Hillsboro sixth at Hoisington with only seven wrestlers

At a disadvantage in format that rewards a full lineup, the Hills?boro wrestling team placed sixth out of eight teams at the Hoi?s?ing?ton Cardinal Classic on Saturday.

?This format, much like duals, does not favor our team due to the scoring system,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?In a tournament with so few teams, placement points at each weight are key. We only had seven available scorers.?

Aaron Bina led the Trojans with a weight-class title at 160 pounds, going 5-0 for the day.

Justin King and Dylan Delk finished second in their respective classes. King was 4-1 at 145 and Delk was 4-1 at 171. Darren Mueller captured third place at 125 with a 2-2 mark.

?Other than one match each, Justin, Aaron and Dylan wrestle pretty solid,? O?Hare said. ?Justin did not give up a single point all day until his last match of the evening. Dylan really controlled the matches in the four that he won. Aaron was only really tested in one match all day, but he made a number of mistakes throughout that match that kept it close until the end.?

Also competing for the Trojans were: Bret Mueller (1-3), placing sixth at 130; Tanner Jones (1-3), finishing fourth at 152; and Daniel Kenney (0-5) finishing sixth at 215.

?Darren looked really good at times, but had some let downs in a couple matches. Tanner competed very well in all but his last match, but his inexperience as a sophomore showed at times. Both he and Bret are so close to breaking through as underclassmen. They both just need to gain some confidence in what they want to do and learn how to pace the match to their strengths.

O?Hare said the tournament was a good test for his squad.

?Everyone got four or five matches in about a five-hour time frame, with many being against quality opponents. It is a real test of stamina along with mental and physical toughness.?

The Trojans got off to a slow start, but picked up the pace as the day wore on.

?We continue to make some of the same mistakes, which is very frustrating, but at the same time are improving in other areas,? O?Hare said. ?These past two tournaments have given us a pretty good feel for where everyone is at, and they give us some direction concerning what we need to do to get where we want to be in late February.

Marion JV?The Trojans had two wrestlers at the junior-varsity tournament in Marion on Saturday. Nodari Lomidze went 3-0 to win the 171-pound class. Cody Delk went 1-3 and placed fourth at 135 pounds.

Coming?Hillsboro will compete in another duals-format tournament at Southeast of Saline on Saturday.

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