Trojan wrestlers fifth at Hoisington

Led by Jon Carey?s weight-class championship at 132 pounds, the Hillsboro wrestling team placed fifth among the nine teams competing at the Hoisington Cardinal Classic Tourna?ment Friday.

The Trojans accumulated 91 points, trailing only the host school with 195.5, Doug?lass with 125, Cimar?ron with 105 and Goddard Eisen?hower with 97.5.

?The Hoisington Cardinal Classic gave us an opportunity to meet up with a few different teams, and it tested our mental and physical toughness,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?Most of the guys wrestled four or five matches in about a five-hour time frame.?

Four other Trojans placed among the top three in their respective classes. Jesse Meier (4-1) placed second at 170 pounds. Finishing third were Ian Alumbaugh (2-2) at 138, Levi Mendoza (2-2) at 182, and Nathan Simhiser (2-2) at 195.

Also competing were Mack Bartel (1-3), who placed fourth at 106; Tristan Donaldson (1-4), seventh at 120; Travis King (2-3), fourth at 126; Tyson Reimer (2-3), sixth at 145; Franklin Jost (1-4), fifth at 220; and Ryan Stepanek (0-5), sixth at 285.

?Overall, I thought we competed pretty well, and a few of the guys picked up some nice wins against wrestlers they had lost to earlier in the season,? O?Hare said. ?Our two seniors (Carey and Meier) led the team and both had solid performances.?

Home dual?Hillsboro defeated Council Grove, 48-34, in a dual battle Thursday at Brown Gymnasium.

?After struggling in the light weights and falling behind 28-12, the boys got on a roll and finished the dual with six straight wins, all by pin,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?It made for an exciting finish for the evening.?

Claiming victories by fall were Jon Carey at 132, Ian Alumbaugh at 138, Tyson Reimer at 152, Jesse Meier at 170, Levi Mendoza at 182, Nathan Simhiser at 195, Franklin Jost at 220 and Ryan Stepanek at 285.

Also competing for Hills?boro were Mack Bartel at 106, Ryan Bradford at 113, Tristan Donaldson at 120, Travis King at 126 and Jaden Priest at 145.

Marion JV?Hillsboro entered nine wrestlers at a junior varsity meet Saturday in Marion.

Ian Alumbaugh won the 138-pound class. Also competing were Mack Bartel, Ryan Bradford, Jaden Priest, Tyson Reimer, Westin Etheridge, Colin Settle, Ryan Stepanek and Austin Welch.

?The Marion JV tournament was a great opportunity for our younger wrest?lers to get some additional mat time,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?They continue to improve, and I have been very impressed with their attitudes. Win or lose, they are keeping a positive attitude.?

Coming?Hillsboro will compete at Lyons Satur?day, with matches beginning at 10 a.m.

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