Trojan wrestlers finish fifth at Ellis

The Hillsboro wrestling team hit the road for a 21⁄2-hour drive west to Ellis to compete in its first tournament of the young season.

The Trojans returned with a fifth-place finish in a field of seven teams competing in a round-robin format.

Fellow Central Kansas League member Hoisington won the team title with 252 points, followed by Trego (160), Ellis (147), Council Grove (113), Hillsboro (110), Stockton (54) and the Good­land junior varsity (23).

Trojan sophomore Kyle Horton, who placed second at 152 pounds, led the Tro­jans with a 4-1 record and a team-high 26 points. All four of his wins were by fall.

Senior Travis King went 4-1, including one win by forfeit, to place second at 145 pounds and generate 20 points for the team. Two of his wins were by fall, one by major decision and one by decision.

Freshman Raymond Johnston, wrestling at 113 pounds, won three of his five matches to finish third in his weight class for 19 team points. All three of John­ston’s wins were by fall.

Sophomore William Spaich went 2-1, including one forfeit victory and one by fall, to place second in his weight class and add 18 team points.

Junior Kaden Ward placed third at 138 pounds with a 1-2 record, including a win by fall, and scored 11 team points.

Taryn Norstrom, also competing at 152 pounds, finished the day with a 1-4 mark to place fifth in her weight class. Her one win came by decision versus teammate Dylan Horton in her final match of the day.

Lane Flaming received one win by bye and added a second by fall to finish the day at 2-2. He placed fifth in the 160-pound class.

Jaden Priest went 2-3 at 170 pounds to earn fourth place in his weight class and scored 12 team points. Both of his wins were by fall.

“Overall, we were pleased with how the wrestlers competed,” said Scott O’Hare, Hillsboro head coach. “We saw a lot of improvements from last Thursday, and they were certainly attempting some of the things we had worked on this past week in practice.”

O’Hare said his team battled competitively throughout the day.

“We certainly have a lot of fundamental and technical things to improve on, but overall they seem to be heading in the right direction,” he said. “Hopefully, we can fix some of these mistakes this next week and continue to develop a higher degree of mental toughness.”

Coming—Hillsboro and Marion will finish their pre-break schedule by co-hosting the Marion County Dual Tournament Friday. Matches begin at 3 p.m. with both host schools wrestling at their home gymnasium.

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