Aaron Bina captured the title at 152 pounds, leading the Hillsboro wrestling team to an eighth-place finish at the 22-school Halstead Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Smoky Valley won the team title with 1711?2 points. Marion placed sixth with 92 and the Trojans were two places back at 861?2.
Starting with a bye in the first round, Bina pinned Luke Igo of Remington and Trevor Whittaker of Smoky Valley, then defeated Nathan Becker of Garden Plain, ranked third in Class 3-2-1A, 10-4, to claim the title.
?Aaron had a huge win in the finals against an opponent that had beaten him earlier this season in the Hesston Invitational finals,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?That is a tribute to the progress he is making. This win should be a huge confidence boost for him as we head into the finals week of the season.?
Dylan Delk also made it to the championship match. After a bye in Round 1, he pinned Hunter Ackerman of Douglass and Beau Fisher of Garden Plain before losing to Brock Long of Southeast of Saline in the finals.
?Although Dylan fell short in his bid, he competed very well in making it there, picking up two falls on the weekend,? O?Hare said.
Two other Trojans finished among the top four in their weight class. Bret Mueller went 2-2 to place third at 130 pounds and Justin King?s 3-2 record was good for fourth at 145.
Also competing for HHS were Darren Mueller, 3-3 at 125 for sixth place; Matt Wiebe, 1-2 at 152; and Daniel Kenney, 0-2 at 215.
?It is difficult for me to be satisfied with finishing outside of the top five, but considering we went into this tournament with only seven wrestlers, and looking back on how the guys competed, I feel pretty good about how we finished,? O?Hare said.
?As a whole we have made progress from last weekend,? he added. ?That has been the goal from the start of the season?to improve every day and every week.?
Coming?The Trojans will compete at the Eureka Invita?tional Saturday. Matches begin at 9 a.m.