Twelve wrestling teams from near and far converged at Bellbrook High School for the 44th Annual Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7, in an event where the Hillsboro wrestling team made an impressive showing.
Expecting to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack as a team, Hillsboro by far exceeded those expectations. Down several starters due to injuries, the rest of the wrestlers fought hard to finish in third place. Chaminade Julienne and Wilmington finished first and second, respectively.
Many of the HHS wrestlers placed in their individual weight classes, and leading the way for the Indians were Jared Conn (220) and Lane Cluff (HWT). Conn pinned five opponents and Cluff pinned four opponents to earn championships in their respective weight classes. Both finished the day undefeated.
Mason Stanley (152) and Cordell Covault (160) made impressive showings as well. Stanley had four wins and Covault had three wins for the day. Both lost only one match each and earned 2nd place honors.
Wyatt Wilking (145) also fought hard for four wins and suffered only one loss. He placed third for the Indians, and placing fourth for the Indians at 182 pounds was Austin Miller. Miller had two wins and two losses on the day. Rounding out the top placers for Hillsboro was Chad Bieler (138) with two wins and a loss, earning Bieler a fourth place standing.
Other wrestlers competing for Hillsboro were Adam Bieler (152) and Richard Adkins (195). Bieler had a record of 0-4 while Adkins went 1-2 on the day.
HHS is scheduled to have a home wrestling meet on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. From there the Indians travel to Western Brown High School on Saturday, Jan. 14 for the annual Hammer and Anvil Tournament.