Hillsboro finished in the upper third of the 13 teams that participated at the Remington Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday.
Team scores were not available at press time, but coach Scott O?Hare said he believes his team placed fourth.
Matt Yoder was the Trojans? lone weight-class champion, winning the title at 135 pounds. Three Trojans finished second: Bret Mueller at 119, Justin King at 145 and Jared King at 152.
?I left Remington with some mixed feelings,? O?Hare said. ?We started off the day very flat. Our goal was to use this tournament as a statement and good preparation going into regionals. We wanted to see them wrestle with a lot of heart, courage, intensity and mental toughness. I just didn?t feel like we did that, particularly early on.?
On the positive side, O?Hare said Mueller?s appearance in the finals was the first in the sophomore?s varsity career, while King made it for the second time.
?Hopefully, this will be a good confidence builder for both of them,? O?Hare said.
Hillsboro Triple Dual?A night of wrestling recognition ended with a disappointing outcome as the Trojans were swept Thurs?day in dual matches with Smoky Valley (37-22), Hoisington (51-21) and Marion (34-22).
Matt Yoder had the best evening for HHS, sweeping all three of his matches. Lucas Sinclair, Jared King and Dylan Delk each won two of three.
?As a team, this was certainly not the way we would have liked to finish out the dual season, especially being our only matches in front of a home crowd,? coach Scott O?Hare said.
?However, we have realized from the beginning of the season that this would be a difficult year in duals from a team standpoint. Giving up 24 points due to having the four open weight classes made it rough all season to compete in duals, especially against teams that were able fill their lineups.
?Basically, losing just one or two of the other 10 matches virtually puts the dual out of reach for us.?
O?Hare said he appreciated the turnout for ?Night of Hills?boro Wrestling: Past, Present, & Future,? which included middle-school wrestling matches and recognition of Kids Wrestling participants as well as HHS alumni.
?It was good to see so many former wrestlers and family members come back and see what has happened in the Hillsboro wrestling program over the years,? he said.
Coming?Hillsboro will join 21 other schools at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament Satur?day in Marion with state berths on the line.
In addition to HHS and Marion, the field includes Central (Burden), Burlington, Caney Valley, Cherryvale, Chase County, Douglass, Erie, Eureka, Fredonia, Halstead, Herington, West Elk, Bluestem, Neodesha, Peabody-Burns, Flint Hills, Sedgwick, St. Paul, Remington, and Wichita Independent.
?The second half of this season has been like a roller coaster ride,? O?Hare said. ?At times it has seemed like we are heading in the right direction and making great progress toward where we want to be, if only we continue to build on it. However, we have often come back after a solid performance and seem to have regressed.
?I am hopeful that we can use the final four practices left this week to fine-tune some things prior to the regional tournament and have our best performance of the season.?