Five Marion wrestlers qualify for state competition

Five of Marion’s nine wrestlers participating in the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament hosted by Jayhawk-Linn have qualified for state with top-four finishes.

Two Warriors won their respective weight classes: Charlie Nordquist (25-8) at 182 pounds and Tyler Palic (32-6) at 195 pounds.

Nordquist went 4-0, winning his first two matches by fall over Douglass’ Kyiowa Greenfield and Chase County’s Justin Geiss. He defeated Caney Valley’s Bryce Warfield by major decision, 10-2, then pinned Remington’s Horacio Martinez in the finals.

“Charlie had a very good tournament, beating everyone fairly handily and pinning his finals match,” coach Tyler McMichael said.

Palic received a first-round bye, then pinned his next two opponents: Chase County’s Ian Kissel and Cherryvale’s Chance Main. He won a 6-0 decision over Seth Fouts of Douglass in the finals.

“Tyler had another matchup with Fouts from Douglass in the finals,” McMichael said. “This makes their fourth meeting, and Tyler has won them all.  Tyler dominated the whole match.”

Two Warriors placed second: Bryce Shults (34-6) at 138 pounds and Noah Albin (24-5) at 152.

Shults received a first-round bye, then won by fall over Remington’s Javier Martinez. He won by 12-7 decision over Douglass’ Conner Porter, then lost an 11-5 decision to Eureka’s Darion Bailey in the finals.

“Bryce had a good tournament all the way through,” McMichael said. “In the finals, our opponent had us figured out and we just weren’t able to get to our game plan and we fell short.”

Albin pinned his first three opponents: Cherryvale’s Seth McQuery, Leon Bluestem’s Austin Harryman and Erie’s Carlos Mata. He lost a 10-5 decision to Reece Williams of Wellsville in the finals.

“Noah had a tough matchup in the finals against the No. 6 ranked kid at 152,” McMichael said. “He fought hard but ran out of gas in the third that led to the loss.”

Jarrett Johnson (36-7) was Marion’s fifth qualifier. He placed third at 132 pounds with a 3-1 record. Following a bye, Johnson won by technical fall, 16-0, over Treyton Compton of Jayhawk-Linn. He then lost a 5-4 decision to Eureka’s Dominick Bailey. Johnson defeated Cherryvale’s Dakota Morrill by 9-4 decision in the consolation semifinals, then pinned Douglass’ Hunter Miller in the third-place match.

“Jarrett Johnson (came) back from a tough semifinals loss to dominate his next two matches to get third,” McMichael said. “He wrestled very well all weekend.”

Also competing for Marion: Kolton Brewer went 3-2 at 160 pounds, Jarrett McLinden went 1-2 at 285, Ethan Darnall went 1-2 at 120 and Brock Mitchell went 0-2 at 145.

As a team, the Warriors finished second with 1201⁄2 points behind Douglass (146).

“All of our wrestlers helped to contribute to our team points and helped us win second place as a team,” McMichael said. “I hope that we can carry our momentum into the state tournament out in Hays this weekend.”

Coming—Marion’s five qualifiers will compete at the Class 3-2-1A state meet Friday and Saturday at Fort Hays State University.

Johnson will face Scott Kuhn, 31-9, from Silver Lake in his opening match Friday.

Shults will wrestle Lyons’ Denzale Clark, 19-11; while Albin will face Cheney’s Hunter Doshier, 24-11.

Nordquist will wrestle Dayton Kempt, 16-8, from Oberlin-Decatur Community, while Palic will face Will Ginther, 28-8, from Atwood-Rawlins County.