After suffering losses on Friday, Hillsboro High School wrestlers Bret Mueller and Tanner Jones made furious comebacks to place Saturday at the Halstead Tournament.
Mueller finished fourth in the 138-lb. weight class. He advanced to the third place match by winning a 6-4 decision in the semifinal round. The senior wrestler was down 4-1 with 20 seconds remaining in the match when he went on the offensive. He scored a takedown and near fall points to secure victory. He lost a hard fought match to finish fourth.
In the consolation semifinals, Trojan junior Tanner Jones, wrestling at 160 lbs., faced Colten Johnson of Marion and took a 3-2 lead midway through the match. Jones looked to have the advantage when he lifted Johnson up into the air and was poised for a takedown. However, Johnson countered the move and scored a takedown and near fall to reverse the score.
Jones avenged his loss from Friday to take fifth place.
“I was really proud of how both Bret and Tanner came back and competed hard after disappointing losses on Friday evening,” head coach Scott O’Hare said.
The rest of the wrestling team did not record a win. Many of the young Trojans were faced with the top seeds in their respective weight classes Friday, O’Hare said.