Janzen, Palic led Warriors to 7th place

Marion?s Ezra Darnall (top) takes control of Wellington?s Graysen DeJarnett at 126 pounds. Darnall won the match 12-4. He went 4-1 on the day.The Marion wrestling team placed seventh among 16 teams at the Marion County Winter Duals held Friday in Marion and Hillsboro.

The format started with four four-team pools with round-robin dual matches within. Two pools were assigned to each of the host schools. Schools were then assigned to a bracket based on their pool records to compete for final placing.

Marion opened pool play with a 44-31 loss to Welling?ton, the eventual tournament runners-up.

The Warriors then defeated Republic County in Round 2, 50-24.

Marion completed the third round with a 60-21 win over Douglass for a 2-1 record in pool play behind Wellington?s 3-0. That put the Warriors in the fifth-place consolation bracket.

Marion first faced off against Clearwater, and lost, 44-36. The Warriors then matched up with Riley County to determine seventh place. Marion won, 54-30, to finish with a 3-2 record for the day.

Two Warriors completed a perfect 5-0 record: Adam Janzen in the 170-pound weight class and Kyle Palic at 220.

Eight additional Marion wrestlers posted winning records. Jarrett Johnson (106), Bryce Shults (120), Ezra Darnall (126) and John Nordquist (195) all went 4-1, while Luke Steele (152), Zac Dvorak (160), Zac Lewman (182) and Nick Meyer (285) went 3-2.

Completing the Warrior roster were Noah Albin (2-3, 113), Paul Stratman (1-4, 138) and AJ Cogdill (0-1, 106).

?The kids wrestled well,? coach Chad Adkins said. ?We gave up a couple opens, which cost us in the end. We will continue to work hard over break and get ready for the second half of the season.?

Coming?Marion will compete at the Smoky Valley Dual Jan. 9. Matches begin at 5 p.m.

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