Doug Kretzer took today to look back at the wrestling season that was and the season that is going to be — even if it’s well down the road.
The McPherson High coach saw five of his wrestlers compete at state this past weekend, with Kaleb Jost coming away with a fifth-place medal at 182 pounds as he closed out his career.
“I was really happy for Kaleb to get a state medal,” Kretzer said. “He worked his tail off these last four years and was rewarded for his efforts.”
Also this weekend, senior Ty Goss was 2-2 at 285 after being state ranked much of the year.
“Goss was so close in both matches he lost,” Kretzer said. “We were hoping that he could get a medal as well, but he fell just short.”
Austin Eldredge, who was third in the state last year at 106, made a difficult jump up several weights this season as he had a growth spurt that landed him at 132. After winning his first match, he lost his final two. The junior has one more year to capture that elusive state gold.
“Austin had a couple tough losses as well, and in my opinion 138 was probably the toughest bracket in 4A,” Kretzer said.
Sophomore Brynton Crews, at 126, also was 1-2. “Brynton had a nice end-of-season run to finish strong,” Kretzer said.
Cole Kretzer, at 120, saw his weekend and solid high school career end on Friday with a pair of losses.
“Unfortunately for Cole he was fighting some injuries the last month of the season that impacted his ability to wrestle the way he had earlier in the season,” his father and coach said.
The Bullpups were a team built more for duals, in fact they won a share of their first-ever league championship.
“All in all though, it was a very good season,” Kretzer said. “Great senior leadership from Kaleb Jost, Ty Goss, Cole Kretzer, Caleb Giddings, Seth Spainhour, Karsten Hardeman and our senior manager Mandi Handlin. This group has laid the foundation to continue on with the success from this season into the future.”
Kretzer, whose energy is contagious as his team wrestled with a lot of emotion all season, believes the program will continue on its successful path.
“We've got a lot of experience coming back next year and a quality group of eighth-graders coming up next season as freshmen,” he said. “Just one day after the state tournament, I'm already excited about next year.”