Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:04
Seven top-four finishers propelled Marion to third place as a team at the Chase County Wrestling Invitational Saturday.
Brody Carroll and Evan Slater paved the way for Marion with winning their respective weight classes. Carroll went 3-0 at 152 pounds and Slater went 4-0 at 220.
“(Brody) is wrestling tough right now,” coach Chad Adkins said. “(Evan) wrestled really well.”
Two Warriors earned second place finishes. Zac Lewman went 3-1 at 170 pounds and Adam Janzen went 2-1 at 182.
“(Zac) wrestled better than he has all year,” Adkins said. “His whole situation is all about leverage, and he either has it or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t have it, he gets beat. If he has it, he can beat a lot of people, and once he figures that out all the time, he’s going to win a lot of matches.”
Placing third were Eric Regnier, who went 2-1 at 126, while Luke Steele finished 3-1 at 145.
“(Eric) wrestled much better this weekend,” Adkins said. “(Luke) is starting to put things together at the right time.”
Adam Kjellin placed fourth at 285 with a 2-2 record.
“(Adam) had his best tournament of the year,” Adkins said.
“We wrestled quite a bit better this weekend. We have regionals this weekend, so we will spend the week tuning up and give it a go.”
Hoisington—The Warriors faced tough competition at the Hoisington Double Dual Thursday. Nine Warriors competed in a lineup with 14 weight classes.
“We were missing four people who contribute for us on Thursday night,” coach Chad Adkins said. “Hoisington is probably the best team we’ve wrestled in awhile. They were really physical; they were all really strong. They’re just pretty good.”
Marion suffered a 69-3 loss to Hoisington. The Warriors’ sole points came from Brody Carroll in the 152-pound weight class. In addition to the Hoisington dual, Marion defeated Hillsboro, 30-28, but lost to Smoky Valley, 54-21.