MHS?earns 2 state medals

Bryce Shults makes a move during his first-round Class 3-2-1A state match against Atwood-Rawlins County?s Jalen Kruep at 138 pounds. Shults lost by fall, but won his next four matches. He lost an 8-2 decision to Silver Lake?s Dalton Dultmeier in the third-place match to earn the fourth-place medal and become Marion?s highest finisher.
Bryce Shults makes a move during his first-round Class 3-2-1A state match against Atwood-Rawlins County?s Jalen Kruep at 138 pounds. Shults lost by fall, but won his next four matches. He lost an 8-2 decision to Silver Lake?s Dalton Dultmeier in the third-place match to earn the fourth-place medal and become Marion?s highest finisher.
Two of Marion?s seven state qualifiers earned medals at the Class 3-2-1A wrestling tournament in Hays last weekend.

?They work hard,? coach Chad Adkins said. ?They do everything we ask them to. They do more than we ask them to a lot of the times, and it just pays off in the end.

?We had a really good weekend at regionals, and getting seven of them there was an accomplishment all in itself. Even the guys that didn?t place wrestled really, really well. We just had tough competition, and sometimes people are just bette than you.?

Junior Bryce Shults (38-8) was Marion?s highest finisher, earning a medal by placing fourth at 138 pounds with a 4-2 record.

Shults lost his first-round match by fall in the third period to Atwood-Rawlins County Jalen Kruep (35-13), then began working his way through the consolation bracket. He won a 4-2 decision over Hoyt-Royal Valley?s Zack Lux (36-14), then won his next two matches by fall?over Oberlin-DeCatur Community?s Jeff Juenemann (23-12)?and Cimarron?s Dylan Newton (27-16).

Shults then won a 2-0 decision over Osborne?s Spencer Heise (37-6) before losing an 8-2 decision to Silver Lake?s Dalton Dultmeier (42-6) in the third-place match.

?Bryce wrestled his best tournament of his career,? Adkins said. ?Bryce puts a lot of time into this sport, and I am so happy for him.??

Sophomore Tyler Palic (37-12) also earned a medal by placing sixth at 195 pounds with a 2-3 record.

Palic won his first two matches by fall?over Cimarron?s Derek Bogner (22-20) in the first round in 46 seconds, and then over Osborne?s Roxton Brown (22-12) in the second round.

In the semifinals, Palic lost by fall in the second period to Norton Community?s undefeated Gavin Lively (34-0), the eventual state champion.

In the consolation bracket, Palic lost a 5-3 decision to Scott Community?s?Cooper Griffith (35-5), then lost by fall to Anthony/Harper-Chaparral?s Adrian Gerber (31-11) in the fifth-place match.

?Tyler wrestled very well this weekend and had some very close matches,? Adkins said. ?We were almost in for third and fourth place but lost in the last 30 seconds.? He will clean up some mistakes and is going to be very special his junior and senior year.?

Junior Ezra Darnall (34-11) went 2-2 at 132 pounds. He won his first match by 11-8 decision over Brandon Brownlee (28-15) of Sabetha, then lost a 6-1 decision to Smith Center?s Colton Hutchinson (43-8).

In the consolation bracket, Darnall defeated Johhney Perez (34-11)?of Lakin by 12-10 decision before concluding his tournament appearance with a 5-0 loss to Hunter Ostertag (32-8) of Effingham-ACCHS. Darnall finished as one of the state?s top eight wrestlers and was one match away from placing.

?Ezra wrestled a gutsy tournament,? Adkins said. ?He was one match away from placing. He did everything he could have done. Very proud of him and all of his accomplishments.?

Junior Noah Albin (26-17) went 0-2 at 145 pounds. He lost his first match by fall in the third period to Wabaunsee?s Kolby Droegemeier (41-8), then lost a 7-2 decision to Mankato-Rock Hills? Zane Colson (29-16).

?Noah wrestled hard, and I am proud of him for getting to the state tourney,??Adkins said. ?He?is going to do some great things next year.?

Senior Remington Putter (34-13) went 0-2 at 160 pounds to conclude his career. He lost his first match by 3-0 decision to Highland-Doniphan West?s Garret Dunlap (35-5), then lost an 11-3 major decision to Marysville?s Jacob Stryker (37-6).

?Remington wrestled tough but just had a tough bracket,??Adkins said. ?It has been a pleasure to coach him. He has accomplished a lot in this sport, and I am very proud of him.?

Freshman Charlie Nordquist (28-18) went 0-2 at 182 pounds. He lost a pair of matches by fall, first to Anthony/Harper-Chaparral?s Jacob Jenkins (40-6), and then to Burlingame?s Paul Holt (25-9).

?Charlie went 0-2 but wrestled very well,??Adkins said. ?He is just getting started and will have some awesome state finishes ahead of him. Very proud of this guy.?

Junior Jarrett Johnson (30-10) went 0-2 at 126 pounds. He lost a 4-0 decision to Norton?s Kade Unterseher (25-16) in the first round, then forfeited his second match after succumbing to illness.

?Luckily for him, he was just a junior at least, so he will get another opportunity at it,? Adkins said. ?Maybe it even gives him a little more fire and determination to make sure that next year ends how he wants it to.?

As a team, Marion finished tied for 25th with 29 points. Norton won with 121, followed by Rossville with 117.

This wraps up 16 years of coaching at Marion for Adkins, who is leaving the area at the conclusion of this school year.

?It’s definitely been special,??Adkins said. ?I’m going to miss it. I?m going to miss the guys, just everything about it. It?s been a big part of my life.?

Adkins said with only one senior state qualifier graduating this year, next year holds promise.

?(It?s) exciting for them and for the school,??he said. ?That?s going to be really cool. Next year can definitely be pretty special. That makes me happy for them.?