Tough league tournament prepares students for regionals
Hillsboro wrestlers fought hard over the weekend at the Central Kansas League tournament in Nickerson, coach Scott O’Hare said.
The team placed fifth out of nine teams with 82 team points.
The tournament has increased in the level of competitiveness since the addition of league schools, O’Hare said.
“Saturday gave us a great opportunity to see where we stand against quality opposition,” he said. “These kinds of matches are great preparation for the upcoming regional tournament on Friday and Saturday and will also help those that are fortunate to qualify for state.”
Freshmen teammates had a tough day, O’Hare said. Tristan Donaldson and Travis King were in tough brackets with wrestlers that would probably be competing in the state tournament, he said.
“All four young men continue to improve every week and have bright futures competing for us,” he said.
Junior Jon Carey placed first and went undefeated throughout the day.
“He really dominated every opponent throughout the day,” O’Hare said.
O’Hare said the tough matches and strong practices for the rest of the week will prepare the team for regionals.
“They need to be physically and mentally ready to compete at their best and to give themselves the opportunity to extend their season by one week,” O’Hare said.
106 lbs., Tristan Donaldson placed fourth.
120 lbs., Travis King placed seventh.
126 lbs., Jon Carey placed first.
145 lbs., Tyson Reimer placed seventh.
152 lbs., Cody Delk placed fourth.
170 lbs., Jesse Meier placed sixth.
182 lbs., Levi Mendoza placed fourth.
195 lbs., Nathan Simhiser placed fourth.
220 lbs., Franklin Jost placed sixth.
285 lbs., Matt placed fourth.