Hillsboro goes 2-3 at Marion County Duals
Patton, Flaming unbeaten
The Hillsboro High School wrestling team was in action Friday, joining Marion as hosts for the Marion County Duals.
As a team, the Trojans posted a 2-3 finish, falling to Douglass, 42-33, and eventual pool champion Clearwater, 48-25.
Hillsboro’s victory came decisively, upending Remington, 57-15.
In the consolation bracket, the Trojans topped Wabaunsee, 51-17, but tumbled to Rock Creek, 48-35 for 10th place.
“Overall we were pleased with the performance on Friday,” Trojan coach Scott O’Hare said. “We were very competitive in every dual as a team, particularly when you consider the 12 points we give up automatically in each dual with the two open weight classes.
“I thought many of our upper classmen and returning wrestlers competed well as they combined for a 26-9 record on the day.”
There was no shortage on tough competition, with a combined total of 22 wrestlers ranked in the state’s top-six from both 4A and 3-2-1A classes.
Only Andre Patton and Lane Flaming completed a perfect tournament at 5-0 with Kyle Horton and Charlie Major each going 4-1.
The quartet of Raymond Johnson, Jordan Bachman, Tristan Rathbone, and Austin Rempel finished at 3-2, and Paul Glanzer and Connor Morey went 2-3.
Also competing were Garrett Helmer and Jared Janzen, posting 1-4 finishes.
“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,” O’Hare said. “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 see how this group continues to improve and compete through January and February.”
Hillsboro will return to action Jan. 5, competing at the formidable Herington tournament.