Marion wrestling team returns 3 state qualifiers

Last season, the Marion Warriors wrestling team sent seven people to state, four of them placed.

Among those who made the trek to Hays were five underclassmen who return to the Warriors squad this season.

The lone placer is Colten Johnson. He finished 2009-10 fifth as a sophomore in the Class 3-2-1A 160-pound weight division with a 4-2 record.

Senior Randy Regnier (119 pounds), sophomore Brody Carroll (130) and senior Andy Shipman (135) return this season as state qualifiers last year. Regnier finished 1-2 at Hays and. Carroll and Shipman went 0-2.

Regnier finished the season 24-7, Carroll finished 31-12 and Shipman ended with a 19-12 record.

Junior Cole Lewman returns from an injury sustained last season. Coach Chad Adkins thought Lewman would have qualified for state had he avoided injury.

Adkins said he has several athletes who have the potential to make the trip to Hays this winter.

?We?re young,? he said. ?It?s going to depend on how hard these guys work. If they come in here every day and work hard, we can be every bit as good as we were last year.?

As a team, Marion may struggle in the light and heavy weight divisions.

Marion opens its season Saturday at the Mission Valley Tournament.