Led by a third-place finish by Levi Mendoza, the Hillsboro wrestling team placed 10th at the 20-team Eureka Invitational on Saturday.
El Dorado won the tournament with 1821?2 points, while the Trojans settled in mid-pack with 65.
?This tournament is always a great measuring stick at this point in the season,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?It is generally a very solid tournament from top to bottom. Overall, that held true to form this year.
?As has been the case since Christmas break, we continue to see improvements. Although these improvements are not always obvious in the win-loss aspect, the guys continue to progress.?
Mendoza finished with a 3-1 record for the day at 195 pounds, improving his season record to 16-6.
?Levi has been dominate against most opponents, however he has struggled against some of the top-tier wrestlers,? O?Hare said. ?He has wrestled them all tough, and has come out on top in a few, but of his six losses, five have been in overtime. He is very close to getting over the hump.?
The Trojans had four wrestlers reach the fifth-place match. Winning that match were Mack Bartel (3-2) at 113 pounds, Travis King (4-2) at 138 and Dawson Jost, who competed for the first time after stepping away from the sport for a while. He posted a 2-2 record in his debut.
?Both Mack and Travis continue to look very good at times, particularly when they wrestle aggressively, control the pace and wrestle their own styles,? O?Hare said. ?However, when they get defensive, they tend to struggle.
?It was nice to see Dawson back on the mat,? he added. ?He spent some time wrestling in our local kids club and competed through middle school. He recently made the decision to get back in to the sport. He is a strong, athletic and aggressive kid that will help our program.?
Franklin Jost (3-3) lost by fall in his fifth-place match at 182 pounds.
Also competing for Hills?boro were William Spaich (0-2) at 120, Kyle Horton (0-2) at 145, Jaden Priest (1-2) at 152, Ian Alumbaugh (1-2) at 160 and Colin Settle (0-2) at 170.
Coming?Hillsboro will host a dual with Council Grove on Thursday starting at 7 p.m., then will compete at Hoisington on Friday, starting at 3 p.m.