MHS wrestlers 5th among 13 teams at Chase County

The Marion wrestling team placed fifth among 13 teams at the Chase County Invitational Saturday with 97 points.

Mulvane won with 167.5, followed by Mission Valley (118), Oskaloosa (100) and Chase County (97.5).

“We had several good matchups that will help us for next week,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “There were still some things from this weekend that we will need to tweak and adjust if we are going to perform our best at regionals.”

Two champions led the Warrior effort.

Tyler Palic (20-4), ranked fourth in Class 3A, won the 195-pound weight class with a 2-0 record. Following two byes, Palic pinned both of his opponents, including a championship win by fall over Mulvane’s Kole Long.

Charlie Nordquist (27-3), ranked sixth in 3A, won the 220-pound weight class with a 3-0 record. Nordquist received a bye, then pinned all three opponents, including Chase County’s Joseph Stout in the championship.

Two Warriors placed third.

Kolton Brewer (12-15) went 4-1 at 160 pounds. Brewer followed his only loss of the day, a first-round defeat by fall, with a bye and four consecutive wins. Brewer won two matches by fall, then two matches by decision, including an 11-5 consolation semifinal victory over Mulvane’s Jaxen Young, who earlier handed Brewer his only loss. Brewer won a 16-12 decision over Council Grove’s Alvin Holmes in the third-place match.

Jarret McLinden (28-9), who ranks fourth, went 4-1 at 285 pounds. After winning his first two matches by fall, McLinden suffered a semifinal loss by fall. He followed that with a win by 5-2 decision, then pinned Burlin­game’s Keller Snesrud in the third-place match.

Two Warriors placed fourth.

Calib Mallory (15-15) went 1-2 at 138 pounds. After a pair of byes, Mallory lost a semifinal match by fall, then won a 4-0 decision in the consolation semifinals. He lost a 12-8 decision in the third-place match.

Todd Palic (13-17) went 1-2 at 170 pounds. After a first-round bye, Palic lost by major decision, 10-1. Follow­ing two additional byes, Palic won a 12-10 decision, then lost a 7-1 decision in the third-place match.

Also competing for Marion were: Will Alleven (6-18) 1-2 at 113 pounds, Forest Slater (4-14) 0-2 at 106 pounds, Ethan Darnall (15-14) 0-2 at 132 pounds, Brock Mitchell (10-24) 0-2 at 145 pounds, Cooper Carpenter (1-11) 0-2 at 160 pounds, Luke Lanning (8-19) 0-2 at 182 pounds.

Coming—Marion will compete in the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament at Eureka Friday and Satur­day.

“I am hoping we have a great chance to get multiple people to state, but in the end the boys are the ones that have to make it happen,” McMichael said. “They have to trust in themselves and wrestle like they want to make it to state.”