Hillsboro wrestlers place seventh at Halstead

Led by Matt Yoder?s runner-up finish at 135 pounds, the Hillsboro wrestling team placed seventh in the 22-team field at the Halstead Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The Mid-Central Activities Association placed five schools in the top seven, led by tourney champion Smoky Valley with 1351?2 points. Lyons was third at 1251?2, Halstead fourth at 111, Marion fifth at 100 and Hillsboro seventh at 871?2.

?This was a disappointing outcome for us,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?We started off pretty well on Friday, winning seven of our first nine matches, but Saturday was a different story.

?As a whole this weekend, we seemed to wrestle with a much more passive and reactive style, especially on Saturday,? he added. ?We did not seem to force the action or wrestle as aggressively as we had been to this point in the season.?

Joining Yoder, who went 3-1 for the tournament, as a top-four finisher were Jared King (third, 4-1) at 152 and Justin King (fourth, 4-2) at 145.

Aaron Bina placed fifth (4-2) at 160. Also competing but not placing were Bret Mueller (1-2 at 119), Lucas Sinclair (2-2 at 125), Darren Mueller (0-2 at 130), Dimitri McClelland (2-2 at 140) and Evan Just (0-2 at 189). Dylan Delk went 0-1 before an injury forced him to withdraw.

JV at Abilene?Mitchell Day and Matthew Wiebe won their weight class at the junior varsity tournament Friday at Abilene.

Day went 4-0 at 119 and Wiebe was 4-0 at 152. Also competing were Tanner Jones (3-1 for second place at 145), Colby Meier (2-2 for second place at 171), Max Bertinchamp (0-3 at 171) and AJ Litchfield (0-3) at 189.

Coming?The varsity will compete Saturday at a tournament in Eureka while the junior varsity will compete on the same day at Stafford. Matches at Eureka begin at 9 a.m.

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