The mettle to medal


Both Hillsboro and Marion came home from the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament in Hays this weekend with one medal winner.

For Hillsboro, senior Frankie Martin made the most of his state debut, finishing sixth at 171 pounds. Dillon Wildin led Marion with a sixth-place finish at 135 pounds.

As a team, the eight competing Trojans, including Grady Stultz who represented Goessel in the post-season,recorded eight wins and compiled 21 points to place 26th among the 60 schools represented.

?I am proud of these eight guys, and the rest of the team, for the way they worked and competed this year,? said Hillsboro coach Scott O?Hare.

?I am especially happy for Frankie for earning his state medal,? he added. ?He has been a positive contributor to this program for a number of years and he is a deserving young man. He has been solid all season, but really stepped it up the last couple of weeks of the season when it counted most.?

Marion, with five qualifiers, picked up six wins and placed 37th with 14 team points..

Hillsboro summaries

By weight class, here is how the eight wrestlers for Hillsboro-Goessel fared:

  • 112: Alex Jost, making his second consecutive trip to state, was pinned by Hoisington?s John Redetzke at 5:46 in the opening round, then lost 10-2 to Andrew Peterson of Onaga to finish 0-2 for the tournament and 23-14 for his senior season.

  • 125: Robbie McClelland, in his state tournament debut, lost by technical fall when he was outscored 16-0 by Aaron Patton of Wellsville, the defending state champion, in the opening round. The junior then lost by technical fall to Dillon Stucky of Oakley 16-0 to finish 0-2 for the day and 10-8 for the season.

  • 135: Nicholas Mueller, advanced to the second round with an 8-4 win over Kevin Urban of Ellis in the opening round, then lost a 6-5 controversial decision to Tommy Knapp of Lincoln in the second round.

    On the backside, Mueller defeated Brett Terry of Central Heights 10-4 before losing by fall to Zach Bainter of Norton at 2:15 one round short of the medal round.

    Mueller, in his second trip to state as a junior, finished 2-2 for the tournament and 37-6 for the season. His 37 wins broke the school record of 36 in a season held by Andrew Bina.

  • 145: In his opening match, Tyler Jones defeated Josh Darnell of Plainville 11-1, then was pinned by eventual champion Darrell Melcher of Hering?ton at 3:13. On the backside, the Trojan junior was pinned by Martin Hojda of Osborne at 2:25 to finish his second appearance at state with a 1-2 mark and his season at 32-6.

  • 152: Grady Stultz lost his first match 8-3 to Travis Rempe of Smith Center, the eventual runner-up, then was awarded an injury-default win over Justin Sherlock of St. Francis before losing 7-3 to Colton Gen?try of Rossville.

    Stultz, a senior making his second appearance at state, finished 25-12 for the year with his 1-2 performance at Hays.


  • 171: Frankie Martin, defeated Brett Melton of Beloit 6-2 in his opening round, then defeated Ethan Jirak of Oakley 10-4 in the quarterfinals before he was pinned in the semifinals by eventual champion Ryan Swatzell of Phillips?burg at 1:30.

    On the backside, Martin was pinned by Tad Miller of Stock?ton with 2 seconds left in the match after leading 7-3. He then lost the match for fifth-place by a 3-0 score to Brett Dunlap of Doni?phan West.

  • 189: Jacob Yoder started his third appearance at state by pinning John Tricks of Ellis at 1:50, then was suffered a controversial pin by Sawyer Krone of Beloit at 1:57.

    On the consolation side, the Trojan senior lost an 8-7 heartbreaker to Jason Melilies of Silver Lake to finish 1-2 for the weekend and 33-6 for the season. With his opening-round pin, Yoder extended his school record for pins in a single season to 25.

  • 285: C.J. Shaw started his first state appearance with a loss by fall to the two-time defending state champion, Duane Zlatnik of Rossville at 0:56. Zlatnik went on to win his third straight title.

But on the backside, the Trojan senior was awarded a win by default over Seth Suelter of Lincoln, then defeated Jordan Nolan of Remington 5-2 before being pinned by Dakota Denny of Caney Valley one match short of the medal round.

Shaw, with a 2-2 record at state, finished 24-15 for the season.

?Other than Frankie placing in the top six, it was a rather disappointing weekend,? O?Hare said. ?I am not disappointed in the kids? effort or their performance, just in the outcome. I really felt going into the tournament that we had a few more guys capable of winning a state medal.

?As things turned out, there were a few unfortunate circumstances during the week and over the weekend that just didn?t go our way,? he added. ?I felt like the guys were prepared and they seemed ready. When it was said and done, it just did not happen for them.?

Marion summaries

By weight class, here is how the five wrestlers for Marion fared:

  • 119: Andy Shipman, qualifying for state as a freshman, was pinned by eventual champion Colin Hase of Silver Lake in the first round, then was pinned by Aaron Geist of Osborne at 2:34 to finish 0-2 for the tournament and 23-17 for the season.

  • 125: Cody Wildin, who qualified last season as a freshman, lost 17-2 to Brett Lamar, Silver Lake, in the opening round, then lost 7-5 to Dusty Greer, Minneapolis, in the consolation bracket for an 0-2 tournament showing and a 25-11 record for the season.

  • 135: Dillon Wildin, a repeat qualifier as a sophomore, defeated John Lynch of Lakin 8-2 in the opening round, then was pinned by eventual champion Dustin Zahorsky of Phillipsburg at 0:42.

    On the backside, Wildin defeated Nick Hockett of Cherryvale 14-7 and Kevin Urban of Ellis 1-0 before losing to Tommy Knapp of Lincoln 2-0 in the consolation semifinals.

    Wildin lost to Gavin Smull of St. Francis in the battle for the fifth-place medal. He finished 3-3 for the tournament and 30-9 for the season.

  • 140: Sophomore Tylor Neil, making his first appearance at state, lost by technical fall, 16-0 to Everett Urban of Decatur Community in the opening round, came back to defeat Elliot Matthews 17-1 in his first consolation match before losing to Coomes of Phillipsburg 7-1 to finish 1-2 for the weekend and 22-16 for the season.

  • 145: Charlie Holub, in his third appearance at state, defeated MCAA foe Colton Clarke of Lyons, 10-3, in their opening match, then lost to Jordan Noll of Effingham, 5-1, in the quarterfinals.

    In the consolation bracket, Holub defeated Sage Thimmesch of Garden Plain 14-8 before losing to Derek Soucie of Wichita Independent 2-0. With his 2-2 record at Hays, Holub finished his senior season at 32-10.

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