?I was pleased with how the guys competed throughout the day,? O?Hare said of his team, which placed 15th out of 16 schools. ?I thought they did some things much better than last week, but there are still a number of fundamental mistakes that some continue to make that cost them.?
The format for the tournament, hosted by Hills?boro and Marion, assigns the 16 schools to four pools; two pools were assigned to Hillsboro and the other two to Marion.
Once each pool completes a round-robin match?up between its four schools, the teams are then assigned a place in bracket play to battle for final placements.
Hillsboro went 0-3 in its pool, losing to Rock Creek 37-35, Burlington 49-19 and Clearwater 48-34.
The Trojans were then matched up with Republic County for a chance to claim 13th place. However, the Trojans lost 39-27 before bouncing back against Bluestem to win its only dual of the day, 42-35.
?We lost three or four very closely contested matches throughout the day, and lost a handful of others by getting caught out of position and getting pinned in matches that we were leading at the time,? O?Hare said.
?These are things we need to work on after we get back in to the wrestling room over the second half of Christmas break.?
Individually, Tristan Donaldson and Jon Carey enjoyed the most success for Hillsboro with 4-1 records. Donaldson competed at 106 pounds and Carey at 126.
Three Trojans finished 3-2: Cody Delk at 152, Preston Nelson at 160 and Franklin Jost at 220.
Also competing for Hills??boro were: Travis King, 2-3 at 120; Brook Bradford, 1-3 at 132; Nathan Bartel, 2-3 at 138; Tyson Reimer, 0-3 at 145; Levi Mendoza, 2-3 at 182; Nathan Simhiser, 2-3 at 220; and Matt Reeh, 2-3 at 285.
Reimer was injured in his third match. Jesse Meier sat out the event with an injury.
Coming?Hillsboro will return to competition Jan 11 when it travels to Herington High School for a 23-team tournament.