Four first-place medals led the Marion wrestling team to a second-place finish among a field of 16 at the Halstead Invitational Friday in a two-day tournament condensed to one because of the threat of icy weather.
With nine wrestlers, Marion scored 162 points, second to Douglass, who fielded a full team and scored 208.
“Our four first-place finishes were an excellent addition to our second place finish,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “I was very impressed with all of our guys Friday night.
“It was a tough situation to wrestle an entire tournament in a late night, and the guys pulled through.”
Jarrett Johnson, who ranks sixth in Class 3-2-1A, won the 132-pound weight class, improving to 20-2 on the season. Following a first-round bye, Johnson won by fall over Irlick Moreno of Lyons, then won his next two matches by decision—an 8-3 win over Circle’s Justin Schrader in the semifinals and a 2-1, double-overtime victory over Minneapolis’ Tristin Hauck in the finals.
“Johnson had a great finals match that really showed his guts,” McMichael said. “Going into the second overtime was a great opportunity for him.”
Bryce Shults (18-4) won all three of his matches by fall to win the 138-pound weight class. After a first-round bye, Shults pinned Lyons’ Denzale Clark, Chase County’s Chase Owen and Douglass’ Conner Porter to claim first place.
McMichael said Shults wrestled a “dominating tournament.”
Charlie Nordquist (14-5) won the 182-pound weight class. After a first-round bye, Nordquist won by fall over Minneapolis’ Tyson Villialpando, then won a 7-3 decision over Hesston’s Jake Wingfield in the semifinals. He pinned Ellsworth’s Darrell Gustin in the finals.
“Charlie wrestled very well all day, having a great finals match to get a fall and add to our team total,” McMichael said. “I believe that this is Charlie’s first tournament win for this year.”
Tyler Palic (17-4), who ranks fifth in Class 3-2-1A, won the 195-pound weight class, pinning all of his opponents after a first-round bye. Palic pinned Wichita Trinity’s Tucker Trevett in the quarterfinals, Minneapolis’ Chance Kornick in the semifinals and Douglass’ Seth Fouts, who ranks first in 3-2-1A, in the finals.
“Palic had another chance to match up with Fouts from Douglass again,” McMichael said. “It was a very close match, but Tyler pushed through and ended up getting a pin.”
Two Warriors placed third: Ethan Darnall and Noah Albin.
Darnall (10-11) went 3-1 at 120 pounds. Following a bye, Darnall won by fall over Chase County’s Seth Brittain, then lost by major decision, 13-3, to Wichita Independent’s Dylan Vance. Darnall pinned his next two opponents: Douglass’ John Karagianis and Minneapolis’ Chase Anderson.
Albin (15-2), who ranks sixth in Class 3-2-1A, went 3-1 at 152 pounds. Following a bye, Albin won by major decision, 15-3, over Douglass’ Kolby Caster. He lost a 5-2 decision to Minneapolis’ Scott Kuder, then pinned his next two opponents: Nickerson’s Dylan Stewart and Caster, who he had faced earlier in the day.
Jarrett McLinden (11-8) went 2-2 at 285 to finish fifth. Following a bye, he won by fall over Cheney’s Zane Smith. McLinden lost his next two matches: by fall to Chase County’s Breck Schlup and by 1-0 decision to Wichita Trinity’s Sam Schroeder. McLinden pinned Smith a second time to claim fifth place.
Kolton Brewer (4-8) went 1-2 at 160 pounds. He won by fall over Cheney’s Clay Robinson. Brock Mitchell (6-12) went 0-2 at 145 pounds.
Coming—Marion will wrestle at Eureka Saturday. Matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.