HHS wrestlers compete at tough tourney

The Hillsboro wrestling team, with seven athletes competing, placed 14th among the 22 teams competing at the Eureka Invita­tional Tournament on Saturday.

Burlington won the team title with 192 points, the Trojans scored 43 points.

◼ At 113 pounds, Charlie Major went 0-2 on the mat. Major lost by fall to Kolby Beitz of Eureka in the quarterfinals, then lost by fall to Will Alleven of Marion.

◼ At 120, Mac Bartel placed fourth and earned 13 team points. In his first match, Bartel won by fall against Clay Shannon of Humboldt. In the semifinal, he lost by fall to Matt Atkinson of Rose Hill. In the third-place match he lost by fall to Trint Rogers of Chase County.

◼ At 126, Jordan Bach­man placed fourth and scored 13 team points. After a bye in the first round, Bachman won by fall over Jack Pawloski of Clearwater, then lost by fall in the semifinal to T.T. Totty of Burlington. Bachman lost by fall in the third-place match to Gunner Elder of Humboldt.

◼ At 138, Andre Patton placed fifth and scored 17 team points. In the first round, Patton won by fall over Collin Birk of Burling­ton. In the quarterfinal, he lost by fall to Zane Stanton of Caney Valley. In the consolation rounds, Patton won by fall over Calib Mallory of Marion, and won by fall over Hadley Girty of Flint­hills. In the fifth-place match, Patton won by fall over Thiel of Reming­ton.

◼ At 145, Taryn Norstrom lost both matches by fall. She lost to Ried Barnett of Hum­boldt in the first round and then to Hagen Taylor of Remington in the consolation rounds.

◼ At 152, Dylan Horton lost both of his matches. In the first round he lost by fall to Kyle Clem of Clearwater, then lost by a 6-3 decision Jonathan McAmis of Leon Bluestem.

◼ At 160, Ethan Plenert lost by fall to Ethan Moor­man-Maedor of Herington and then lost by fall to Kolton Brewer of Marion.

“Eureka is traditionally a very competitive tournament,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “With few exceptions in any weights, to make the medal stand is an accomplishment.

Due to a different tournament format and earning first byes, Bachman and Bartel were limited to only three matches for the day.

“Both came out strong and won convincingly in their quarterfinal matches to reach the semifinals,” O’Hare said. “In the semifinals, both faced arguably their stiffest competition of the season. Their losses in the semifinals put them in the consolation finals to wrestle for third place.

In Bachman’s consolation finals match, O’Hare said the freshman was shell-shocked by an early deficit against Elder and never recovered.

“I’m hoping both of these young men learned valuable lessons of what it will take to win matches against high level opponents,” he added.

Even though Patton finished in fifth place, O’Hare said the sophomore had one of his best performances of the season.

“Starting the day with a second-period pin, he then lost by fall to the No. 2 seed,” O’Hare said. “Due to the new format, by losing in the quarterfinals, the best he could finish was fifth.

“Andre proceeded to go on a run of three straight wins by fall, including a third period fall over Thiel of Remington in the fifth-place match.”

O’Hare said he is pleased with the progress his young group continues to make.

Coming—Hillsboro will host Council Grove in a dual format. Matches will begin at 6 p.m. On Friday, the team will compete at Hoisington with a 3 p.m. start.