The Hillsboro wrestling team placed second at the six-school Southeast of Saline Dual Tourna?ment Saturday, ending the Trojans? four-year run as champions.
Hillsboro, which won four of five duals, placed second behind Russell, who defeated the Trojans in the last match of the day, 48-24. Prior to that, HHS defeated Bennington, 42-18, Remington, 60-12, Republic County, 33-31 and Southeast of Saline, 42-39.
?Obviously, I am not happy with finishing second,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?However, I am pleased with the way the guys competed and wrestled overall. The intensity level was much higher, and most everyone wrestled with a lot of poise.
?Losing the close matches against strong opposition gives some of the guys a good idea of where they are at and what they need to improve on over the next couple weeks.?
Individually, Bret Mueller went 3-2 at 119 pounds, Lucas Sinclair 2-3 at 125, Darren Mueller 3-2 at 130, Matt Yoder 4-1 at 135, Dimitri McClelland 3-2 at 140, Justin King 3-2 at 145, Jared King 5-0 at 152, Aaron Bina 5-0 at 160, Dylan Delk 3-2 at 171 and Evan Just 4-1 at 189.
?The guys made some good adjustments this past week, especially in attitude, but also in some technique,? O?Hare said. ?These things are starting to pay off. If we continue to build on this and work on a few other areas of concern, we should compete very well down the stretch.?
On Thursday, the Trojans split a pair of league dual matches, defeating Nickerson 39-33 and losing to Lyons 52-30.
Coming? The Trojans will wrap up their dual season this Thursday with the only home varsity competition of the season. With the addition of middle school matches and recognition of young wrestlers and HHS wrestling alumni, the evening has been dubbed, ?Night of Hillsboro Wrestling: Past, Present and Future.? Matches begin at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the team will tune up for regionals by competing at the Remington Invita?tional. Matches begin at 9 a.m.