Warriors finish second at Hesston

Bryce Shults wrestles Smoky Valley?s Josh Peterson in the second round of the 138-pound weight class at the Hesston Swather Invitational Saturday. Shults won by fall and went 3-0 on the day to win the championship.The Marion wrestling team earned second place at the Hesston Swather Invitational Saturday with 1511?2 points. Chaparral topped the 16-team field with 167 points. Nickerson finished third (145).

Eight of 11 Warriors earned medals, and Marion placed second despite having three open weight classes.

?They?re working our offense,??coach Chad Adkins said. ?We were better Saturday than we were last Friday. That?s really all we can ask for. I am so proud of these guys and the effort that they put out.?

Two Warriors brought home gold medals in their respective weight classes.

Ezra Darnall went 3-0 at 132 pounds to take first place. Following a bye and a win by forfeit, Darnall won his next two matches by fall?over Bluestem?s Jace Brewer in the semifinals, and then in a come-from-behind win over Nickerson?s Jayden Raigoza in the finals.

?Ezra is being really consistent,? Adkins said. ?He?s really strong, and he beat a really good 4A kid in the finals. Pinned him in the third period. So it?s just, again, putting things together and hitting transitions to move from one situation to the next when he needed to and not having to chase stuff. It was good.?

Bryce Shults went 3-0 at 138 pounds to win the weight class. Following a first-round bye, Shults won his next match by fall over Smoky Valley?s Josh Peterson. He earned a 16-2 major decision over Hillsboro?s Travis King in the semifinals, before claiming the championship with a 7-4 decision over Stafford?s Logan Shocklee.

?Bryce, for the first time since I?ve coached him, put whole matches together all weekend long, which was really exciting to see,??Adkins said. ?He wrestled really well.?

Two Warriors earned second place with 2-1 records.

At 145 pounds, Noah Albin had a first-round bye. He defeated his first two opponents by fall?over Matthew Adams and Hesston?s David Merchant. In the finals, Albin lost by fall to Halstead?s Christian Morris.

At 160 pounds, Reming?ton Putter had a first-round bye. He won by technical fall over Cheney?s Calvin Schell, then won a major decision, 13-3, over West Elk?s Jonathan Andrews. He lost a 6-3 decision to Chaparral?s Estin Overton in the finals.

Two Warriors finished third with 3-1 records.

Jarrett Johnson had a first-round bye at 126 pounds. He defeated Halstead?s Garrett Church by fall before losing by fall to Lyons? Dalton Goans in the semifinals. Johnson won his next two matches by fall?over Cheney?s Clay Robinson and West Elk?s Drake Champagne.

At 195 pounds, Tyler Palic had a first-round bye. He won by fall over Lyons? Kelcey Kroetsch, then lost by fall to Chaparral?s Adrian Gerber, who ranks fourth in Class 3A, after having a 7-2 lead going into the third period. Palic won by fall over Remington?s Horacio Martinez and took third place with a forfeit.

Two Warriors finished fourth.

Charlie Nordquist went 3-2 at 182 pounds. He defeated Smoky Valley?s Jon Burks in overtime, 3-1, then won by fall over Hillsboro?s Franklin Jost. He lost to Chaparral?s Jacob Jenkins by fall in the semifinals, then won a 5-0 decision over Hesston?s Jake Wingfield before losing by fall to Burden-Central?s Michael Delaney.

Jarret McLinden went 2-2 at 285. After a first-round bye, McLinden won by fall over Stafford?s Logan Serviss. He lost by fall to Nickerson?s Joseph Williams before winning by fall over Bluestem?s Daylan Fell. He lost by fall to Hesston?s Patrick Deegan.

Kolton Brewer went 1-2 at 170 pounds, his win coming by fall over Hillsboro?s Lane Flaming.

Jared Rahe (152) and Ryan Cochran (220) went 0-2.

Coming?The Warriors will host the Marion County Duals Friday. Matches begin at 3 p.m.

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