Two HHS?wrestlers nab second place



Cody Delk and Tanner Jones led the Hillsboro wrestling team with second-place finishes in their respective weight class Friday at the competitive Hoisington Cardi?nal Classic Tournament.

Delk went 4-1 in a six-man round-robin format at 145 pounds while Jones was the runner-up with a 2-2 record at 160 pounds in a five-man round robin.

?It was great to see Cody Delk finish in the top two with his only loss on the evening coming to state-ranked Chance Demel from Hoisington,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?Things seem to be coming together for him after missing most of last season due to injury.?

Jones?s two losses came against quality opponents as he finished in a three-way tie for second place. He received the runner-up medal based on tie-breaker criteria.

?That shows it was a very highly contested bracket,? O?Hare said.

Three Trojan wrestlers placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Bret Mueller went 1-3 at 138, Cody Craney was 1-3 at 170 and Matt Reeh was 0-3 in a four-man competition at 285.

?Bret ran up against some very tough competition and competed well, but he still has some work to do to get where he wants to be in February,? O?Hare said.

Overall, the Trojan coach was pleased with his team?s effort.

?Although the win-loss records would indicate a pretty rough evening, we saw some good, tough competition and many of the guys showed some nice improvement from previous meets,? he said.

JV at Marion?Several Trojans came back late from Hoisington Friday to compete the following day at a junior-varsity tournament in Marion.

Cody Delk came off a second-place finish at Hoisington to go 4-0 at Marion and win the 145-pound weight class.

?He stepped up to the challenge and grew as a wrestler, going 8-1 over the two days,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?Hope?fully this will be a big confidence boost for him.?

Jon Carey was Hillsboro?s other weight-classer winner, posting a 3-0 record at 120.

?I was proud of Jon Carey for winning his first high school tournament,? O?Hare said. ?These past two weekends have been very beneficial for him. He is really starting to look strong on the mat and doing some nice things.?

Also competing for Hillsboro were: River Cecil, 0-4 for fifth place at 132; Jesse Meier, 1-2 for third at 145; Cody Craney, 1-3 for third at 170, and Matt Reeh, 0-4 for fifth at 285.

?All six of these young guys have made tremendous improvement and continue to work hard to get better,? O?Hare said.

Coming?The Trojans will compete Friday in a duals tournament at Southeast of Saline. Matches begin at 10 a.m.

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