Summer camps make winter champs.
That’s McPherson High wrestling coach Doug Kretzer’s motto as his team attended the recent University of Nebraska-Kearney camp, which allows the Bullpups to get in a lot of matches and gain experience for the upcoming season.
Twenty-five Bullpups took part. The highlight was MHS’ Austin Eldredge being named the camp’s outstanding wrestler. He won a head-to-head match for the award and finished the week with a spotless 11-0 record.
According to Kretzer, he is the second Bullpup to ever receive the honor, the other being Tim Prescott. Prescott later went on to become an NCAA Division II national champion.
“This is a dual camp, so a big part of the camp experience is based on getting matches,” Kretzer said. “We wrestled 258 total matches in three days. There were over 400 wrestlers at camp with more than 25 high schools in attendance. We’ve been attending this camp for the past 6 years and it is a tremendous opportunity for improvement.”
In addition to the boys, Kretzer said seven girls currently are attending a Missouri Valley Wrestling Camp in Marshall, Mo.
“This camp is also a tremendous camp, with world level clinicians running the camp,” Kretzer said. “These girls are getting very high-end coaching over this five-day camp.”
Kretzer currently is working with the Kansas State High School Activities Association to make girls wrestling an accredited sport. Currently girls who wrestle must go up against the boys, which numbered more than 100 in Kansas last year.