Marion High School wrestling team placed fourth Friday in their season opener at a dual tournament in Burlington.
New head coach Tyler McMichael said he was happy with the way his team wrestled despite the outcome of the tournament.
“It was definitely how you want your wrestlers to perform in the first tournament of the year,” he said. “Their conditioning was good. We had several wrestlers go the whole length of a match and finish strong without giving up.”
The Warriors staunchly defeated Eureka 52-24, Royal Valley 42-18, and Garden Plain 48-18.
Forfeiting 18 points on open weights, the Warriors lost to Blue Valley Southwest 42-21, which pitted them against Washburn Rural, where they gave up 30 points for the same reason, and missed third place by merely three points.
“Going into a dual tournament missing five out of 14 weights is always a tough thing to do,” McMichael said. “The guys performed very well and made up the difference from our open weights. I am very excited to see how we do in a tournament setting when the open weights don’t have as much of an impact.”
The Warriors wrestle again Saturday at Hesston.
At 120 pounds, Ethan Darnall got three pins, was pinned once, and lost in a 7-4 decision.
At 126 pounds, Ezra Darnall got four pins and received points for one forfeit.
At 132 pounds, Jarrett Johnson logged two pins, won by major decision 17-9, and decision 7-3, and received one forfeit.
At 138 pounds, Bryce Shults got three pins, received a forfeit, and was pinned once.
At 145 pounds, Broch Mitchell logged one pin, accepted a forfeit, and was pinned three times.
At 152 pounds, Noah Albin got three pins, won by major decision 16-6, and accepted a forfeit.
At 182 pounds, Charlie Nordquist got two pins, won by decision 11-4, and accepted two forfeits.
At 195 pounds, Tyler Palic logged three pins, accepted a forfeit, and lost a close match 8-7.
At 285 pounds, Jarrett McLinden got two pins, accepted two forfeits, and was pinned once.