Illness turned out to be one tough opponent for the Hillsboro wrestling team last week, but a depleted squad competed at the Hoisington Cardinal Classic on Friday after a two-team dual at Council Grove on Thursday.
“What started out as an exciting week of upcoming opportunities and challenges quickly turned into a week of frustration and disappointment,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Starting on Monday, the team was hit with various illnesses, keeping multiple kids out of practice throughout the week.”
Hillsboro had only five healthy varsity wrestlers for Thursday’s trip to Council Grove, but added a couple more the next day for the competition in Hoisington.
“They certainly were not all at 100 percent,” O’Hare said.
The Trojans were planning to enter as many as nine wrestlers at the junior varsity tournament in Marion on Saturday, but only had three wrestlers who were healthy enough to compete.
“Some continued to battle illness, but we also had three suffer injuries Friday evening at Hoisington,” O’Hare added.
At Hoisington, Raymond Johnston placed second at 113 pounds. He went 3-1 on the mat, plus one bye.
Mac Bartel placed fifth at 120 pound with a 3-2 record.
Kaden Ward claimed seventh place at 138 with a 1-3 record plus one bye at 138 pounds. He was 2-2 on the mat, and received one bye.
Travis King placed fourth at 145 pounds and scored 6.50 team points.
Kyle Horton placed sixth at 152 pounds with an 0-5 record.
Lane Flaming placed 10th at 160 pounds with an 0-5 record, which included an injury default in the ninth-place match.
Jaden Priest placed seventh at 170 pounds. Priest lost his first three matches, then lost by injury default in his fourth match. He received a bye in the seventh-place match.
Marysville won the team title with 211.5 points, followed by Hoisington 179, Douglass 117.5, Riley County 93.5, Marion 85.5, Goddard Eisenhower 79.5, Cimarron 75, Ellsworth 48.5, Hillsboro 30, Wichita County 6 and Stafford 6.
At the JV tournament in Marion on Saturday, William Spaich went 1-3 and placed fourth at 126, Dylan Horton went 0-3 and placed fourth at 152 and Taryn Norstrom went 1-2 and placed third at 160.
“Following the Eureka Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 21), we felt some things were starting to come together for some of these wrestlers,” O’Hare said. “Although realizing the three consecutive days would be a real mental and physical challenge, we also thought it would be a great opportunity to get a lot of qualify mat time and experience.
“Unfortunately, none were able to participate all three days.”
Council Grove—A depleted Trojan squad lost to the Braves on Thursday, 30-27. Illness limited the Trojans to seven healthy wrestlers and only five in the varsity lineup.
“Even though we were short-handed, we made things interesting by winning all five matches in the varsity dual,” coach Scott O’Hare said.
Raymond Johnston won by fall over Colton Bacon at 113 pounds, Kaden Ward won by fall over Chance Hartman at 138, Travis King won by fall over Armando Mascote at 145, Kyle Horton won by decision (13-8) over Alvin Holmes at 152 and Lane Flaming won by fall over Matt Coe at 160.
Hillsboro was open at 120, 132, 182 and 285 pounds; both teams were open at 126, 170, 195 and 220 pounds.
Coming—Only two tournaments remain in the regular season: the Lyons Round Robin on Saturday, and the Central Kansas League Tournament at Pratt Feb. 11.
“We are going to have to be sharp and focused over these next couple weeks to get these wrestlers prepared to make a run to qualify for the state tournament at the end of February,” coach Scott O’Hare said.