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Three Trojan wrestlers head to state

Three Trojans are state-bound after qualifying Saturday in the 321A regional tournament in Marion.

Travis King, a junior, and seniors Franklin Jost and Levi Mendoza all placed fourth in their respective brackets.

“It’s always a rewarding experience to qualify for the 321A State Wrestling Tournament,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “It’s something many take for granted, but nothing is guaranteed.”

King pinned his first two opponents, was pinned by his third, pinned his fourth in the consolation semi-finals, and was pinned by his opponent in a match for third place.

Jost lost his first match 17-15 in a sudden victory decision, pinned his second and third opponents, and was pinned in his consolation finals match.

Mendoza pinned his first opponent, defeated his second 4-1, was pinned by his third, pinned his fourth, and lost a close match for third place 3-2.

“They have given themselves the opportunity to experience the reward for all the hard work, commitment, and sacrifices they have made,” O’Hare said. “Unfortunately, that reward must wait for their teammates. I am very proud of this entire group of guys.”

Hillsboro scored 55 team points to take 13th place out of 24 teams.

The 321A state wrestling tournament starts at 10 a.m. Friday in Hays.

Last modified Feb. 24, 2016

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