BUHLER — McPherson High wrestling coach Doug Kretzer proved to be prophetic.
Before Thursday’s road dual against Buhler, the veteran Bullpup coach said he wouldn’t be surprised if the final match of the night decided the outcome.
MHS heavyweight Ty Goss, coming off a championship performance in his last action at the Abilene Invitational, pinned Buhler's Jonny Cole to complete a remarkable Bullpup comeback for a 39-36 win.
The Bullpups had trailed 36-15 with four matches to go, but a pair of forfeits and a heart-stopping pin by Alex Grennan at 220 put the Bullpups in position to win the match.
For MHS to triumph, Grennan had to win by a fall. He trailed Buhler's Brad Briggs 5-2 early, but Grennan — who had won a huge match in the home opener against Chapman to give MHS a win — charged back and recorded his pin with just 3 seconds left in the match.
"Grennan’s effort was tremendous, he fought off a pin in the second period and then got the fall in the third," Kretzer said.
Goss then dominated Cole, pinning him in 51 seconds.
"Tremendous team effort," Kretzer said. "Our kids fought hard every minute of each match. Awesome dual."
The best match of the night was at 132 where MHS' Austin Eldredge outlasted Buhler's Justin Hershberger, 8-7. Eldredge has made the jump from 106 to 132, yet has continued his winning ways.
"Eldredge wrestled a very good match against a tough kid," Kretzer said.
Cole Kretzer, Kaleb Jost and Dylan Baldwin all won by forfeits for the Bullpups. Brynton Crews won by a fall.
"Again, Brynton Crews steps up when called on with a big pin," Kretzer said.
MHS, now 8-3 in duals, competes Saturday at Maize.
• Varsity Results •
106 — Adam Whitson (B) defeated EJ Kretzer (M) by fall
113 — Nick Elliott (B) defeated Seth Morgan (M) 6-3
120 — Cole Kretzer (M) won by forfeit
126 — Brynton Crews (M) defeated Josh Glasgow (B) by fall
132 — Austin Eldredge (M) defeated Justin Hershberger (B) 8-7
138 — Tyler Whitson (B) defeated Scott Radke (M) by tech fall 17-1
145 — Nathan Elliott (B) defeated Brice Kasting (M) by fall
152 — Dalton Johnson (B) defeated Noah Bratcher (M) by major decision 16-3
160 — Clayton Peterson (B) defeated Luke Thompson (M) by fall
170 — Tyler Dowell (B) defeated Caleb Giddings (M) by fall
182 — Kaleb Jost (M) won by forfeit
195 — Dylan Baldwin (M) won by forfeit
220 — Alex Grennan (M) defeated Bradley Briggs (B) by fall
285 — Ty Goss (M) defeated Jonny Cole (B) by fall
• Junior Varsity •
132 — Ben Hopkins (M) defeated Trenton Hopkins (B) by fall
132 — Ben Hopkins (M) defeated Hunter Popkey by a fall
138 — Tyler Scott (M) defeated Hunter Popkey (B) by fall
145 — Cole Janzen (B) defeated Noah Scott (M) by fall
152 — Cole Janzen (B) defeated Garrett Rausch (M) by fall
285 — Karsten Hardeman (M) defeated Xavier Garcia (B) by fall
285 — Jared Ruth (M) defeated Xavier Garcia (B) by fall