Eight of 12 Marion wrestlers placed among the top six in their respective weight classes to lead the Warriors to a second-place team finish at the Eureka Invitational Saturday. Marion garnered 153 points to finish second behind El Dorado (182.5).
The Warriors competed without varsity wrestlers?at 120, 170 and 285 pounds, in addition to their two open weight classes (106, 113).
?We beat some good wrestling teams,? coach Chad Adkins said. ?That?s exciting to know that we weren?t at full strength and could still compete like that.?
Two Warriors earned gold medals to pave the way.
Jarrett Johnson (18-6) won the 126-pound weight class with a 3-0 record. It was his first tournament victory this year. After a first-round bye, Johnson won his next two matches by fall before claiming the title by 7-6 decision.
?(Jarrett) knew that (he) would be able to get him in a cradle in the third period,??Adkins said. ?He wore him down and just wrestled a smart last period. That?s why we work so hard is to be in shape to where we can have that advantage in the third period.?
Tyler Palic (22-5), who ranks fifth in Class 3-2-1A, won the 195-pound weight class with a 4-0 record, including a semifinal win by fall over Caney Valley?s Wyatt Anderson, the third-ranked wrestler in the state. After winning his first three matches by fall, Palic won the title by 16-11 decision over Iola?s Andrew Garber.
?(Tyler) was just really aggressive on his feet,? Adkins said of the championship match. ?He was just really taking him down. If he allows himself just to open up, he can take anybody down. He?s definitely got the opportunity to be the real deal.?
Two Warriors placed third: Bryce Shults (138) and Remington Putter (160).
Shults went 4-1 at 138 pounds, winning his first two matches by fall before losing a 9-2 decision in the semifinals. Shults picked up two more wins by fall to conclude the tournament.
Putter (20-7) went 4-1, winning by fall and by 5-4 decision before losing an 8-1 semifinal decision to eventual-champion Jayson Failer of St. Marys, who ranks second in the state. Putter won a 7-0 decision before taking third place by rule when his opponent had already reached the five-match limit for the day.
Ryan Cochran (8-13) won two of his four matches at 220 pounds for fourth place, while Ezra Darnall (20-6) won three of his five matches at 132 pounds for fifth place.
Noah Albin (14-10) won three of his five matches at 145 pounds, placing sixth by rule. Having already reached five matches, Albin did not wrestle the fifth-place match.
Jarrett McLinden (10-7) won two of his five matches at 285 to finish sixth.
Charlie Nordquist (17-11) went 2-2 at 182 pounds.
Three Warriors went 0-2: Kolton Brewer (6-15, 152), Jared Rahe (4-8, 152) and Garrett Hoffner (3-8, 170).
Coming?Marion will wrestle at Hoisington Friday. Matches are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.