NEWTON — McPherson High wrestling coach Doug Kretzer believes if you earn a medal at the prestigious Newton Tournament of Champions, that bodes well for the rest of the season.
“Newton is as tough of a tournament as there is,” said Kretzer, whose team had three stand up on the medal stand on Saturday. “Loaded brackets in every weight. It provides each wrestler a true barometer of their skills against the best in the state. If you come home from Newton with a medal, you've got a shot at being a state placer. This tournament really prepares us for the state tourney. I love going. I know we’re gonna take our lumps, but the experience is invaluable.”
Kaleb Jost was the top Bullpup finisher by taking fourth at 182, while Austin Eldredge was fifth at 132. Rounding out the MHS placers was Ty Goss, who was seventh at 285. In those divisions, Kretzer said his wrestlers defeated opponents who are among the top-ranked in their class.
Alex Grennan didn’t place, but Kretzer said he still had a good tournament as he was in a tough division.
In basically every class, the champion was ranked in the Top 5 by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
The Bullpups are back home for a 6 p.m. dual match Thursday with Augusta. MHS is 2-0 in league duals and 9-3 overall.
120 — Cole Kretzer, 1-2
126 — Brynton Crews, 0-2,
132 — Austin Eldredge, 4-2, 5th place
145 — Brice Kasting, 0-2
160 — Luke Thompson, 0-2,
182 — Kaleb Jost, 3-2, 4th place
195 — Dylan Baldwin, 0-2
220 — Alex Grennan, 1-2
285 — Ty Goss, 3-2, 7th place