Earning 97 team points and with four wrestlers placing in the top two of their brackets, the Warriors placed third Saturday at a 15-team Chase County tournament.
Jarrett Johnson and Bryce Shults each won their brackets. Ethan Darnall and Tyler Palic placed second in their brackets.
“Bryce and Jarrett dominated and looked extremely well with one week until regionals,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “Tyler and Ethan had a good day they just ran into tough matches in finals.”
At 132 pounds, Johnson received a bye, and pinned the rest of his opponents in a collective time of 3 minutes, 10 seconds.
Shults, Marion’s 138-pounder, received a bye, pinned one, scored an overabundance of points to defeat two opponents 16-1 and 17-2.
At 120 pounds, Darnall received a bye and logged two first-period pins, only to be pinned in the first minute of his finals match by an “undefeated and very high ranked” wrestler, McMichael said.
Palic, who is normally Marion’s 195-pounder wrestled up at 220-pounds where he received two byes, pinned an opponent in 17 seconds but was pinned in the first period of his finals match.
“We bumped Tyler up to 220 to match him up with some tough competition,” McMichael said. “In his finals match, he was caught on his knees by someone that could muscle him over on his back in just one mistake.”
Calib Mallory, Brock Mitchell, Kolton Brewer, and Jarrett McLinden all earned at least one win or received a bye in their respective weight classes, but none placed.
McMichael said that he believes the team is where they need to be going into regionals on Friday and Saturday at Mound City.
“I look forward to seeing how well this small but mighty team can do,” McMichael said.