Hillsboro wrestlers compete at Herington tournament

Competing with seven wrestlers, the Hills­boro Trojans placed 12 among the 15 teams participating in the Herington McMillin Invita­tional on Saturday.

Chapman won the team title with 220 points. Hills­boro scored 44 points for the day.

“It was nice to get all of them in the lineup for the first time this season,” coach Scott O’Hare said of wrestlers. “The individual results and team scores paint a picture of a rough, unsuccessful day. However, it was not entirely unsuccessful.

“I think we learned some important lessons from many matches today,” he added. “In some situations, individuals figured out some techniques they are capable of and hopefully gained some confidence in using it. In other situations, some figured out techniques that will not work against higher-level competition.”

Individual results for Hillsboro wrestlers:

• Charlie Major placed seventh at 113 pounds with a 1-5 record. He lost by fall to Jonathan Sayles of St John’s Military, lost by fall to William Stroda of Abilene, lost by fall to Corbin Weers of Larned and lost by decision to Rhett Griffiths of Herington, 10-4. Major received a bye in the seventh-place match.

• Mac Bartel, competing for the first time this season, posted a 3-2 record at 120 pounds. He won by decision over Brogan Rutz of St. John’s Military, 7-4; won by fall over Nick Rogers of Chase County; lost by fall to Trint Rogers of Chase County; lost by fall to Colin Henderson of Chapman, and 3-2 won by decision over Chevy Faunce of Abilene, 6-5.

“Mackenzie Bartel’s season debut didn’t finish quite as he was hoping, but he picked three nice wins,” O’Hare said. “Both losses were against quality kids. He wrestled very aggressively but just made some little mistakes that cost him. With additional competition mat time, I anticipate that Mac will have a successful second half of the season.”

• Jordan Bachman placed fifth at 126 pounds. He received a bye in the second round, lost by decision to Samajay Alboyd of Larned, 12-5; lost to Shane Kelly of Jefferson West, 17-10; won by major decision (16-4) against Kendall Keeton of Leon Bluestem; and won by fall over Jacob Bush of Mulvane.

“Although suffering two losses, freshman Jordan Bachman had another solid tournament,” O’Hare said. “Both losses were very competitive matches against quality kids. I fully expect both him to bounce back and learn from these losses.”

• Andre Patton placed sixth at 138 pounds. He lost by technical fall to Kris­to­pher Nolde of Larned; received a bye in the third round; lost by fall to Kody Gibson of Jefferson West; won by decision over Ivan Gutierrez of Halstead, 14-12; and lost by fall to Colby Mohr of Abilene.

“Andre continues to improve and shows flashes of exciting scoring potential,” O’Hare said. “He avenged an early season loss in dramatic fashion. Down by two points with less than 10 seconds in the match, Andre earned a takedown and two-point near fall to win 14-12.”.

• Taryn Norstrom placed 10th. She lost by fall to Austin Wuthnow of Abilene; lost by fall to Austin Harry­man of Leon Blue­stem; lost by fall to Hunter Fitzpatrick of Larned; lost by fall to Jacob Haws of Burden-Cen­tral; lost by fall to Ethan Collins of Chase County.

• Dylan Horton placed eighth at 152 pounds. He lost by fall to Joel Scott of Jefferson West; lost by fall to David Damm of Chapman; lost by fall to Tyler Kellogg of Herington; won by fall over Nathan Darbe of Halstead; lost by fall to Kedric Ames of Onaga in the seventh-place match.

• Ethan Plenert placed seventh at 160 pounds. He lost by fall to Jaxen Young of Mulvane; lost to Caleb Stout of Chase County; lost by fall to Dakota Laun of Abilene); lost by fall to Kaden Hill of Halstead; won by forfeit vs. Jaxen Young of Mulvane.

Coming—Hillsboro will wrestle at Halstead this weekend. Matches are scheduled to begin Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday’s schedule begins at 9 a.m.