Three Hillsboro wrestlers qualified for the Class 3-2-1-A state tournament this weekend by placing among the top four in their respective weight classes at the regional tournament in Marion Friday and Saturday.
Senior Levi Mendoza and junior Travis King qualified for the second year in a row; Franklin Jost qualified in his final season as a senior.
?They have given themselves the opportunity to experience the reward for all of the hard work, commitment and sacrifices they have made,? coach Scott O?Hare said of the trio. ?Unfortunately, that reward must wait for their other teammates.?
All three Trojan qualifiers placed fourth in their respective weight classes.
King, wrestling at 138 pounds, won by fall over Austin Harryman of Blue?stem, won by fall over Theron Miller of Herington, then lost by fall to Jared Hartzell of Erie in the semifinals.
In the consolation semifinals, King won by fall over Hunter Emerson of Mound?ridge before losing the third-place match by fall to Nathan Dunlaney of Cen?tral.
Following an opening bye at 182 pounds, Jost lost a 17-15 decision to Cade Gibb of Chase County, received a bye in the second round, won by fall over Joey Nuzum of Douglass, then defeated Matthew Douglas of Cherry?vale in the consolation semifinals. In third place match, Jost lost by fall to Jake Wing?field of Hesston.
Mendoza, competing in the 195-pound class, won by fall over Eldon Srader of Halstead, defeated Joshua Madl of Cherryvale 14-12, lost by fall to Tyler Palic of Marion, won by fall over Lane Hawley of Fredonia, then lost a 3-2 decision to Seth Fouts of Douglass in the third-place match.
Also competing for Hills?boro were Mack Bartel (2-2 at 113 pounds), William Spaich (1-2 at 120), Jaden Priest (1-2 at 152), Lane Flam?ing (0-2 at 170) and Daw?son Jost (3-2 at 220).
?I am very proud of this entire group of guys,? O?Hare said. ?They continued to show up, work hard, and get better throughout the year.
?I hope they all take from this season a feeling of accomplishment for what they have done and a desire to come back next season with goals of elevating to a level that will lead them to Hays in the future?
Coming?All three Hills?boro state qualifiers will have challenging first-round matches as they begin competition Friday at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays.
Travis King (31-14) will open against the No. 1 seed at 138 pounds, Tristan Porsch (32-1) of Hoxie.
Franklin Jost (24-21) will square off against Josh Sea?bolt (32-4) of Cimarron in his first match at 182 pounds.
Levi Mendoza (33-9) is matched against the undefeated No. 1 seed, Gavin Lively (30-0) of Norton, in his opening match at 195.
?For now, Travis, Frank?lin and Levi need to take full advantage of another week of practice in preparation for the state tournament,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?They cannot be content with just making it, but have to recognize that they belong.?