Hillsboro placed seventh among nine teams and two wrestlers earned top three spots finishes Saturday at the Central Kansas League tournament in Pratt.
Raymond Johnson took second at 113-pounds pinning four opponents before losing a close finals match 6-4 to an opponent that had pinned him last week.
“I was very proud of Raymond on his runner-up finish as a freshman,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “He had been battling some lower back pain most of the week, so we had to limit him during his workouts in an attempt to have it ready for the weekend.”
O’Hare said Johnson started a bit slow in his first match, but dominated the third period, eventually earning the fall.
“He then came out and dominated his next three opponents by getting early takedowns, grinding on top, and pinning all three in the first period,” O’Hare said.
Travis King placed third at 145-pounds. O’Hare said King worked hard to win an overtime match 8-6, lost a tight match 4-3, and earned two pins, only to be pinned by an undefeated opponent who is ranked No. 2 in 321A to finish the day.
At 160 pounds, Lane Flaming was pinned twice, pinned one opponent, received a bye, and won 14-1 in his final match to take fifth.
“A few things started to click for him this weekend,” O’Hare said. “Although it’s getting late in the season and time is running out, I am very pleased with Lane’s progress.”
Connor Morey took fifth at 220 pounds and Jaden Priest placed seventh at 170 pounds. It was Morey’s first competition this season. O’Hare said Morey recently returned to the mat from a shoulder injury he sustained during football season.
Hillsboro competes Friday and Saturday in the 321A tournament at Mound City.