The Marion wrestling team claimed first place in their season opener at the Wildcat Duals in Burlington Friday.
?I was very pleased with the way we wrestled for the first time out,??coach Chad Adkins said. ?We definitely made some mistakes that we will fix but looked pretty good. We lost some matches that we won?t lose later in the year.?
Marion defeated West Elk in its opener, 57-17, then won over Circle (64-12)?and Central Heights (59-21) before losing to Blue Valley North (40-33). Marion concluded the day with a 48-35 victory over the host school in the first-place match.
Two Warriors earned perfect, 5-0 records.
At 113 pounds, sophomore Jarrett Johnson won by fall over Central Heights and by a 13-9 decision over West Elk. Johnson also won three matches at 120 pounds: by major decision, 10-0, over Circle, by fall over Burlington and by a 3-0 decision over Blue Valley North.
Junior Remington Putter won matches by fall over Central Heights, Circle and Burlington and took two forfeits at 160 pounds.
Six Warriors came away with 4-1 records.
Foreign exchange student Maximillian Gerlach took four forfeits and lost by fall to Circle at 106 pounds.
Sophomore AJ Cogdill took two forfeits at 120 pounds and went 2-1 at 113 with two forfeits and a loss by fall to Blue Valley North.
At 145 pounds, freshman Corbin Wheeler won by fall over Central Heights, Circle and Burlington, took one forfeit, then lost a 12-7 decision to Blue Valley North.
At 170 pounds, senior Zac Dvorak won by technical fall, 15-0, over Central Heights, and by fall over Circle and Burlington. He took one forfeit and lost by fall to Blue Valley North.
Senior Adam Janzen lost an 8-6 decision to Central Heights at 182 pounds, and won by fall over Circle, Burlington and Blue Valley North. He took one forfeit.
At 220 pounds, senior Kyle Palic lost by fall to Central Heights, then won by fall over Circle and Burlington. He took two forfeits.
Two Warriors claimed 3-2 records on the day.
At 138 pounds, sophomore Bryce Shults won by fall over Central Heights and Circle, then lost by fall to his Burlington opponent. He won by fall over West Elk, then lost an 11-7 decision to Blue Valley North.
Freshman Tyler Palic lost by fall to Central Heights at 195 pounds, then won by fall over Circle. He lost by fall to Burlington, took a forfeit, then won by fall over Blue Valley North.
Two Warriors went 2-3.
At 132 pounds, sophomore Noah Albin took a forfeit, then won by fall over Circle. He lost to Burlington and West Elk by technical fall and to Blue Valley North by major decision, 10-1.
At 152 pounds, freshman Garrett Hoffner took a forfeit, then won by fall over Circle. He lost by fall to Burlington, West Elk and Blue Valley North.
Freshman Jarret McLinden went 1-4 at 285 pounds. He won by fall over Central Heights, then lost by fall to Circle, Burlington, West Elk and Blue Valley North.
Adkins said it will be important for the team to build stamina.
?We need to continue working on our wind,? he said. ?Five matches the first night out wore us out.
?I am excited to see what the year will bring for us.?
Coming?Marion will compete at the Hesston tournament Saturday. Matches begin at 9 a.m.