Wrestling meet brings strong field to area

Andre Patton wrestles Remington’s Hagen Taylor at 160 pounds Friday. Patton won by 10-6 decision. Karrie Rathbone / Free PressHillsboro and Marion co-host the Marion Co. Dual Wrestling Invitational on Friday, Dec. 14.

There was a strong field of teams and numerous outstanding individual wrestlers who competed in this tournament.

From Class 4A, Burlington is currently ranked in the Top 10 at fourth. Nine wrestlers from the four 4A schools (Clay Center, Clearwater, Burlington, and Rock Creek) are currently ranked in the top 6 in their respective weight classes.

From Class 3-2-1A, there were three currently Top 10 ranked teams. Minneapolis is at the second spot, Fredonia at fourth and Riley Co. at ninth. There were also 13 individual wrestlers currently ranked in the top 6 in their respective weigh classes.

Hillsboro came in at third in their bracket and placed 12th out of 16 teams. They lost their first round to Douglass 33-42. The second round went 25-48 to Clearwater who was the eventual tournament team runner-up. Hillsboro defeated Remington in the third round 57-15.

In the Consolation Bracket, Hillsboro beat Wabaunsee 51-17. They lost to Rock Creek in the final round 35-48.

“Overall, we were pleased with the performance on Friday. We were very competitive in every dual as a team, particularly when you consider the 12 points that we give up automatically in each dual with the two open weight classes,” said Coach Scott O’Hare. “I thought many of our upperclassmen and returning wrestlers competed very well, as they combined for a 26-9 record on the day. Some of the new wrestlers in the line-up also picked up some qualify wins and continue to gain valuable experience. As a group, everyone continues to improve and make nice progress.”

The individual results were as follows (weight, name, record for the day):

106, Paul Glanzer, 2-3

113, Charlie Major, 4-1

126, Raymond Johnston, 3-2

132, Garrett Helmer, 1-4

138, Jordan Bachman, 3-2

145, Tristan Rathbone, 3-2

152, Kyle Horton, 4-1

160, Andre Patton, 5-0

170, Austin Rempel, 3-2

182, Lane Flaming, 5-0

220, Connor Morey, 2-3

285, Jared Janzen, 1-4

In JV/Exhibition Matches

126, Eli Dalke, 1-1

152, Taryn Norstrom, 2-1

285, Zach Dittert, 0-2

O’Hare feels good about how the team is progressing.

“Between the opening duals with Halstead and Minneapolis, the trip out to Ellis, and with this tournament, we have had the opportunity to wrestle some high level competition here early in the season. I think we have a good feel for where we are at this point and what we need to be working on over the next few weeks,” said O’Hare. “With our pre-Christmas schedule wrapped up, we have a week here to work on some areas that need improvement, continue to add more technique, get a bit of time off for Christmas, then return to prepare for the second part of the season. I am excited to witness how this group continues to improve and compete through January and February.”

Coming – Hillsboro wrestling will be participating in a varsity invitational at Herington High School starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5.

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