HILLSBORO—The Hillsboro wrestling team dominated the Chase County Early Season Invitational, last Saturday, winning the team championship over seven other teams.
The team score of 121 placed them 9 points ahead of second-place Nickerson (112) and 31.5 points above Chase County in third place.
Four individual wrestlers for Hillsboro took first place in their weight categories—Garrett Helmer (138), Jordan Bachman (145), Tristan Rathbone (152) and Austin Rempel (195).
Charlie Major (120), Ryder Norstrom (145) and Deon Weeks (195) each placed second in their respective weight classes. Isaiah Patton (138), Filow Cruz (220) and Anthony Fickes (120) all took third place. Fickes was the only competitor entered at 113 lbs, so he moved up to wrestle in the 120 bracket.
Coach Scott O’Hare said the tournament was a great way to return from the extended Christmas break and get back into competition.
“We felt like our guys competed very well for our first time back on the mat since mid-December,” O’Hare said. “Due to the number of entries, it was also nice that we were allowed to take a few of the JV wrestlers to compete, as well. Therefore, most of the team was able to participate and get a lot of competition experience.”
The team combined for a win-loss record of 42-14, with five of the losses coming from Hillsboro junior varsity wrestlers losing to varsity wrestlers from other teams.
O’Hare said the tournament gives the team a great foundation to build on through the month of January.
“Over the next three weeks, the level of competition will definitely be much tougher,” O’Hare said. “However, we feel like we have a solid group moving in the right direction. Overall, they continue to improve with technique and the overall mentally and physical toughness continue to get better, as well. We are excited to see how this team continues to progress.”