New duals tournament gets off to a tough start for host teams

Serving as good hosts didn?t necessarily translate into competitive success for Marion and Hillsboro at the inaugural Marion County Winter Duals wrestling event Friday.

The unique format featured 12 teams competing at two sites?first, in four pools of three teams each; then in a championship bracket or a consolation round robin, depending on success in head-to-head team matchups.

Marion placed ninth overall. The Warriors lost to Bluestem-Flinthills, 33-30, and Chaparral, 45-36, in pool-play matchups at Marion, then went 2-1 in the consolation round robin in Hillsboro.

Hillsboro, wrestling with a depleted team because of illness and schedule conflicts, placed 11th overall after going 0-2 in pool play and 2-1 in the consolation round robin.

Hillsboro lost to Rock Creek, 48-22, and eventual champion Chanute, 61-12, in the Maroon Pool at Hillsboro.

The top two teams from each of the four pools gathered in Marion for an eight-school championship bracket, while the third-place team in each pool were assigned to Hillsboro for the round-robin consolation to battle for the ninth through 12th placings.

Marion took ninth by losing to Republic County (45-33) before defeating Wabaunsee (65-6) and Hillsboro (37-20).

Hillsboro took 11th by beating Wabaunsee (48-6) and Republic County (31-27) before losing to Marion. Chanute, which went 5-0 for the evening, won the championship with a 45-30 win over Minneapolis.

Wrestlers could wrestle up to five matches during the event. For Hillsboro, Darren Mueller was 3-2 at 125 pounds, Bret Mueller 2-3 at 130, Justin King 5-0 at 145, Matt Wiebe 1-3 at 152, Tanner Jones 1-1 at 160, Aaron Bina 3-1 at 160 and 0-1 at 171, Dylan Delk 4-0 at 171 and 1-0 at 189, Nodari Lomidze 1-2 at 189 and Daniel Kenney 2-3 at 215.

?It was a tough day for us,? HHS coach Scott O?Hare said. ?Having six open weight classes for most of the tournament makes being competitive in this format very difficult.

?Although we did have some good individual performances throughout the day, we also had to move guys around out of their actual weight class to give us a better shot at winning as a team. In some cases it was a good move, in others, it didn?t work out as planned.?

O?Hare, who planned the event in partnership with MHS coach Chad Adkins, thought the tournament itself went well on its maiden flight.

?Most seemed to like the format and there was some very competitive wrestling.? O?Hare said. ?We will be considering a few changes, but overall it was a good start to a new tournament and format.?

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Marion CoUNTY Winter Duals

Pool play at Hillsboro

Maroon: Rock Creek 48, Hillsboro 22; Chanute 51, Rock Creek 24; Chanute 61, Hillsboro 12.

Gold: Bennington 24, Wabaunsee 18; Douglass 77, Wabaunsee 0; Douglass 72, Bennington 6.

Pool play at Marion

Red: Bluestem-Flinthills 33, Marion 30; Chaparral 45, Marion 36; Bluestem-Flinthills 42, Chaparral 39.

Blue: Minneapolis 39, Fredonia 33; Minneapolis 46, Republic County 24; Fredonia 42, Republic 33.

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Championship bracket at Marion

First round: Chanute 66, Bennington 12; Fredonia 47, Bluestem-Flinthills 24; Rock Creek 42, Douglass 33; Minneapolis 58, Chaparral 18.

Semifinals: Chanute 47, Fredonia 27; Minneapolis 47, Rock Creek 26.

Consolation semifinals: Bluestem-Flinthills 60, Bennington 12; Douglass 48, Chaparral 36.

First: Chanute 45, Minneapolis 30.

Third: Rock Creek 42, Fredonia 26.

Fifth: Douglass 36, Bluestem-Flinthills 33.

Seventh: Chaparral 42, Bennington 9.

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Consolation round robin at Hillsboro

Round 1: Hillsboro 48, Wabaunsee 6; Republic County 45, Marion 33.

Round 2: Hillsboro 31, Republic County 27; Marion 65, Wabaunsee 6.

Round 3: Hillsboro 37, Marion 20; Republic County 54, Wabaunsee 0.

Ninth: Marion (2-1).

Tenth: Republic County (2-1).

Eleventh: Hillsboro (2-1).

Twelfth: Wabaunsee (0-3).

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