HHS wrestlers host Council Grove, battle at Hoisington

Hillsboro freshman Jacob Bachman changes the dynamics against his Council Grove opponent, Bill Sales, during the home dual meet. Bachman prevailed in a 12-11 decision.The Hillsboro wrestling team hosted Council Grove on Thursday for their annual one-on-one dual showcase.

Prior to the action, two Trojan seniors were recognized for their participation in the program: Mac Bartel and Dylan Horton.

The visitors won the night by a 54-10 score. The Trojans filled only seven of the 14 weight classes while Council Grove filled 12 weight classes and received 36 points in forfeits.

Of the classes that were contested, Hillsboro won three: Bartel defeated Colton Bacon by a 17-15 decision at 120 pounds; Jordan Bach­man defeated Bill Sales in a 12-11 decision at 126; Andre Patton defeated Chase Bacon by a 10-1 major decision at 138.

In the other four contested matches: Tom Valken­burg (CG) defeated Charlie Major by fall at 113 pounds, Brandon Meadors (CG) defeated Taryn Nor­strom by fall at 145; Alvin Holmes (CG) defeated Dylan Horton by fall at 160; Bo Kraus (CG) defeated Ethan Plenert by fall at 170.

“Overall, I was pleased with how the wrestlers competed,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Jordan Bachman had an exciting win over an opponent that had beaten him earlier in the season.

“Mackenzie Bartel fought through shoulder pain and was trying to recover from being ill earlier in the week. We were pleased that he was able to dig deep and find what he needed to pull off an overtime victory.

“Andre had a solid performance in his match as well,” O’Hare added. “He continues to show more flashes of his explosiveness and speed, but we definitely have some technical things to improve on.” Hillsboro sophomore maintains leverage against Council Grove opponent, Chase Bacon, during Thursday’s matchup. Andre Patton defeated Bacon with a 10-1 major decision.

Hoisington—Hillsboro competed Saturday at the Hoisington Cardinal Classic with six wrestlers.

Freshman Jordan Bach­man (3-2 for the day, 19-7 overall) led the team with a third-place finish and earned 13 team points in the 126-pound weight class. Bach­man pinned three opponents and was pinned by the other two.

Mac Bartel (0-4, 9-8) placed fifth at 120 pounds but did not score. He was pinned in his first three matches, then lost by injury default.

At 138 pounds, Andre Patton (2-2 plus a bye, 15-13) scored 3.5 team points by finishing fifth. He won his first match by 10-5 decision, lost his next two by fall, then received a bye in the consolation bracket before defeating Harrison Renner of Goddard Eisenhower in the fifth-place match.

At 152, Dylan Horton (1-4, 5-20) earned a point for the team by defeating Clayton Elliott of Douglass, with an 11-1 major decision in the seventh-place match.

Ethan Plenert (0-4, 1-13) lost his first four matches before receiving a bye in the seventh-place match.

“Friday was a rough day at Hoisington,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “The competition was very solid, but we just seemed very flat. I felt like we gave up on things too quickly and just didn’t seem to have much fight in us. As the coach, I need to do a better job of getting them motivated.”

Coming—The Trojans will compete at the Lyons Round Robin Tournament on Saturday. The league tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, hosted by Smoky Valley.

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