Six Marion wrestlers earned the right to compete at the state level this weekend by finishing among the top four in their respective weight classes at the Eureka regional Friday and Saturday.
As a team, the Warriors placed third with 129 points, behind Douglass with 165 and Caney Valley with 144.5 points.
?We wrestled great,? said coach Chad Adkins. ?I am very proud of all of our kids. They have worked really hard and it has been a pleasure to work with all of them.?
Brody Carroll claimed the regional title in the 138-pound weight class, going 4-0 and winning by fall each time.
?Brody is very focused and wrestled a flawless regional tournament,? Adkins said. ?He was the wrestler of the tournament, in my mind. He pinned his opponent in the finals in the first period. Our goal is to be in the finals in Hays.?
Carroll downed Dakota Shay of Fredonia, Grant Jansson of Garden Plain and Jake Castle?bury of Douglass before pinning Trae Gillespie of West Elk for the championship finish.
Colten Johnson took the title at 160 pounds, going 4-0 and defeating the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the finals.
Johnson defeated Drew Bon?fig?lio of Wichita Indepen?dent, Tyler Atwood of Reming?ton and Kaden Housel of Cherry?vale by fall before winning a 7-5 decision against Hunter Stalford of Caney Valley to win the title.
Beretta Janzen, one of two freshmen qualifying for Marion, lost in the final round to go 2-1 and claim second-place at 106 pounds.
?It is a great accomplishment to qualify as a freshman,? Adkins said. ?Beretta has wrestled very well and I am excited to see what he can do this weekend in Hays.?
Janzen pinned Joseph Reinert of Leon-Bluestem and won a 5-3 decision over Drake Shay of Fredonia before losing to Colton Stalford of Caney Valley in an 11-1 decision.
Eric Regnier, Kyle Palic and Evan Slater each earned third-place finishes.
?Eric had a great tournament and we saw him wrestle consistently, which is what he was missing,? Adkins said.
Regnier went 3-1 at 120 pounds, pinning Jon Carey of Hillsboro before being pinned by Kegan Fisher of Eureka. But Regnier came back to pin Weston Schroeder of Chaparral and score a 14-9 decision over Aaron Juby of Rosalia-Flinthills for the state berth.
Palic went 4-1 at 170 pounds, pinning Tommy Finley of Fredonia and Christ Bohrer of Erie before losing, 8-0, to Josh Hoch of Burlington. He rallied for a 6-3 decision over Nick Jacobs of West Elk before pinning Hunter Ackermann of Douglass for the finish.
?Kyle wrestled very aggressively and is showing people how good he is for a freshman,? Adkins said. ?The higher the weight, the harder it is to qualify as a freshman.?
Slater went 3-1, overcoming a second-round, 7-4, loss to Ryker Greenbaum of Douglass. He pinned Neal Higginbotham of Cherryvale, then earned back-to-back pins over Tyler Klick of Central and Joey Capul of Garden Plain.
?Evan is capable of placing very high at the state tournament, he just has to wrestle his match and take advantage of his athletic ability,? Adkins said.
Also competing at Eureka were:?Brayden Putter, 2-2 at 132; Zac Dvorak, 0-2 at 145; Zac Lewman, 1-2 at 182; and Nathan Cyr, 0-2 at 195 pounds.
The major disappointment for the weekend was the inability of senior Cole Lewman to compete due to injury.
?This is a terrible way for a great kid to have to end his high school career,? Adkins said. ?Cole has been a great leader for us and he has had a lasting impact on our program. We will miss Cole a lot next year.?
Coming?The Class 3-2-1A State Tournament is set for Thursday and Friday at Fort Hays State.
Beretta Janzen (26-16) is scheduled to wrestle Lane Hoff?man of Saint Francis, Eric Regnier (26-16) drew Andrew Beck of Central, Brody Carroll (39-2) is slated to face Zach Fischer of Smith Center, Colten Johnson (39-5) will square off with Cole Renner of Norton, Kyle Palic (27-12) faces Trevor Sutton of Rock Creek and Evan Slater (38-5) is scheduled to wrestle Channing Fortin of Oberlin.