Taking control

Patrick Smith, top, tries to control the arm of Jacob Kuenzi, Sabetha, in a match at 195.

There was a time when Marysville High junior Patrick Smith wasn’t a few wins away from qualifying for his first 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament.

Smith takes a 17-10 record into Saturday’s Marion sub-state at 195 pounds and faces stiff competition in the upper bracket. He opens against Todd Palic, Marion, who is 23-4. The winner could get either undefeated Cruz Farley, Wellington, or Jacob Kuenzi, Sabetha, 21-13, in the semifinal round of the winners bracket.