Chances are McPherson High’s dual wrestling match with Augusta here Thursday will come down to the final couple of matches.
That’s how most of the Bullpup duals have played out so far and MHS coach Doug Kretzer is expecting more of the same with the Orioles.
Mat time is 6 p.m. in the MHS Auxiliary Gym.
The Bullpups are 3-0 in home duals and 9-3 on the season. In the last two duals against Buhler and Winfield, respectively, MHS had to win the final four matches and the outcome wasn’t decided until a Ty Goss victory at 285.
Augusta comes in as somewhat of an unknown, but it did have an outstanding football season.
“They graduated a bunch of seniors last year,” Kretzer said. “I know a little about them from wrestling them this summer. It should be another good dual. I’m sure they will fill all the lineup spots. So, same story as before. Bonus points will decide the match. We’ve got a shot, but it will be tight again. We’re at home and the team is hungry.”
The Bullpups are coming off a weekend trip to Newton, though Kretzer elected not to take some of his younger wrestlers since the competition at the T of C was so stout. Three Bullpups came away with medals, which generally translates into a strong showing at state. Kaleb Jost was fourth at 182, Austin Eldredge was fifth at 132 and Goss was seventh at heavyweight.
It’s again a busy week for the MHS wrestlers as after their dual with the Orioles, they head out to compete in the Prairie Classic in Hays on Friday and Saturday.