Hillsboro?wrestlers split double dual in opener

Franklin Jost, wrestling for Hillsboro at 182 pounds, works for a takedown against Tyson Villalpando of Minneapolis during their match at 182 pounds. Villal?pando escaped with a 9-7 overtime decision.Hillsboro wrestlers opened their season Thurs?day by splitting a double dual with Minneapolis and Halstead at Brown Gymna?sium.

The Trojans lost the opening dual against Minnea?polis, 63-15, winning two of the nine matches that were determined on the mat.

Both victors were returning state qualifiers: Travis King defeated Layne Wilton, 10-5, at 138 pounds, and Levi Men?doza pinned Chance Korinek at 220.

Hillsboro gave up 24 points with vacancies in four weight classes while Minne?a?polis had only one open weight class.

Six Trojans lost by fall: William Spaich at 120, Tristan Donaldson at 132, Kyle Horton at 145, Jaden Priest at 152, Ian Alumbaugh at 160 and Lane Flaming at 170.

Franklin Jost lost by decision, 9-7, in overtime.

?We were simply outmatched and out-wrestled in this dual,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?Minneapolis is a solid team throughout the lineup, and it would have been unrealistic to expect to win this dual, particularly with giving up 24 points with open weight classes.

?In the scheme of things, as coaches we were not so disappointed in some of the matches we lost, or in losing the dual, but rather in the way that we lost. We simply didn?t compete with courage and intensity.?

In the nightcap, Hillsboro defeated Halstead, 48-12. The Dragons brought only four wrestlers to the event. Jost (182) and Mendoza (195) both pinned their opponents. In the other two contested matches, Priest (152) and Flaming (170) lost by fall.

The Trojans picked up 36 points through forfeits.

?Certainly, it would have been nice to get more matches in this dual to see how we responded to the adversity from the first dual and to get more competition mat time,? O?Hare said.

?Franklin certainly wrestled a better match and dominated a wrestler that had beaten him a couple times last season.?

O?Hare said even though his roster is shorter on numbers than he?d like, he said he?s ?excited? to see how the group progresses.

?They have plenty of potential, but for many of them, a lot will depend on their ability to overlook wins and losses and focus on the process and the progress,? he said.

?Certainly, we expect Travis and Levi, our two most experienced wrestlers, to compete in every match, but they need to continue to progress just like everyone else.?

Coming?The Trojans will compete Saturday at their first tournament of the season. Matches at the Hesston Invitational will begin at 9 a.m.

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