HHS 4th at first CKL wrestling meet

The Hillsboro wrestling team capped a busy week with a fourth-place finish at the inaugural Central Kansas League tournament Saturday at Pratt.

The host team came away with the league title, followed by Smoky Valley, Halstead, Hills?boro, Lyons and Hesston.

Because of the number entries, all weight classes competed in a round-robin format.

Five Trojans finished second in their respective classes. Bret Mueller (2-1) was the runner-up at 130 pounds, Justin King (3-1) at 145, Aaron Bina (3-1) at 160, Dylan Delk (2-1) at 171 and Matt Wiebe (1-1) at 189.

Mueller?s only loss came to the No. 2 wrestler in Class 3-2-1A. King won his first three matches without surrendering a point, but lost the championship match in overtime.

Placing third were Cody Delk (2-2) at 135 and Tanner Jones (2-2) at 152. Darren Mueller (2-2) finished fourth at 125. He defeated the first-place wrestler, but ended up fourth via tie-breaking procedures after losing to the second- and third-place finishers.

The league meet came on the heels of a triple dual hosted Thursday by Marion. The Trojans lost all three of their match-ups: 40-20 to Smoky Valley, 36-21 to Hoisington and 28-23 to Marion.

Competing with an unfilled lineup, the Trojans won four of eight matches they wrestled but surrendered 24 points in forfeits to Smoky Valley. Hillsboro won three of seven matches against Hoisington while giving up 18 points in forfeits, then won five of eight matches against Marion but surrendered 18 points on forfeits.

?I was disappointed in some performances on Thursday night,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?I felt like we didn?t really battle with the type of toughness necessary to win against quality opponents, and I felt we made too many technical mistakes at this time in the season.

?On Saturday, I thought the boys responded fairly well,? he added. ?We started to execute some things that will be necessary against better opponents.

?Although there is still some work to do, hopefully they are realizing what is necessary to help put them in a position to be successful next weekend.?

Coming?Hillsboro will battle for berths in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament when they compete Friday and Saturday at the regional tournament in Beloit. Wrestling begins at 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

The top four finishers in each weight class will qualify for state, which is set for the following Friday and Saturday at Fort Hays State University?s Gross Memorial Coliseum.

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