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The Hillsboro wrestling program sent five girls to the John Burroughs Girls Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Those girls returned with five medals, a great deal of respect, and experience that will benefit each one of them down the road.
“All the girls had great tournaments,” head coach Matt Mitchell commented. “They all got wins, and they all got great experience this weekend. This tournament had 12 teams in it. We scored 130 points and finished fourth. We were only four points out of third place (Brentwood). This is a testament to how well our girls did, as we only had five entries into the tournament. The teams ahead of us almost had full line-ups.” St. Clair won the event with 251 points.
Leading the way for the girls was Mikalyn Barciszewski. The sophomore pinned her first opponent from Ladue in 1:14. She then defeated a wrestler from McCluer North, pinning her in 1:56. In the championship match, it took her a little longer, but she pinned a girl from St. Clair in 3:59 to bring home the championship in the 115 weight class. “I was really happy for Mika,” Mitchell pointed out. “She got her first ever tournament championship. She has been working hard in the practice room, and I’m happy to see her get rewarded. She still has some things to work on, but she had a really good tournament.”
Barciszewski was overwhelmed. “This weekend was amazing,” she exclaimed. “I went up against some good girls. Coming in this season, I knew I needed to be more aggressive and quick on my feet. My work over the summer months has paid off. I went in and applied everything I learned to every match, and I went undefeated! I am very proud and happy with the way I wrestled this weekend, and I can’t wait for the next match!”
Other standouts included Grace Johnson (142) and Joey Madding (110). Johnson went 4-1 and took second place in her division. All her wins were by fall, and her only loss came to a Ladue wrestler in round six. “I’m really proud of her,” Mitchell said. “She tried new things and did really well.” Johnson said the competition was intense. “The last two days were tough, as it was the first tournament of the season for the girls team, and every wrestling team there worked extremely hard every chance they had. It was great to see. We had a lot of support cheering us on and pushing us to do the best we could. I surprised myself with how well I did, and I’m incredibly proud of not only my performance, but also the rest of the team’s as well.”
Madding also took second place, pinning a girl from St. Clair, but losing to a wrestler from Park Hills. “She made a mistake in one of her matches and it cost her,” Mitchell explained. “Joey will rebound and be back.” Madding said the tournament was a good experience. “I’m happy with my results today,” she said after the meet. “It was really cool that all of the girls on the Hillsboro team medaled today. The brackets in the tournament were kind of small, but there was still good competition.”
Freshman Kaitlyn Hindle (166) got her first ever win and ended up taking third place. She pinned a girl from Brentwood. Finally, Marissa Hudman (235) also took third and got two quality wins, both by fall. “It was an exhausting past two days, but my team, coach, and supportive family helped me push through it, so I could do my best,” Hudman said. “It was a great weekend, in my opinion, especially with how all our girls placed. I’m also happy with how I placed considering there was some good opponents there.”
Mitchell was very pleased with how the girls performed. “Overall, the girls had a great tournament. They are learning and working hard. They got to experience some success this weekend, so now we are looking to build off of that as we go along in the season.”
The girls will take part in tomorrow’s meet in Farmington against the Knights and Washington. Start time is 5:00 p.m.