The Marion wrestling team finished fourth among the 10 schools competing at Burlington’s Wildcat Duals Friday to open the season.
Tyler Palic and Jarret McLinden finished with 5-0 records competing at 195 and 285 pounds, respectively.
Four Warriors finished 4-1: Ethan Darnall (132), Kolton Brewer (160), Todd Palic (170) and Charlie Nordquist (220).
“I was happy to see the performance from two of our seniors in Jarret McLinden and Tyler Palic,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “They really stepped up and made a big impact on the night by going 5-0. Ethan Darnall, Charlie Nordquist, Kolton Brewer and Todd Palic all showed great things also by wrestling very well.”
Marion defeated Washburn Rural in Round 1, 42-32. Scored points by fall were Darnall, Brewer, Tyler Palic, Nordquist and McLinden. Forest Slater (106) and Todd Palic won by forfeit.
Marion defeated West Elk, 57-12, aided by six forfeit victories. Three Warriors pinned their opponents: Calib Mallory (138), Brock Mitchell (145) and Todd Palic. Kyle Horton (152) won a 7-3 decision.
Marion defeated Circle, 49-21, with five forfeit wins. Winning matches on the mat were Mitchell and McLinden by fall; Mallory by major decision, 8-0; and Horton by a 3-2 decision.
Marion concluded pool play by losing to eventual-champion Blue Valley Southwest, 58-24. Todd Palic and Tyler Palic each pinned their opponents. Brewer and McLinden won by forfeit.
After going 3-1 in pool play, the Warriors lost to Garden Plain, 45-36, in the third-place match. Four Warriors won by fall: Darnall, Tyler Palic, Nordquist and McLinden. Slater and Brewer won by forfeit.
“Our first tournament was definitely a learning experience for both the wrestlers and the coaches,” McMichael said. “We got to see the things that we need to work on before next weekend and saw where our team strengths are at coming into the first competition.”
Blue Valley Southwest won first place by defeating Burlington, 55-18.
Coming—Marion will travel to Wellington Saturday. Matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.