King represents Hillsboro at state

Travis King attempts to escape the grip of Wabaunsee’s Kolby Droegemeier in the first round of the state tournament Friday at 145 pounds. King lost by fall, then lost a 7-0 decision to conclude his senior campaign with a 28-18 record. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Travis King attempts to escape the grip of Wabaunsee’s Kolby Droegemeier in the first round of the state tournament Friday at 145 pounds. King lost by fall, then lost a 7-0 decision to conclude his senior campaign with a 28-18 record. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Hillsboro’s lone qualifier at the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament in Hays did not last long.

Senior Travis King, making his third consecutive appearance at state, was eliminated after his first two matches in the 145-pound weight class Friday.

In the first round, King lost by fall to Kolby Droege­meier of Wabaunsee at the 1:43 mark. In his first match competing in the consolation bracket, King lost a 7-0 decision to Jordan Finnesy of Plain­ville.

“This was certainly not the way we wanted it to end, but Travis has nothing to be ashamed of,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “He has been a consistent and reliable member of this wrestling program for a lot of years.”

O’Hare said King achieved 99 career varsity wins during his four years. He completed this season with a 28-18 record.

“It has truly been an honor to have the opportunity to work with Travis all of these years,” O’Hare said. “I am extremely proud of his efforts and commitment to the program. He will be greatly missed in our wrestling room.”