HHS wrestlers 1-2 at Hoisington


Hillsboro?s Nicholas Mueller scores on a reversal against Drew Reisner of Hoisington. Mueller won by pinning him for his 99th high school career win.

Hillsboro?s wrestling fortunes in the Mid-Central Activities Association got off to a rocky start Thursday as the Trojans managed only one win in a triple dual at Hoisington involving the league?s top four contenders.

The Trojans opened with a heartbreaking loss to the home team 37-36, then dropped a 45-36 decision to Smoky Valley before claiming a 36-28 victory over Marion.

The two losses matched the number of dual losses Hillsboro lost over the past three seasons combined.

?This was a very disappointing way for us to start the season,? coach Scott O?Hare said, ?but it gives us a good measure of where we are at. These are probably three of the toughest teams in the MCAA, and to start off the season wrestling all three in the same night was a tough challenge.?

Against Hoisington, Dimitri McClelland (130 pounds), Nicholas Mueller (135) and John Hein claimed wins by fall. Toby Jones (145) and Tyler Jones (171) won by decision and Bret Mueller (112) won by default.

Hoisington scored pin points against Dylan Delk (140), Dakota Peterson (160) and Gabe Anderson (189), and decision points versus Darren Mueller (125) and Jared King (152).

?I felt like the kids competed hard and wrestled pretty well against Hoisington,? O?Hare said. But the team came out tentative against Smoky Valley, he added.

?Most of our guys let their opponents control the pace of their matches.?

Nicholas Mueller (130), Toby Jones, Tyler Jones and Hein again pinned their opponents for Hillsboro?s only wins on the mat. Darren Mueller won by default.

Meanwhile, Bret Mueller, McClelland, Delk and Aaron Bina (152) were pinned in their matches and Justin King (135) lost by decision.

In the final dual of the evening against Marion, Jared King posted Hillsboro?s only victory by fall, while McClelland and Toby Jones won by decision. Both teams picked up 12 points by default.

Justin King and Delk lost by fall while Bret Mueller, Darren Mueller and Nicholas Mueller lost by decision.

?We saw a number of positive things throughout the night, but as expected, we still have a lot to work on,? O?Hare said.

?It will certainly will not require a complete change in the way we do things, just some tweaking of a lot of little things.

?Probably the biggest challenge will be finding a way to get this group wrestling with more intensity and aggressiveness. I felt like many of the matches were lost simply because our opponents got a little aggressive and physical with us, and we did not respond to that very well.?

Coming?Hillsboro will compete Saturday in the Hesston Invitational. Matches begin at 9 a.m.

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