The Hillsboro Girls Varsity Wrestling team was in action this past Friday, January 8 in Jefferson City for the Capital City Scramble. The girls had an excellent night of wrestling coming away with a third place finish for the team.
Finishing third out of 13 is quite remarkable, especially with only six competitors. Head Coach Jeffrey Hoese said, “I was very pleased with all of the ladies. They’re hitting their stride at the right time and continue to improve individually and as a team.”
Wrestling at the 112 lb. weight class, Mika Barciszewski placed third, with a 1-2 record. Her win was by pin at 1:03.
At 127, Grace Johnson went 1-1, and placed second. Her win was by a decision, 11-5.
Ashlynn Dean wrestled at 132, and went 4-1, coming in second place as well. All of her victories came by pin. Hoese was pleased, and said, “Dean continues to impress. She won four tough matches and lost her last one to a tough opponent.”
Dean commented on how she will improve, and added, “I’m mainly going to practice more on improving my shots this week.”
Katie Hendrix, at 137, knocked down the competition, defeating all four of her opponents by pin, to capture first place. Hoese commented, “Hendrix had a stellar night, dominating the competition in all four matches. Her focus in practice the last couple of weeks has really sharpened and it’s showing on the mat.”
At 174, Alleigh Culley went 2-3 and took fourth place. She had one win by pin. “Alleigh, a first year freshman, is starting to see her hard work in the practice come to fruition. She won two matches, a major decision 8-0 and a fall, against a couple of pretty tough girls. She was all smiles with her first wrestling medal around her neck,” said Hoese.
Wrestling at 235, Marissa Hudman also went 2-3 and took fifth place. Both her wins were by pin.
The Hawks will be in action again on Tuesday, January 12 against Festus and Desoto.