Doug Kretzer was wearing two hats at the recent USA Wrestling National Freestyle Championships in Fargo, N.D.
While he was a proud father, he also was a proud coach.
Kretzer’s daughter, Mya, competed with Team Kansas in the tournament and came away with Top-8 finishes in two divisions to earn the rare distinction of being a Double All-American.
She was seventh in the 115-pound Cadet Division, eighth in the 117-pound Junior Women’s Freestyle Division. Cadets is for girls whose birthdays are in 2000-2001 and are typically high school freshmen and sophomores. The Junior Division is mainly for girls who will be juniors and seniors.
Doug Kretzer said to the average fan the enormity of the event can’t be overstated.
“I’m not sure I can paint a true picture of what she accomplished at this tournament,” said Kretzer, who is McPherson High's head wrestling coach. “She attends national level tournaments regularly, but this tournament in Fargo is "The One.” This is the Super Bowl of the Olympic Style Wrestling for high school-age kids. Total number of boys and girls competing at the event was approximately 2,800 athletes. In this is about 450 girls from all-around the USA (Hawaii and Alaska included) and Puerto Rico. The event lasts seven days with multiple divisions wrestled on 23 mats. Each day typically starts about 7 a.m. and finishes up about 10 p.m."
Kretzer’s outstanding performance lifted Team Kansas to 15th place in the Junior Division and 16th in the Cadet Division.
“These are the best high school girl wrestlers in the nation,” Kretzer said. “To participate in this tournament is a big deal. To place is incredible. Prior to this tournament, Kansas has only had four girls ever place in the Cadet bracket and 10 girls place in the Juniors bracket."
Kretzer is the first Kansas wrestler to attain the double All-American status.
“I am so very proud of her, with all her hard work paying off,” said Kretzer, whose daughter wrestles against the boys during the high school season. “She plans to participate again next year in both divisions, then her last two years as a junior.”
Here are her results:
• Cadet Women's Freestyle - 115 lbs., placing 7th •
• Champ. Round 1: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Tess Kinne (Missouri) (TF 10-0)
• Champ. Round 2: Xochitl Mota-pettis (Texas) over Mya Kretzer (Kansas) (Fall 2:57)
• Cons. Round 2: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Kira Pomykal (Texas) (Fall 0:27)
• Cons. Round 3: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Clare Garcia (California) (TF 10-0)
• Cons. Round 4: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Jasel Perez (Washington) (Fall 5:13)
• Cons. Round 5: Marissa Gallegos (Colorado) over Mya Kretzer (Kansas) (TF 10-0)
• 7th Place Match: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Xochitl Mota-pettis (Texas) (Dec 10-6)
• Junior Women's Freestyle - 117 lbs., placing 8th •
• Champ. Round 1: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) drew a bye
• Champ. Round 2: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Brianna Rivera (New York) (Fall 0:59)
• Champ. Round 3: Madison Ruckdashel (Wisconsin) over Mya Kretzer (Kansas) (TF 10-0)
• Cons. Round 4: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Trynadii Rocha (Oregon) (Dec 9-4)
• Cons. Round 5: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Maya Porter (New York) (Dec 7-6)
• Cons. Round 6: Mya Kretzer (Kansas) over Jasel Perez (Washington) (Dec 11-7)
• Cons. Round 7: Delilah Houck (California) over Mya Kretzer (Kansas) (TF 12-2)
• 7th Place Match: Jessica Sanchez (California) over Mya Kretzer (Kansas) (TF 10-0)