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Trojans wrestlers compete at state tournament

Three Trojans competed at the 321A state wrestling tournament over the weekend in Hays.

Hillsboro took 48th out of 66 teams.

Coach Scott O’Hare said the Trojan trio had tough first round draws.

“Although I was disappointed that we didn’t pick up any wins in that first round, overall I was proud of how they came out and competed,” O’Hare said.

At 138 pounds, Travis King, a junior, was pinned in his first match by a two-time state champion that took second this year. However, King came back to pin his second competitor, and was pinned in his third match.

At 195 pounds, Levi Mendoza, a senior, was pinned in his first match by this year’s state champion. However, Mendoza came back to defeat his second opponent by points, then won his 100th career match against his third opponent, but was narrowly defeated 3-0 by his bracket’s third-place finisher in his final match.

At 182 pounds, Franklin Jost, a senior, was pinned in his only two matches.

“In the end, it is disappointing coming back from Hays without a state medal, but these guys have nothing to hang their heads about,” O’Hare said. “It is always bittersweet having your seniors competing at the state tournament, as it is the last opportunity to work with them. 

“Franklin and Levi have both been solid members of our wrestling program over the years.  I wish them the best of luck.

Last modified March 3, 2016

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