earned her first wrestling medal by placing third at 152 pounds. She won by fall over Emma Curry of Hutchinson, lost by fall to Daunte Hug­gins of Wichita East and then won by fall over Levi Allen of Hutchinson.

“She continues to make some nice progress,” O’Hare said.

William Spaich (0-4) placed fifth at 120 pounds. He lost by fall to Gage Myers of Larned, then lost by medical fall to Devon Ephraums of Hutchinson, Christopher Bergman of St. John and Kristopher Nolde of Larned.

“William suffered a neck injury in his opening bout and was unable to compete the rest of the day,” O’Hare said. “We don’t believe at this time it is anything serious, but we will need to re-evaluate on Monday to determine when he might be back in the lineup.”

O’Hare said the Trojans took only five wrestlers to the tournament because five other wrestlers were ill or injured.

“Hopefully, a few more of them can get healed up and healthy going into the league and regional tournaments coming up,” he said.

Coming—With one exception, Hillsboro wrestlers will compete Saturday at the Central Kansas League tournament at Pratt.

Taryn Norstrom, meanwhile, will represent Canton-Galva High School at the first Kansas Girls State Championships to be hosted by McPherson High School.

“This will be a tournament open to all girls in the state of Kansas participating on their high school wrest­ling teams,” O’Hare said.

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