Marion, Hillsboro host 16-team duals tourney

The Marion wrestling team finished seventh among 16 teams with a 3-2 record at the Marion County Duals hosted jointly by Marion and Hillsboro Friday.

The event featured four, four-team pools, with two pools competing at Marion and two at Hillsboro.

Marion went 2-1 in pool play, first coming from behind to defeat Rock Creek, 48-33, then defeating West Elk, 60-12. The Warriors concluded pool play with a 46-35 loss to Clay Center, eventual overall runners-up.

“The competition was great at this event,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “Our pool was a tough one, and there are several schools that are larger than us, which always makes it harder.”

Following pool play, teams were placed into one of four, four-team brackets. As runners-up to Clay Center in the Red Pool, Marion faced Royal Valley, runners-up in the Maroon Pool, in a consolation bracket and lost, 54-30.

That pitted Marion against Wellington, runners-up in the Gold Pool, to wrestle for seventh place. The Warriors won, 37-28.

Two Warriors went undefeated: Charlie Nordquist, 3-0 at 220 pounds, and Tyler Palic, 2-0 at 195. Palic earned a big victory over Welling­ton’s Ian Groom who ranks sixth in Class 4A.

“Tyler handled him with not much problem,” McMichael said. “We had some good, potential regional match-ups on Friday night that will be very important when regionals comes around.”

Three Warriors had one loss: Ethan Darnall (3-1, 132), Todd Palic (4-1, 170) and Jarret McLinden (3-1, 285).

Completing the Warrior roster were: Kyle Horton (3-2, 152), Brock Mitchell (2-3, 145), Kolton Brewer (1-3, 160), Luke Lanning (1-3, 182), Forest Slater (0-2, 106) and Will Alleven (0-2, 113).

“Overall, I thought the boys did well,” McMichael said. “We had a few times where I think we lost focus, and the other teams capitalized on that. The boys definitely showed more of a team effort during some of our duals. They were all about the team in many aspects.”

Coming—Marion will return to action in January, wrestling at Norton Jan. 5-6.