McPherson High’s wrestling team is hoping to improve on its sparkling dual record here Thursday when it hosts Winfield in the MHS auxiliary gym.
The action gets under way at 6 p.m.
The Bullpups are 8-3 in duals so far and coming off an extremely important 39-36 win over Buhler, achieved when Ty Goss won by a fall in the last match after Alex Grennan had kept the Bullpups alive with a pin with 3 seconds left in his 220-pound match.
This is MHS’ second AVCTL match as it still has duals with Augusta, Rose Hill and El Dorado remaining. El Dorado is considered the team to beat as it has a couple of potential state champions.
Before MHS can even think about El Dorado, though, it can’t look past a Winfield team that is expected to take the Bullpups down to the wire, which has often been the case this season.
“Winfield is very similar to us,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “They fill all the varsity spots and have some good, tough kids in the lineup. It should be a really close dual that could go either way. Same story, the dual will come down to the team that can get some bonus points. We’re excited to get to wrestle them and I feel like our crowd could be in for an exciting dual.”
The Bullpups are making their second home appearance and Kretzer is hoping the gym will be emotionally charged as he says the team can feed off the crowd’s energy. The gym was close to full for the first home meet of the season.
Following the Winfield dual, the Bullpups will take part in the Newton Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday, which in actuality is the toughest meet MHS takes part in all year. There are several teams that will contend for state championships in Classes 6A, 5A and 4A, not to mention there’s some really good smaller-class teams that compete. In the past, there’s been some out-of-state teams that have come away with the tourney title.
The action begins at 9 a.m. Friday and starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.