The Marion Rhino Rumble tournament, hosted by Marion Junior Wrestling, drew 140 wrestlers younger than age 12 from Hillsboro, Andover, Newton, Lyons, Hesston, Herington, and elsewhere Sunday to compete at USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center.
Tournament director Allison Shults said the tournament was the culmination of past efforts of Marion Junior Wrestling Club founder Rob Rahe, as well as past sponsors Jon and Brandi Lewman, and Mike and Diane Jeffrey.
“It went really well, and we’re already looking forward to next year,” Shults said.
Shults said the second tournament should prove to be a moneymaker for the club.
“We had a lot of startup costs this year, buying medals, paying officials,” Shults said. “We’re hoping we make a little bit this year.”
Shults and the other parents involved with Marion Junior Wrestling have little time to savor their inaugural event.
“Our kids club has at least three more regular-season tournaments, and then we have subdistricts,” Shults said.
Marion Junior Wrestling is affiliated with USA Wrestling-Kansas.
Quenton Taylor 6 under 40lbs 3rd
Griffin King 6 under 49lbs 3rd
Caleb Lollar 6 under 49lbs 3rd
Jack Lanning 6 under 52lbs 1st
Landon Dye 6 under 52lbs 3rd
Tristan Dye 6 under 55lbs 3rd
Trevor Schafers 6 under 58lbs 1st
Chance Shults 8 under 49lbs 3rd
Paul Kimbrel 8 under 49lbs 4th
Gunner Brown 8 under 58lbs 1st
Todd Palic 8 under HWT. 1st
Luke Lanning 10 under 110-120lbs 1st
Charlie Nordquist 10 under 120-140 1st
Payton Harms 12 under 72-84lbs 1st
Tyler Arocha 12 under Hwt. 1st