On Saturday December 12, the Hillsboro Hawks Girls Wrestling Team competed in the Wentzville Liberty Invitational Tournament. The Hawks earned 35 points, finishing 8th out of 13 schools, which is an excellent finish, considering the team only entered four wrestlers. The team came home with one gold medal, as well as three bronzes.
Ashlynn Dean wrestled at the 132 lb. weight class and went 2-2, successfully pinning two opponents. She earned a third place finish and brought home a bronze medal. She was pleased with her performance, saying, “It felt great knowing I’m learning and improving. It was a fun tournament and I’m glad success came out of it!”
Jada Green, at 174, also earned a bronze medal. She went 2-2, pinning two opponents. Head Coach Matt Mitchell was pleased, and said “Dean and Green did great for their first ever Varsity tournament. They wrestled tough and came away with some big wins for the first time.”
At 137, Katie Hendrix placed third as well. She pinned three opponents for a 3-2 record on the day, and also came home with a bronze medal. Mitchell commented on her performance, noting, “Hendrix beat a really good girl to take 3rd place. She lost a close match earlier in the tournament, and will make some adjustments to get better. So far she has been doing really well.”
Lastly, at 235, Marissa Hudman had an excellent tournament, pinning both opponents she faced and won the gold medal. Mitchell has noticed her improvements, and said, “Hudman has been really focused on getting better this year. She is doing a lot of things right and I’m happy she is having some success. I’m excited to watch her the rest of the year.”
Mitchell knows that with every match, the team will continue to grow and learn. They will travel to Seckman for a dual meet on Wednesday, December 16. Until then, the team will continue to make refinements this week in the practice room.