On Saturday, January 30, the SEMO Conference hosted a Junior Varsity wrestling tournament featuring 11 schools. The Hillsboro Hawks entered 19 wrestlers and had quite a successful day, bringing home the Silver Medal with a total of 208 team points. Five Hawks also finished on the podium individually.
At 113, Dimitri Shlosberg took third place with a 2-2 record, including one pin. He had a hard fought 5-1 decision over a Park Hills Central Opponent to win the Bronze Medal.
At 120, Logan Knuckles took third place with an 0-2 record.
At 126, Hillsboro entered two wrestlers. Keegan Walther finished fourth with a 2-2 record and Elliot Odom finished sixth with a 2-3 record. Odom had a rewarding moment in the tournament, and said, “I hit an ankle pick with a collar tie that I’ve been working on since last year and it was pretty awesome seeing what I’ve been working for starting to pay off.”
Hillsboro entered three wrestlers at 132. Eli Hays finished second with a 4-1 record, including four pins in a row, all in the first minute. Brian Duwa finished fifth with a 1-4 record, and Gabe Speed finished sixth with an 0-5 record.
At 138, Brendan Emmett finished 6th with a 2-3 record, with both wins by pin.
At 145, Gavin Griffin finished seventh with a 2-3 record, with one win by pin. Griffin reflected on his pin victory, and said, “Going into the match my main thing was to get control, once I had control I knew I had to execute either a good take down or have a good shot so I decided to grab hold of the back of his neck and snap him down. Once I had him on his stomach I used a full Nelson to turn him to his back and hold him down for the pin.”
Colton Gronberg, at 152, took seventh with a 3-2 record, with one pin victory.
At 160, Dawson Owens finished ninth with a 1-4 record.
Two wrestlers were entered at 170. Jacob Hooss placed third with a 4-1 record, with four pins. Wyatt Johnson placed fourth with a 3-2 record, with three pins. In the third place match, Hooss actually squared off against teammate Johnson.
At 182, Logan Kay took fifth with a 2-3 record, with two pins.
Andrew Isaacson, at 195, took second with a 3-1 record, with three pins.
At 220, Hillsboro entered two wrestlers. Connor Boyster finished fourth with a 1-3 record, with one pin, while Miles Justus took fifth with an 0-4 record.
The Hawks entered two wrestlers at 285. Wyatt Yaeger took fifth with a 3-2 record, with two pins. Ethan Engle finished eighth with an 0-5 record.
Even though the regular season is over, the Junior Varsity squad will continue to work out with the Varsity team to keep them sharp for the upcoming district tournament.