Marion wrestler is runner-up at state
For nearly a decade, one name has been synonymous when talking about the success of Marion High School wrestling.
There have been others, like the Wildin twins, Brody Carroll, Adam Janzen, Jarret McLinden, and Charlie Nordquist, who etched their names in Warrior history, placing at state.
However, it’s difficult to argue that a trio of brothers, Kyle, Tyler, and Todd Palic, haven’t left the biggest mark on Warrior wrestling.
It started in 2012 with 2015 graduate Kyle, who to this day remains not only Marion’s only state wrestling champion, but the entire county’s as well.
Then came the 2018 graduate, Tyler, who grabbed back-to-back runner up finishes in 2017, and 2018.
Three years later, Todd closed out his high school career much in the same manner his brother Tyler did with the Cimarron Bluejay opponents still a nuisance.
Tyler steamrolled his way into the title match, falling to top-ranked Bluejay, Josh Seabolt, now an All-American linebacker for the KCAC’s highly-ranked Bethel Threshers.
Kyle had to get through another Cimarron adversary to win his title, outlasting AJ Cooper in the semifinals in what could’ve been the real title match six years ago.
On Saturday, in the title match of the 195-pound class in the Class 3-2-1A state meet at Hays, Todd left a wake of destruction, setting up a showdown with Seabolt’s younger brother, Tate.
The same luck that bit Tyler did Todd, too, with Tate capturing the title with a 3-0 decision — the same 3-point spread Tyler fell by.
Todd closed the book on the Palic legacy, going 2-1 on the day and 30-6 in his final season.
Todd’s 16 points left Marion in a three-way tie for 26th with Atwood, and Caney Valley, out of 50 teams.
The top-ranked Hoxie Indians cruised to the state title, beating runner-up Hill City by a comfortable 154-84 margin.
Hillsboro wrestler 5th
Hillsboro’s Jordan Bachman also closed out a high school career that’s been nothing short of amazing Saturday, having taken fourth as a sophomore.
But Saturday got off to a rough start for Bachman, dropping a 13-2 major decision to Eureka’s Brody Harrison.
Bachman stayed alive in the consolation bracket, beating Riley County’s Brayden Jackson 8-1, setting up a match with archrival and eventual third-place medalist, Colby Schreiner of Kingman.
The third time was no charm for Bachman with Schreiner getting the pin with 40 seconds left in the third period of the semifinals.
Bachman had no answer in the fifth-place rematch with Harrison winning 5-3 in sudden victory.
“We are thrilled for Jordan on earning his second state medal after finishing fourth his sophomore year,” Trojan coach Scott O’Hare said.
“He has wrapped up one of the most successful careers in HHS wrestling history by finishing second in career wins as well as career pins and shattering the record for the most career takedowns.
“He also became the first Trojan wrestler to earn two state wrestling medals in the program’s history.”
Bachman’s legendary career ended at 29-12 and 1-3 on the day for sixth place.
The Trojans finished 43rd out of 49 with 4 points.
Saturday was a day of gaining more experience for what should be a vicious battle in the 152-pound class next year for junior Tristan Rathbone.
Rathbone went 0-2, dropping a heartbreaker to Uniontown’s eventual state champion, Bryce Eck with 13 seconds left in the first period.
Norton’s Garrett Urban ended Rathbone’s day in the first round of consolation action with a 4-2 decision, en route to a fifth-place finish.
With only runner-up Brent Escareno, Eddie Hanson, and Eli Mumpower gone to graduation, the 152-pound class will be a battle with Rathbone in the thick of it in 2022.
Last modified March 4, 2021