Two Hillsboro High School wrestlers made it to the championship match in their weight classes Saturday at Herington.
Senior Bret Mueller lost in the championship match of the 138-pound class. He earned the first takedown in the match but could not hold onto the lead for a victory.
“After a first round bye, Bret dominated his next two matches to cruise into the championship match,” head coach Scott O’Hare said.
Junior Tanner Jones also advanced to the championship match and earned the first takedown of the contest before losing on points. He defeated the No. 3 seed in his bracket with a 3-point near fall to secure the win in the semifinal.
O’Hare was also pleased with the effort of Jon Carey who recorded two wins in the 120-pound bracket, one win away from a top-four finish. Matt Reeh, who filled in at heavy weight for Tyrell Thiessen who missed the tournament with an illness, also earned two victories.
“He too, was only one win away from a top-four finish in his first competition since his eighth grade year,” O’Hare said.
The Trojans wrestle at the Halstead Tournament Friday and Saturday.
“All of these guys have made some great progress to this point in the season and I fully expect that they will continue to do so,” O’Hare said. “Many of the matches that we lost throughout the tournament were due to technical mistakes and troubles with position, balance, and recognition of the situation they were in. Much of this will improve simply through experience and additional mat time in competition settings. I can’t fault their effort.”