Warriors third at home tourney

The Marion wrestling team finished third among a field of 12 participating schools at the 2016 Marion County Winter Duals.

The field of schools was split into four pools, with two pools wrestling in Marion and two in Hillsboro.

Four schools—Riley County, Republic County, Clay Center and Rock Creek—did not participate because of weather.

Burlington won the title, followed by Clearwater, Marion, Fredonia, Douglass, Minneapolis, Wellington, Royal Valley, Hillsboro, Bluestem, West Elk and Wabaunsee.

In the blue pool, Marion defeated both Douglass, 42-36, and Bluestem, 44-13, to win the pool with a 2-0 record.

As the winners of the blue pool, the Warriors advanced to the four-team championship bracket.

Marion lost to eventual-champion Burlington, 66-8, in the semifinals. Burlington fielded a complete and talented roster, coach Tyler McMichael said, which made them a difficult matchup.

Marion then defeated Fredonia, 39-22, to finish in third place.

“I was very proud of the performance the team had on Friday,” McMichael said. “They fought very hard and came out with a great finish, despite having only nine weight classes.

“We were fortunate to have matched up so well with other teams since we did not have a full roster. It really helped us out being able to get big wins when we could.”

Individually, Jarrett Johnson went 5-0 with four pins to remain undefeated on the season. He ranks sixth in Class 3-2-1A at 132 pounds.

Four Warriors went 4-1, including Bryce Shults (138), Noah Albin (152), Charlie Nordquist (182) and Tyler Palic (195).

Palic, who ranks fifth in the state, earned a victory over the state’s top-ranked wrestler, Seth Fouts from Douglass.

Brock Mitchell (145) and Jarrett McLinden (285) went 3-2, while Ethan Darnall (120) and Kolton Brewer (160) went 2-3.

McMichael said he is pleased with the Warriors’ progress thus far.

“The team has came a very long way since our first day of practice,” he said. “They are exactly where we want them to be at this point of the season.” 

Coming—Marion will resume competition at Norton Friday, Jan. 6.