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Mendoza is CKL champ

Hillsboro brought home one champion, a third place, and five top five finishers from Saturday’s Central Kansas League wrestling tournament at Hesston.

Levi Mendoza continued to dominate 195-pound competition. He received a bye in the first round, won by injury default in the second, pinned his third and fourth round competition, and nicked out a narrow 2-1 double-overtime victory against a Lyons opponent to become CKL champion.

“I’m very excited about how Levi has performed the last couple weeks, particularly with winning a CKL championship in his senior season,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “He has improved his season record to 30-7 and is wrestling well heading into the regional tournament.”

At 138 pounds, Travis King took a bye in the first round, pinned second and third round competitors, won 10-9 in the fourth, and pinned his final opponent to take third place.

O’Hare said King’s wrestling technique looks good overall, but he is making some costly mistakes that better wrestlers capitalize on.

William Spaich, Jaden Priest, Lane Flaming, Franklin Jost, and Dawson Jost each placed fifth in their brackets.

The Trojans placed sixth out of nine teams. O’Hare said several Trojans were unable to wrestle because of illness and injury.

Hillsboro wrestles in a two-day regional tournament at 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday in Marion.

Last modified Feb. 17, 2016