Hillsboro competes with a roster of 5 wrestlers

Competing with only five scoring wrestlers, the Hills­boro struggled to compete as a team at the Marion County Winter Duals on Friday hosted by Hillsboro and Marion.

The Trojans placed 13th among the 16 schools participating.

The tournament began with eight schools at Hills­boro and eight at Marion organized in two four-team pools at each site, with each school competing against the other three teams in the pool in a round-robin format.

The four pool champions—two from each site—were placed in a four-team bracket where they wrestled out for first through fourth place.

The four pool runners-up—two from each site—were placed in a four-team bracket where they wrestled out for fifth through eighth place.

The four third-place finishers wrestled out for ninth through 12th, and the pool fourth-place finishers wrestled out for 13th through 16th place. Each team competing in the tournament wrestled in five duals.

The Trojans lost to Clear­water, 12-60; lost to Royal Valley, 10-66; lost to Fredonia, 6-66; defeated West Elk, 24-18; lost to Bluestem, 12-24.

“As expected, the team scores were very lopsided, especially in the first three duals against teams that fielded nearly full rosters,” said Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare.

“We had six wrestlers in the lineup. However, due to KSHSAA transfer rules, one was unable to score team points. Therefore, with only five wrestlers able to score, we were effectively giving up 48 to 54 points in forfeits alone in those early duals.”

As for individual results:

• Charlie Major finished 1-1 in matches contested at 113 pounds and received two forfeits. He lost one match where he competed at 120 pounds.

• Jordan Bachman finished 5-0 at 126 pounds, including three wins by pin, an 8-0 major decision and a 13-7 decision. These matches improved his overall season record to 9-1 heading into Christmas break.

• Andre Patton finished 2-2 with two pins at 138 pounds, including one dramatic come-from-behind win while trailing midway through the third period.

• Taryn Norstrom finished 1-4 at 145 pounds.

• Dylan Horton finished 1-4 at 152 pounds.

• Erik Torres, in his first competitive experience in wrestling, went 0-3 in contested matches and received two forfeits for the team at 220 pounds.

“Overall, I am pleased with the progress of our wrestlers through these first four weeks,” O’Hare said. “Each of them are beginning to identify some of their strengths and weaknesses.

“We plan to spend some time over break continuing to improve on some of the basic fundamentals, clean up some areas of concern for each, and hopefully continue to improve each time we step on the mat. We are hopeful that a few more (team members) will be ready to compete when we return from break.”

Coming—Hillsboro will return to competition Jan. 6 when the team competes at Herington.