MHS wrestlers fifth at Halstead

Marion’s Ethan Darnall, battling in the 132-pound lcass, grapples with his opening opponent before pinning him. He finished second in his weight class with a 3-1 record.
Marion’s Ethan Darnall, battling in the 132-pound lcass, grapples with his opening opponent before pinning him. He finished second in his weight class with a 3-1 record.

Propelled by two first-place medalists and a second-place finisher, Marion tied for fifth place among 22 teams competing at the Halstead Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Marion scored 106.5 points to tie with Remington behind Minneapolis (200.5), Nickerson (163.5), Douglass (127.5) and Southeast of Saline (113).

The two Warriors winning gold medals were Charlie Nordquest and Jarret McLinden.

Nordquist (17-3) won the 220-pound weight class and scored 30 points. Nordquist, who ranks fifth in the state, pinned all four of his opponents, including Chase County’s Joseph Stout in the finals.

Jarret McLinden (16-6) won the 285-pound weight class, scoring 28 points. He pinned three of his four opponents, including South­east of Saline’s Josiah Moore in the finals.

Ethan Darnall (10-9) finished second at 132 pounds with a 3-1 record, scoring 20 points. After pinning his first opponent, Darnall won two matches by decision, then lost a 3-0 decision in the finals to Circle’s Justin Schrader.

Calib Mallory (8-9) placed fifth at 138 pounds with a 3-2 record, scoring 10 points. He lost a 6-4 decision to start the day, then, following a bye, won a match by fall, won a match by 5-0 decision, lost a 7-6 decision, then defeated Cherryvale’s Levi Barron, to whom he had lost in the first round, by 7-5 decision in the fifth-place match.

Kyle Horton (8-14) placed sixth at 152 pounds with a 3-3 record, scoring 9.5 points. Horton lost by fall to sixth-ranked Scott Kuder of Min­neapolis to start the day, then won three matches: by fall, by 3-1 decision and by technical fall, 15-0. He concluded the outing by losing a pair of decisions, including by 5-3 decision to Gunner Coslett of Circle in the fifth-place match.

Three Warriors scored three points, each with 1-2 records: Brock Mitchell (6-13) at 145 pounds, Todd Palic (8-9) at 170 pounds and Luke Lanning (4-15) at 182. Palic lost to a ranked wrestler in sixth-ranked Coy Moran from Bluestem.

Also competing for Marion with 0-2 records were: Forest Slater (1-8, 106 pounds) and Kolton Brewer (2-12, 160).

Coming—Marion will travel to Eureka Saturday, where matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.