As wrestlers still get settled into their appropriate weight classes, Marion High School wrestling team placed eighth out of 17 teams in the Mission Valley tournament Saturday.
Luke Steele wrestled in the 160-pound division, but the plan is to move him into the 145-pound division, head coach Chad Adkins said Monday.
“He wasn’t near big enough to wrestle at 160,” Adkins said.
Derrick Dvorak placed fifth in the 170-pound division with a 2-2 record, and he will likely move into the 160-pound division in the future. Zac Lewman was 1-2 in the 182-pound division, and he also will move down a weight class, Adkins said.
Brodie Carroll was a perfect 3-0 in the 152-pound division, placing first.
Evan Slater placed second in the 220-pound weight class with a record of 2-1. His lone loss was to a wrestler who made the state finals in 4A last year, and Slater easily defeated his other opponents, Adkins said.
Beretta Janzen placed second in the 113-pound division, and Remington Putter went 1-2 in the 120-pound division.
In the 138-pound division, Braden Putter went 2-2 and would have been in the third-place match, but he had been choked unconscious, and Adkins held him out of competition after that.
“There are some moves that can become potentially dangerous very quickly if someone moves the wrong way,” Adkins said.
John Nordquist was 2-2 in the 195-pound division.
Eric Regnier struggled in the 126-pound division, going 0-2.
“That was unexplained,” Adkins said. “It was uncharacteristic of him. We’ve got to get it figured out.”
Freshman Adam Kjellin was 0-2 in the heavyweight division, wrestling against stronger, experienced upper-classmen. Adkins said he is optimistic Kjellin will fare well in the future when he has more experience and strength.
Marion’s next wrestling meet is Saturday at the Hesston Invitational.