Depleted Trojan wrestling opens season
With only a handful of wrestlers out this season, getting a team score is going to be pretty hard to come by for the Trojans and coach Scott O’Hare.
That’s why O’Hare’s going to be using meets more for getting mat time instead of points.
The season got underway Thursday with the Trojans facing a double dual at Minneapolis against the host Lions and Halstead.
The Dragons topped Hillsboro in the first dual 24-12 and the Lions prevailed in the finale, 59-6.
“We were just hoping for some quality mat time and competition experience,” O’Hare said. “We got it for all four of our wrestlers.”
Thursday was a breakout day for freshman Jordan Bachman—the Trojans’ only wrestler to go unbeaten with a pair of falls.
“He looked very solid on his feet and in the top position, dominating both opponents,” said O’Hare. “We’re very excited to see his progress this season.”
Wrestling his first high school varsity matches, freshman Charlie Major competed hard in the 113-pound class but failed to pick up a win, dropping a 2-0 decision, which could’ve gone in his favor.
The sophomore duo of Andre Patton and Taryn Norstrom also finished without a victory with Patton competing in exhibition matches.
“Although Andre and Taryn suffered losses in both duals, we are definitely able to take some things from these matches and learn from them,” said O’Hare. “We’re excited to get back in the wrestling room and continue to get better.”
Norstrom did, however, earn a pair of wins Saturday, competing in the girls’ tournament at McPherson for Canton-Galva for the 145-pound division.
Out of 50 competitors, Norstrom’s 2-2 finish and 11 points were enough to earn her fourth-place.
On tap for the Trojans is a long trip Friday for the Ellis Invitational with action set to begin at 3 p.m.