The Hillsboro wrestling team competed at the highly competitive tournament at Eureka Saturday and finished in a 14th-place tie among 21 teams.
“Eureka was another highly competitive tournament for us,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Most every bracket had a lot of depth and many brackets had multiple state qualifiers, state placers and currently ranked wrestlers in 3-2-1A as well as 4A.”
Two Trojans came away with a top-six finish in their respective weight class.
Sophomore William Spaich placed fourth with a 3-2 record at 126 pounds and freshman Raymond Johnston placed sixth at 113 pounds with a 2-3 record.
“William wrestled some of the best matches of his high school career and seems to be making good progress,” O’Hare said. “Some things are starting to click for him.
O’Hare said Johnston’s weight class was one of the most competitive of the day.
“There were four current state-ranked wrestlers. including No. 1 and No. 5 in Class 3-2-1A as well as No. 1 and No. 5 in Class 4A,” he added.
“Raymond had one of his best matches of his freshman season in the quarterfinals where he defeated Farmer of Remington (No. 5 in 3A) by a 9-2 decision.”
The rest of the Trojan lineup did not place in their weight class. Mac Bartel went 1-2 at 120 pounds, Kaden Ward was 0-2 at 138 and Travis King finished with a 2-2 record at 145.
Taryn Norstrom was 0-2 at 152, Kyle Horton 2-2 at 152, Dylan Horton was 0-2 at 152, Lane Flaming went 0-2 at 160 and Jaden Priest finished 0-2 at 170.
Bartel, King, Kyle Horton and Priest came within a match of making it into the medal round.
Burlington won the team title with 211 points, followed by Clearwater 200.5, Rose Hill 148.5, Fredonia 130, Marion 127, Chase County 114.5, Eureka 93, Humboldt 90, Herington 84.5, Remington 84, Caney Valley 72, El Dorado 51, Southeast-Cherokee 47.5, Central Burden and Hillsboro 45, St. Marys 34, Iola 28, Uniontown 27, Erie 20.5, Field Kindley 17 and West Elk 15.5.
Looking ahead, O’Hare said, “A big factor over the next four weeks in preparing for the regional tournament will be improving levels of mental toughness that will be necessary to win tight matches.
“Although we still plan to continue adding some new techniques, we will begin to have each wrestler focus specifically on their strengths and weaknesses,” O’Hare said.
Coming—Hillsboro will wrestle in a dual format at Council Grove Thursday, then will compete Saturday at the Hoisington Classic Dual Tournament.