Shorthanded wrestling team still finds success
Despite wrestling with a depleted roster, Hillsboro High School wrestlers saw some individual success Saturday at a round robin tournament in Lyons.
Coach Scott O’Hare said five wrestlers were out due to injury or illness.”
However, Raymond Johnston, Travis King, and Jaden Priest each took second in their respective weight classes, while Taryn Norstrom placed third and William Spaich came in fifth.
At 113 pounds, Johnston pinned two opponents and defeated a third in a 12-4 decision, but was pinned once and defeated 17-4 in another match.
O’Hare said Johnson earned second from a three-way tie on a tiebreaker.
“Raymond had a pretty solid tournament in a very competitive bracket,” O’Hare said.
King, the Trojans’ 145-pounder, lost 10-1 to his first opponent, but “breezed through” other opponents, pinning all three.
“Travis seems to be getting close to turning a corner,” O’Hare said. “There are few things he needs to get corrected, but overall, I still think he is in a pretty good place.”
At 170 pounds, Priest lost 7-4 then turned around to pin two successive opponents, each within a minute.
O’Hare said he dominated the two opponents he pinned, but that Priest needs to work on executing some moves quicker and more explosively.
Norstrom, Hillsboro’s 152-pounder, pinned her first opponent, and was pinned by two others.
“She won her first varsity medal,” O’Hare said. “She continues to make some nice progress.”
O’Hare said 120-pounder Spaich suffered a neck injury in his opening bout, but the injury was not believed to be serious. As of Sunday, it was unclear when he would return.
The Trojans wrestle again Saturday at the Central Kansas League tournament in Pratt, while Norstrom will wrestle for Canton-Galva High School at the inaugural Kansas Girls State Championships at McPherson.
Last modified Feb. 8, 2017