The Marion wrestling team competed at Hoisington’s Cardinal Classic Friday.
All five Warriors finished among the top seven in their respective weight classes, led by Todd Palic’s second-place finish at 182 pounds.
Palic, who ranks sixth in Class 3-2-1A, went 4-1 and faced two state-ranked opponents. After pinning his first two opponents, Palic won a 9-5 decision over Southeast of Saline’s Sterling Harp, who ranks fifth. Palic pinned Beloit’s Braden Burks, before losing by fall to fourth-ranked Dylan Newton of Cimarron in the championship.
“Todd had some great matches, getting a win over someone that beat him at our last competition,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “But (he) went out to the finals apprehensive, and it showed.”
Third-ranked Charlie Nordquist went 3-2 at 220 pounds to place fifth. Nordquist began the day by losing an 11-5 decision to top-ranked Nick Davenport of Ell-Saline. Nordquist lost a 2-1 decision to Beloit’s Creighton Johnson, then pinned his next three opponents, including Ellsworth’s Brendan Tripp in the fifth-place match.
“Charlie had a bit of a rough night,” McMichael said. “He had a ranked opponent, and he just couldn’t pull it off.”
Two Warriors placed sixth.
Forest Slater went 2-3 at 106 pounds, including a win by forfeit. Slater won a 13-8 decision over Beloit’s Cooper Adams in round three.
Luke Lanning went 1-3 at 195 pounds, and also received a bye. Lanning secured an overtime victory over Ellsworth’s Clayton Vague in round five.
“Luke Lanning wrestled great all night,” McMichael said. “He stuck out every match as long as he could and had some very close matches. Luke is really making incredible progress coming into the last part of the season.”
Will Alleven went 0-3 at 126 and placed seventh. He received two byes.
“Will and Forest had some good things showing out,” McMichael said. “We still have a lot of work to do if they want to qualify for state. They have the potential there, it is just getting everything on the right page at the right time.”
Coming—Marion will travel to Onaga Friday.
“We have some dents to hammer out in the next few weeks to get everyone as ready as possible for the regional tournament,” McMichael said.