Freshman Jordan Bachman will be representing the Hillsboro wrestling team at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays this weekend.
Bachman, 29-8 for the season, qualified Saturday by placing third in the 126-pound weight class at the regional tournament in Eureka. The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for state.
“Jordan has been a part of the Hillsboro wrestling program for many years and has always shown promise,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “It was rewarding for us to see his hard work and commitment pay off by earning a trip to state in his freshman season.”
Starting with a first-round bye on Friday, Bachman defeated Jason Hecht of Hesston with a 15-10 decision in the quarterfinals, then lost by fall to Gunner Elder of Humboldt in the semifinals.
On Saturday, Bachman qualified for the third-place match by defeating Dylon Morrill of Cherryvale by a 17-2 major decision.
“Jordan had defeated him earlier in the season at the Halstead Invitational—however, it was a hard-fought overtime win,” O’Hare said. “This time around, Jordan dominated the match.”
In the third-place match, Bachman faced off again with Hecht of Hesston and this time defeated him with a 7-1 decision.
Five other Trojans competed at Eureka for a chance to qualify for state.
Charlie Major (5-29), wrestling at 113 pounds, lost his first two matches and finished his freshman season with a 5-29 record.
Senior Mac Bartel (10-10), wrestling at 120 pounds, went 1-2 for the weekend. He defeated Drayton Wallace of Jayhawk Linn by fall, lost by fall to Kagen Benton of Bluestem, then defaulted to Riley Slater of Hesston due to a knee injury.
“It was very disappointing having Mackenzie’s season and career come to an end the way that it did,” O’Hare said. “He was setting in a pretty good position to round out his high school career with an opportunity to compete at Hays in the state tournament.”
Senior Dylan Horton (7-30) lost his first two matches, first by fall to Andrew Bowman of Caney Valley, then to Cody Wohlgemuth of Hesston in a 6-5 decision.
Two members of O’Hare’s squad represented their home school of Canton-Galva at regionals.
Andre Patton (22-19) went 3-2 at 138 pounds. He defeated Colziah Law of West Elk by fall, lost to Anthony Signs of Wellsville 12-6, defeated Charles Pearson of Douglass by fall, defeated Calib Mallory of Marion 9-7, then lost by fall to Matt Weilert of Fredonia.
“Andre had another very solid tournament, coming up just one match short of qualifying for state,” O’Hare said. “He has made some big strides over the season and has the potential to be a very solid wrestler.”
Taryn Norstrom (6-28) was eliminated after two rounds at 145 pounds. She lost by fall to Cael Budke of Chase County and to Andrew Galloway of Wellsville.
“We are very proud of all of these wrestlers and how they competed this weekend and throughout the season,” O’Hare said. “Although Charlie, Dylan and Taryn struggled to come out ahead in the win-loss column, they all made tremendous progress throughout the season.”
Coming—Jordan Bachman will compete in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Fort Hays State University. His first-round opponent at 126 pounds will be Kel Grafel of Decatur Community, Oberlin.