Hein leads HHS wrestlers to second place at Herington


John Hein, winner of the 189-class gold medal Saturday in Herington, is torquing Halstead?s Jared Bean to the mat at the Marion double dual Thursday. Hein is 11-0 this season.

The Hillsboro High wrestling team enjoyed its best finish ever at the always-tough Herington Invitational on Saturday, placing second in the 12-team field.

Abilene, ranked fifth in Class 4A, won the tournament, followed by the Trojans and then Jefferson West, ranked 10th in 4A.

?We matched last season by getting four guys into the championship finals,? coach Scott O?Hare said.

?But the key for the high finish this year was having five others come back after semifinal losses to advance into the consolation finals. Walking away from this tournament with nine top-four medalists is a nice accomplishment by this group.?

John Hein came away with the team?s only gold-medal performance, winning the 189-pound class by pinning Steven Skaggs of Jefferson West. It was Hein?s second tournament championship of the season, improving his record to 11-0.

?I am very happy with his progress,? O?Hare said.

Three Trojans finished as runners-up in their weight class: Robby McClelland at 119, Nicholas Mueller at 130, and Matt Yoder at 135.

The other Trojans who finished among the top four were: Dimitri McClelland, fourth at 125 in his first varsity tournament; Aaron Bina, third at 140; Toby Jones, third at 145; Tyler Jones, fourth at 160; and Gabe Anderson, fourth at 215.

The team started strong by winning nine of 10 matches in the first round.

?We knew we has some very tough matchups in the semifinals and stumbled a bit,? O?Hare said. ?But the guys came back strong in the consolation bracket.

Hein?s win put Hillsboro in second place for good in a back-and-forth battle with Jefferson West during the medal round, but the outcome wasn?t secure until the final weight class between a Jefferson West wrestler and his Abilene opponent.

Double dual at Marion?Hillsboro returned from the holiday with a sweep of two dual matches at Marion Jan. 8.

In Hillsboro?s 39-21 win over Hesston, the following Trojans won their matches: Bret Mueller (112 pounds), Robby McClelland (119), Nicholas Mueller (130), Aaron Bina (145), Jared King (152) and Lonnie Benda (171).

John Hein (189) and Gabe Anderson (215) won by default.

Winning their matches in a 47-25 win over Halstead were: Darren Mueller (125), Nicholas Mueller (130), Matt Yoder (135), Dylan Delk (140), Jared King (152), John Hein (189).

Winning by default were Bret Mueller (112), Aaron Bina (145) and Gabe Anderson (215).

?These were two decisive dual wins for us,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?But I came away with mixed feelings. I was pleased we were able to win both duals. On the other hand, I was not particularly pleased with how we wrestled. We looked rather sluggish and did not attack scoring opportunities very well.?

Coming?Hillsboro will compete Friday and Saturday at Halstead in one of its largest tournaments of the season. Matches begin Friday at 4 p.m. and resume Saturday at 9 a.m.

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