With Bryce Shults and Tyler Palic winning their weight classes and the team taking fifth, Marion High School wrestlers put up a good fight Saturday at a Eureka tournament.
“I was very proud of the guys for fighting to the very end to get us our fifth-place team finish,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “It was a very good day full of great matchups.”
He said Shults and Palic each had a few big wins to come out on top of their brackets.
Shults received a bye, won by tech fall 16-8, and pinned his opponents in semifinals and finals to take first at 138 pounds.
Palic received a bye and pinned each of three opponents in about a minute to take first at 195 pounds.
Noah Albin placed second, pinning two opponents in the first two rounds, winning 7-6 in the semifinals, only to suffer a narrow 2-1 defeat in the finals.
“Noah had a good tournament,” McMichael said. “He just fell a bit short in the finals.”
Marion’s 132-pounder Jarrett Johnson and Jarrett McLinden, a 285-pounder, each placed fourth.
McMichael said both wrestlers had several good matches.
“Johnson ran into some very tough opponents that we will be seeing at regionals and just barely fell short to both of them,” McMichael said. “This is a great goal to work toward and adds extra drive to the situation.”
Going 3-3 for the tournament, Kolton Brewer placed sixth at 160 pounds, forfeiting his last match.
“He wrestled tough and picked up big wins when we needed them,” McMichael said.
Marion wrestles Friday at Hoisington.