The Hillsboro wrestling team placed 10th among the 22 schools competing at the Halstead Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Minneapolis won the title with 200.5 points while Hillsboro tallied 69 points with a roster of six competitors, including two weight-class champions.
Senior Mackenzie Bartel won the 120-pound weight class with a 4-0 record, all by fall. He defeated Riley Slater of Hesston in the first round, followed by Gauge Small of Douglass, Kagen Benton of Bluestem and Trint Rogers of Chase County in the first-place match.
“For Mackenzie, this was his second trip to the finals at Halstead,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Last year he finished as the 120-pound runner-up. This time around, he completed his championship run in dominating fashion, winning all four matches by fall, which included avenging one of his two losses on the season against Rogers from Chase County in the finals.”
Freshman Jordan Bachman won the 126-pound class with a 3-0 record on the mat. He received a bye in the first round, then defeated Zachary Lough of Douglass by fall, Dylon Morrill of Cherryvale by an 8-6 decision in overtime, then won the title with a 5-2 decision over Zeb Turner of Southeast of Saline in the first-place match.
“Jordan had a very solid tournament capped off by appearing in his first high school tournament finals match and winning his first tournament championship,” O’Hare said.
“He had an exciting 8-6 overtime win in the semifinals against the No. 2 seed (Morrill) on Saturday morning before defeating No. 1 seed Zeb Turner from Southeast of Saline in the championship match.”
Turner is currently ranked sixth in the state in Class 3-2-1A.
Sophomore Andre Patton earned his second medal in his HHS career by placing fourth at 138 pounds. After a bye in the first round, Patton defeated Hunter Damron of Douglass by fall, then lost to Dylan Schneider of Nickerson by a 12-10 decision in overtime.
Patton then defeated Calib Mallory of Marion in a 7-6 decision before losing a 3-2 decision to Brec Voges of Wichita Trinity in the consolation finals.
“We are pleased with his fourth-place finish, but his 2-2 record for the weekend does not depict how well he wrestled at times,” O’Hare said. “In the semifinals on Saturday, he lost a thriller in overtime to the eventual champion. He lost another intense match in the consolation finals. These tough matches, and lessons learned from them, will serve him well later on.”
Charlie Major lost his two matches at 113 pounds. The freshman lost by fall to Jonathan Sayles of St. John’s Military in the first round, received a bye in the consolation first round, then lost by fall to Jacob Holle of Remington.
Taryn Norstrom, wrestling at 145 pounds, lost by fall to Austin Harryman of Bluestem in the first round, then lost by fall to Brock Mitchell of Marion.
Dylan Horton, competing at 152 pounds, lost by technical fall to Jeyton Saunders of Remington in the first round, won by a 9-4 decision over Landon Curnutt of Ellsworth in the consolation round, then lost by a 13-2 major decision to Clayton Edwards of Nickerson.
At 160 pounds, Ethan Plenert received a bye in the first round, then lost by fall to Layne Wilton of Minneapolis and to Kyiowa Greenfield of Douglass.
“Although the highlight of the tournament was having two individual champions and an additional medalist, I have to say that we are equally proud of the our other four wrestlers that competed this weekend,” O’Hare said.
“Even though they only recorded one win between them, they competed hard and showed marked improvement.”
Coming—The Trojans will compete at Eureka on Saturday with matches beginning at 9 a.m.