Marion competes at first dual of season

In its first outing of the season, the Marion wrestling team went 1-4 at the Burlington Duals Friday, finishing eighth of 12 participating teams.

“Our team is in good shape for this early in the season,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “I also learned that this younger group of guys is willing to listen and learn, and they will make great strides this year.”

Marion opened pool play with a 28-18 victory over Garden Plain, then lost to Blue Valley Southwest, 65-12.

In bracket competition, Marion lost to Blue Valley Southwest 2, 60-18.

To ensure all teams had five duals on the day, Marion faced Osawatomie in Round 4 and lost, 36-18.

Competing for seventh place, the Warriors lost to Blue Valley North, 57-18.

Two Warriors were undefeated on the day.

Todd Palic went 4-0 on the mat at 182 pounds, not including a win by forfeit. Palic pinned three of his opponents, including Kaleb Hunter of Blue Valley Southwest, Drake West of Osawatomie and Killian Borowiak-Miller of Blue Valley Southwest 2. He won by technical fall, 22-7, over Garden Plain’s Matthew Quintero at 195 pounds.

Second-ranked Charlie Nordquist went 3-0, pinning all three of his opponents: Quinton Lea of Osawatomie and Isaac Quintero of Garden Plain at 285 pounds, and Bennett Beckmon of Blue Valley North at 220.

“Charlie and Todd both had great nights at Burlington,” McMichael said. “They were both bumped up weight classes in several of our duals, and they handled it well and still came up with wins.”

Luke Lanning (195) went 2-3, pinning Luke Besheer of Blue Valley Southwest 2 and Reece Koch of Blue Valley North. Two of his matches were at 220 pounds.

Will Alleven (126) went 1-3, earning a win by technical fall, 15-0, over Garden Plain’s Gabe Gordon at 132 pounds.

Calib Mallory (145) went 1-4, pinning Garden Plain’s John Stuhlsatz. He wrestled one match at 160.

Forest Slater (106) was 0-4.

McMichael said some Warriors wrestled in two weight classes to get as many matches as possible.

“In a few of the duals we bumped individuals up to help get more matches and to help team points,” he said. “It worked out well on several occasions, and we were able to get the guys as many matches as possible.”

Coming—Marion will travel to Wellington Saturday where matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.