Hillsboro wrestling takes first at Lyons tourney

Charlie Major(Sophomore) winning the match against his opponent from Larned at weight class 113. Karrie Rathbone / Free Press
Charlie Major(Sophomore) winning the match against his opponent from Larned at weight class 113. Karrie Rathbone / Free Press
Hillsboro Wrestling took first place in the Lyons Round Robin Tournament on Friday, Feb. 1.

“Although we came out fairly sluggish to start the day, we were able to turn up the level of intensity and wrestle much better as the day went on. Obviously I am very proud of the them for winning the team championship. It’s been a few years since we have brought back a team plaque from a tournament,” said Coach Scott O’Hare. “However, I am more excited about how some of them are starting to compete. We are seeing each of them doing some subtle things much better. These details are helping them remain in better positions and to compete against better wrestlers.”

Due to the number of entries, several brackets were combined. For example, the 138 and 145 pound brackets were combined as well as the 195-220 pound brackets. This was done in order to increase the number of matches for all participants. However, since it was a round robin format, they awarded medals to the participants as if they were separated into their own weight classes based on the order they finished within the combined bracket.

Jordan Bachman (24-6) was the Champion and Tristan Rathbone (19-13) was the Runner-up in the combined 138-145 bracket. Bachman was awarded as the champion of the 138 bracket and Rathbone was awarded as the champion in the 145 bracket, because he was the highest placing 145 wrestler in the combined bracket. This tournament was sophomore Bachman’s second consecutive tournament championship and third one this season.

Connor Morey (7-16) finished third in the combined 195-220 bracket. However, he was awarded the champion of the 220 bracket since he was the highest placer of the 220 wrestlers.

Senior Kyle Horton (22-10) broke the Hillsboro High School record for the most 3-Point Near Falls in a single season. This record has been held by Carson Greenhaw since 2002 with 35. After the tournament on Friday, Horton is currently at 38 3-point near falls. Horton placed second for 152 after winning 4 of his 5 matches.

Lane Flaming (19-12) took first in the 182 bracket after winning all five of his matches.

The rest of the results were as follows:

106 Paul Glanzer (8-21) placed third

113 Charlie Major (13-14) placed second

126 Eli Dalke (3-15) placed third

126 Raymond Johnston (12-14) placed second

132 Garrett Helmer (13-17) placed third

152 Taryn Norstrom (10-18) placed third

160 Andre Patton (20-11) placed second

170 Austin Rempel (14-18) placed second

285 Zach Dittert (0-23) placed third

285 Jared Janzen (5-17) placed second

“My hope this week is that their level of success on Friday does not lead to complacency, but rather it elevates a level of confidence and acts as a building block for the challenges ahead. Our goal will be to make sure that we continue ot improve and prepare for tougher challenges over the next couple weeks at the CKL and Regional Tournaments. A few of them are competing at a high level right now and just need to continue to improve on some techniques as well as have confidence that they can compete with anyone,” said O’ Hare. “Several others seem to be turning the corner and are close to breaking through. I am proud of this team in the way they have responded to challenges and continued to improve to this point.”