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Trojan wrestlers take 6th at Halstead

Although inexperienced at several positions, the Hillsboro Trojans wrestling team continues to improve, placing sixth among 23 teams at the Halstead invitational tournament Friday and Saturday.

“All of the guys continue to improve each week, which is exactly what we expect from them,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Going into the holiday break, there were a few basic fundamentals that some of the wrestlers were really struggling with. We have worked on some new drills over the past few weeks that really seem to be getting them more comfortable and confident in these skills.”

The Trojans rode on the experience of two seniors for the high team finish. John Carey was the top performer for Hillsboro, winning the 132-pound weight class with a 4-0 record. Jesse Meier placed second in the 170-pound class.

O’Hare has noticed improvements in wrestling techniques but said the areas that need improvement are largely up to his wrestlers.

“Right now I feel like one of our biggest issues is physical and mental toughness, which is difficult to coach, but something these wrestlers must develop if they intend to compete at a high level,” O’Hare said. “I believe that from a wrestling technique standpoint, we are doing some good things. We just need to continue to work.”

Results — Mack Bartel, 106 lbs, 1-3, 6th place; Tristan Donaldson, 120, 0-2; Travis King, 126, 3-2, 5th; Jon Carey, 132, 4-0, 1st; Tyson Reimer, 145, 1-2; Jesse Meier, 170, 3-1, 2nd; Levi Mendoza, 182, 3-2, 5th; Nathan Simhiser, 195, 1-3, 6th; Ryan Stepanek, 220, 0-2.

Last modified Jan. 21, 2015

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