Trojans 13th at Hesston

Travis King of Hillsboro works to break the hold of Nickerson?s Derek Boeken during their second-round match at the Hesston Invita?tional on Saturday. King defeated Boeken, 5-1, and went on to claim third place in the 138-pound weight class with a 3-1 record.Hillsboro?s wrestling team returned from the Hesston Invitational on Saturday with mixed reviews from coach Scott O?Hare following a 13th-place finish in the 16-school event.

?It was a disappointing day on the scoreboard, but overall, we have definitely improved since our opening duals,? O?Hare said. ?We saw some good things out of individuals throughout the day.?

Travis King led the Tro?jans, finishing third at 138 pounds with a 3-1 record. One of two returning state qualifiers in the lineup, King scored a 5-1 decision over Derek Boeken of Nickerson, lost 7-1 to Bryce Shults of Marion, defeated Hunter Emer?son of Hesston 5-1, and finished with a 5-1 win over Nathan Delaney of Bur?den-Central for third place.

?Travis King wrestled solid and is looking more and more confident on his feet,? O?Hare said. ?He looked much better in both the top and bottom positions, but we definitely identified some things he needs to improve on.?

O?Hare?s other state qualifier, Levi Mendoza, went 1-2 at 195 pounds. He lost 6-3 in overtime to Adrian Gerber of Chaparral, defeated Trace Scott of Smoky Valley 3-2, then lost 7-4 to Kelcey Kroetsch of Lyons.

?Levi was in a pretty solid bracket and lost a triple overtime match to the No. 4 ranked kid in Class 3-2-1A and ended up getting eliminated in another overtime match,? O?Hare said. ?He is very close, but he has to gain some confidence in his attacks. He is wrestling too tentatively, which cost him in both losses.?

O?Hare also highlighted Franklin Jost?s 3-2 performance at 182 pounds. Jost pinned Nick Robertson of Stafford, lost by fall to Charlie Nordquist of Marion, pinned Tommy Nickel of Bluestem, defeated Marshall Otter of St. John?s Military 5-3, then lost by fall to Michael Delaney of Bur?den-Central.

?Franklin continues to improve in every area and maybe wrestled some of his best matches ever on Satur?day,? O?Hare said.

Also competing for Hills?boro were: William Spaich, who went 2-2 at 120; Tristan Donaldson, 1-2 on the mat with one forfeit win at 132; Jaden Priest, 0-2 at 152; Ian Alumbaugh, 0-2 at 160; and Lane Flaming, 0-2 at 170.

?Overall, I am pleased with some of the progress the guys have made, but we really need them to get physically and mentally tougher so we can progress to another level,? O?Hare said.

Coming?Hillsboro will complete its pre-Christmas schedule when it co-hosts the Marion County Duals Tournament Friday. Hillsboro will wrestle at Brown Gymna?sium with matches beginning at 3 p.m.

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