Marion qualifies three for state wrestling tournament

The Marion Warriors qualified three wrestlers for state competition during this past weekend’s regional tournament in Eureka.

Earning a trip to Hays will be Charlie Holub, Gavin Moore and Casey Nelson.

“We wrestled really well and had a good shot at sixth (place as a team),” coach Chad Adkins said. “There will be absolutely no intimidation just because none of these guys have never been to state before.”

Charlie Holub, 17-12 for the season, place third at 135 pounds and will meet Spencer Hinson (30-14) of Silver Lake in his first-round match at Hays on Friday.

“Charlie is really aggressive and he works pretty well on his feet,” Adkins said. ” He’s going to be somebody they’re going to look right through.”

Gavin Moore, 20-16 overall, placed third at 152 pounds and will faceBrian Faught (26-5) of Atchison County Community (Effingham).

“Gavin has wrestled some of the best kids in the state really hard this season,” Adkins said. “He lost to (Hillsboro’s Andrew) Bina twice in close matches and lost to (Marc) Madison of West Elk 3-2 and 6-4.

Casey Nelson, 24-10 for the year, placed second at 171 pounds and will meet David Obermeyer (30-13) of Hoxie.

“Casey beat a good kid from Wichita Independent in the semi-finals and then lost a close 3-2 match in the finals-but those were to two of the best wrestlers in the state,” Adkins said. “We’re all happy for Casey as well as for Charlie and Gavin.”

As a team, the Warriors scored 63 points at Eureka, tying them for 10th in the 20-school field. They would have scored four more points with the inclusion of their teammates from Peabody-Burns.

“We’re excited and we want to go out there and place three kids,” Adkins said about the state tournament this weekend. “That’s our goal and we think it’s attainable.

“We’ll have to wrestle the best tournament we’ve ever wrestled, but we think we can do that.”

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