Marion wrestlers led by Nordquist in Norton

The Marion wrestling team competed at Norton’s J.R. Durham Invitational Friday.

Charlie Nordquist paved the way with a second-place finish at 220 pounds with a 3-1 record. After pinning his first two opponents, Nordquist won by 5-2 decision over Beloit’s Creighton Johnson, who ranks sixth in Class 3-2-1A, in the semifinals. That pitted Nordquist, who ranks fourth, against second-ranked Hayden Wiltfong of Norton in the championship. Nordquist lost by fall to claim second place.

“Charlie learned that there are guys out there that are working hard for their wins and pushing as we near the end of the season,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “We have a lot of work to do before the end of the season for all of them.”

Todd Palic went 2-2 at 182 pounds to place fourth. Following a first-round bye, Palic pinned his first opponent, then lost by technical fall to undefeated Tanner Johnson of Holcomb in the semifinals. Palic defeated Oakley’s Preston Nollette by 7-4 decision in the consolation semifinals, then lost by fall to Mitchell Bartsch of Overland Park-Blue Valley in the third-place match.

“Todd had a great weekend and did a great job of working hard all the way until the end of the match,” McMichael said. “There were several matches that he was down in score and ended up pinning his opponent.”

Will Alleven went 3-2 at 126 pounds, winning his first match by forfeit, and, after losing by fall, pinning his next two opponents—Jacob Pfeifer of Hays-Thomas More Prep-Marian and Joe Stocker of Smith Center. He lost by fall to Talyn Campbell of McCook in the consolation semifinals.

Luke Lanning went 0-2 at 195 pounds and received a bye.

As a team, Marion finished 11th of 16 teams with 43 points. Scott City placed first with 176.

“I was happy with the team’s performance this weekend,” McMichael said. “Norton is a high-level tournament, and to pick up wins on that scale is very promising.”

Coming—Marion will compete at Halstead Friday and Saturday. Matches are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.