After graduating six wrestlers last year, including a state qualifier, one would think that the Hillsboro wrestling team would be in a down year. Not according to head coach Nathan Horne, who is going into his ninth year coaching this team.
“We have a good team this year and I expect great things.” Horne said of his expectations of this season. “We have 12 guys all together and four of those are seniors so I think we’ll have some good senior leadership throughout the year. We also have three juniors. That means that over half our team are older guys, and most of them have experience. I think we can take that a long way this season.”
Horne is hoping to have good years out of several wrestlers this year including two-time State qualifier Kordell Ford.
“This year is [Kordell Ford’s] year.” Horne said. “He is a leader for this team as well. He is a two-time state qualifier and this year is his senior year and I think he should be top five in the state this year.”
“Jed Asmus and Lane Hester are also guys that we’re hoping to get good season out of.” coach Horne said. “We don’t have a lot of numbers this year, only 12 guys, but we bring a bunch of experience. I think we’ll do better in the tournaments than we do in the league. I’m more focused on district, sectional and state.”
The Hillsboro Indians tied for second with Washington last year and coach Horne says he thinks the team to beat this year will be Miami Trace.
“ Trace will be the team to beat, but I don’t want to take anything away from the rest of the league.” Horne said about the SCOL. “It should be a competitive league all around this year.”
“I wouldn’t use the word rebuilding for this season.” Horne said of his team. “I would call it more of a reloading year. We’re going to do some great things this year but I think it will be once we get into tournament time.”
“I plan on pushing this team hard this year.” Horne said. “We’re experienced and I’d like to see where we can go with that.”