MHS wins regional wrestling title

Nine of 12 Marion wrestlers competing at the Class 3-2-1A Douglass regional tournament qualified for the state competition Friday and Saturday. As a team, the Warriors won the regional tournament with 177.5 points. Team members were, from left: Noah Albin, Kyle Palic, Dylan Cochran, Zac Lewman, Ryan Cochran (kneeling), Luke Steele, John Nordquist, Adam Janzen (hidden), Jarrett Johnson, Ezra Darnall, Remington Putter, Bryce Shults. Of the 12 Warrior wrestlers competing at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament at Douglass Friday and Saturday, nine punched a ticket to the state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday in Hays.

As a team, Marion won the tournament with 177.5 points among a field of 22 teams. Fredonia finished second (140) and Council Grove third (110.5).

?I am very proud of these guys,? coach Chad Adkins said. ?They work very hard all year long and deserve these results.

?This is only the second time since I have been in Marion that we have been regional champions. We are also bringing the most kids to the state tournament in our history.?

Leading the charge were two first place finishers.

Adam Janzen won gold in the 170-pound weight class. After a first-round bye, Janzen pinned Logan Pykiet of Douglass and Kaleb Grimsley of Richmond-Central Heights. Janzen won by a 14-8 decision over Howard-West Elk?s Paxton Noll to take first place.

Kyle Palic took first place at 220. After a first-round bye, Palic won by decision, 6-4, over Kolton Carbon of Jayhawk-Linn. Palic gained a 3-2 decision over Zachery Strother of Douglass and a 4-2 decision over Erie?s Jordan Turner to claim gold.

Bryce Shults (120), Luke Steele (160) and Zac Lewman (182)?placed second in their respective weight classes.

Shults enjoyed a first-round bye, then won by technical fall, 16-0, over Hillsboro?s Travis King. Shults pinned Cherryvale?s Dakota Morrill, but lost by fall to Fredonia?s Sam Aylor in the championship.

After a first-round bye, Steele pinned Burlingame?s Paul Holt then won by 7-2 decision over Jayhawk-Linn?s Tommy Avery. He lost by fall to Burden Central?s Lucas McMichael.

Lewman, meanwhile, pinned his first three opponents?Burden Central?s Josh Snook, Chase County?s Calvin Montgomery and Fredonia?s Lane Hawley?before losing by fall to James Dunnivan of Richmond-Central Heights.

Three Warriors placed third:?Jarrett Johnson (106), Ezra Darnall (126) and Remington Putter (145).

Johnson pinned Remington?s Casey Shinkle, then lost by fall to Council Grove?s Holden Butler. In the consolation bracket, Johnson pinned Hillsboro?s Tristan Donaldson and Howard-West Elk?s Dallas Parker.

After a first-round bye, Darnall lost by major decision, 11-2, to Cameron Adams of Fredonia. He then pinned Burlingame?s Anthony Hovestadt, Burden Central?s Gaven Alcorn, Erie?s Carlos Mata, and Cherryvale?s Micah King.

Putter enjoyed a first-round bye then pinned Jayhawk-Linn?s Brandon Lewis. He lost by 7-2 decision to Fredonia?s Logan Sherman, then defeated Council Grove?s Dalton Steele by major decision, 11-3. Putter pinned Burden Central?s Dax Stephens in the consolation championship.

The Warriors? final state qualifier, Noah Albin, placed fourth at 113. Albin pinned Wichita Independent?s Dylan Vance and won by 14-9 decision over Eureka?s Dathon Weber. After losing by fall to Council Grove?s Justin Skerce, Albin pinned Vance a second time, then lost by fall to Cherryvale?s Andrew Wright.

In other classes, Ryan Cochran went 1-2 at 152, John Nordquist went 2-2 at 195, and Dylan Cochran went 1-2 at 285.

Coming?Marion?s nine state qualifiers will open competition at 10 a.m. Friday at Fort Hays State University.

With a 29-10 record entering state competition, Johnson will face Austin Constable (19-10)?of Minneapolis in the first round. Albin (9-18) will take on Ty Nienke (33-0) of Ellsworth. Shults (27-11) will face off against David Hileman (30-9) of Smith Center. Darnall (19-16) will take on Marysville?s Joe Smith (19-10). Putter (25-13)?will face off against Oberlin?s Dayton Dreher (35-3). Steele (31-8) will take on Jared Pfeifer (7-1) of Ellis. Janzen (25-3) will face Trevor Fee (25-9) of Highland-Doniphan West. Lewman (19-7) will compete against Joe Myers (21-19)?of Lincoln. Palic (32-3) will face Skyler Tebo (29-11) of Ellis.

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