Hillsboro wrestlers drop two duals

The Hillsboro wrestling team opened its season Thursday with a pair of dual losses at Halstead. The Trojans lost to Minnea?polis, 41-30, then fell to the host Dragons, 37-30. ?We scheduled this double-dual against two quality teams early in the season to help us see where we are at,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?As expected, giving up forfeits for open weights in duals is going to put us in a hole to start, but we competed in both duals. They both came down to the last contested match before the winner was determined.? Against Minneapolis, Darren Mueller (125 pounds) and Justin King (145) recorded victories by fall, while Matt Wiebe (152) and Aaron Bina (171) won by decision. Jake Jost (112) and Diego Castillo (215) won by forfeit. Losing by fall were Mitchell Day (119) and Daniel Kenney (285), while Bret Mueller (130), Tanner Jones (160) and Dylan Delk (189) lost by decision. Against Halstead, Day and Bina won by fall to post Hills?boro?s only wins on the mat. Darren Mueller, Bret Mueller and Jones won by default. Losing by fall were Jost and Kenney, while Wiebe lost by decision. ?In both duals we lost close, competitive matches that could have made the difference,? O?Hare said. ?I think we learned in these duals that we can compete with anyone in the area. But now we have an idea of what we need to do, not only to compete, but to beat any teams in the area. ?I was pleased with our competitiveness and intensity,? he added. ?We certainly have some technique and positioning issues to work on, but we have a good idea of where we are and what we need to do to get where we want to be.? Coming?The Trojans will compete in their first tournament Saturday when they join the field at the Hesston Invita?tional. Action begins at 9 a.m.

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