ANDALE — Andale entered Thursday’s season-opening wrestling dual with a No. 7 state ranking, but maybe it’s McPherson High that should have been anointed.
The Bullpups rolled to a 54-25 rout of the Indians, though it should be noted both teams had some open weights. MHS received 24 free points and Andale was credited with six, but in actual on-mat matches the Bullpups still held the advantage.
MHS had some good performances. EJ Kretzer (106), Cole Kretzer (120), Ben Hopkins (132), Luke Thompson (160) and Caleb Giddings (170) all won their matches by falls.
“The team was very aggressive and wrestled with an attacking mentality,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “Couple of nice wins by our veterans Cole, Caleb and Luke getting falls. Then all four of our freshmen (EJ, Seth Morgan, Ben Hopkins and Scott Radke) in the lineup really wrestled tough. It was a good start to the season. It's always nice to win the opening dual, but the most important thing is to get some live competition to figure out what we need to focus on to improve. It's a long season, but I'm happy with the start.”
The Bullpups won the dual even though they were missing returning state placer Austin Eldredge, who was out with sickness.
There were no JV matches, though MHS is hosting a JV tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday in the auxiliary gym.
The Bullpups make their home varsity debut on Thursday with Smoky Valley and Chapman here for a 5 p.m. triangular.
106 — EJ Kretzer (M) defeated Marshall Engelbrecht (A) by fall
113 — Chase Weber (A) defeated Seth Morgan (M) 12-5
120 — Cole Kretzer (M) defeated Jaryd Weber (A) by fall
126 — Hunter Wetta (A) OPEN
132 — Ben Hopkins (M) defeated Daniel Nieman (A) by fall
138 — Zach Eck (A) defeated Scott Radke (M) 12-3
145 — Brice Kasting (M) OPEN
152 — Noah Bratcher (M) OPEN
160 — Luke Thompson (M) defeated Lonnie Finney (A) by fall
170 — Caleb Giddings (M) defeated Hunter Engelbrecht (A) by fall
182 — Kaleb Jost (M) OPEN
195 — Anthony Capul (A) defeated Dylan Baldwin (M) by fall
220 — Ethan Shackelford (A) defeated Alex Grennan (M) by fall
285 — Ty Goss (M) OPEN