In the past few years, McPherson High coach Doug Kretzer admits he’s had to send out some wrestlers who probably weren’t varsity-ready.
That’s not the case this year.
The Bullpups displayed their considerable talent and depth on Thursday with a 58-18 rout of Rose Hill in the season opener before a wildly enthusiastic crowd inside the MHS Auxiliary Gym.
“We want to be physical. We want to be aggressive,” said Kretzer, whose team grabbed the match by the throat early. “We want to set the tone. We came out of the gates tough and wrestled tough all the way through. We had some young kids in our lineup and we bumped up in a few places... I was really, really impressed with how we performed.”
The Bullpups, who filled all their weights while Rose Hill was open at the final three, won all but three matches. More importantly, five of the wins were by pins — Landon Crews at 113, Mya Kretzer at 120, Austin Eldredge at 138, Mason Thrash at 160 and Bailey Yarborough at 182.
Decision winners were Rhett Edmonson at 106, Brynton Crews at 132 and Scott Radke at 145. Alex Perkins at 195, Dylan Baldwin at 220 and Alex Grennan at heavyweight were winners by forfeit.
“I was impressed with our leaders, I was impressed with our upperclassmen,” Kretzer said. “I was impressed with our freshmen. Everybody came out and just got after it.”
Kretzer really liked the performance of 113-pounder Landon Crews, who won by a second-period fall. He would normally be wrestling JV, but the Bullpups were without a couple of their lower-weight wrestlers and he performed admirably.
“Crews came in there and really showed up well,” Kretzer said. “He applied pressure and was receptive to coaching throughout the match.”
Mya Kretzer, who should be at 113, was moved up to 120 and proved she’s more than a novelty by pinning her opponent in just 1:50.
“She does belong out there,” her father and coach said. “It’s an uphill battle for her. I can’t express enough how tough it is for a female to step out there on the mat against those boys.”
Scott Radke is going to be a force, Kretzer believes.
“I was really impressed with Scott,” he said. “Another year in the weight room has made him stronger. Great position, great pressure. He was a man out there tonight.”
The Bullpups will be hosting a JV tourney on Saturday in the Auxiliary Gym with both boys and girls action starting at 9 a.m.
• Varsity •
106 — Rhett Edmonson won 4-2 over Sackett
113 — Landon Crews won by fall over Engelberry
120 — Mya Kretzer won by a fall over Graham
126 — Megan Manning lost by a fall to Jones
132 — Brynton Crews won 10-7 over Kressly
138 — Austin Eldredge won by a fall over Carney
145 — Scott Radke won 11-2 over Leck
152 — Jonah Clarke lost by a fall to Scheer
160 — Mason Thrash won by a fall over Krause
170 — Luke Thompson lost by a fall to Thrush
182 — Bailey Yarborough won by a fall over Geren
195 — Alex Perkins won by a forfeit
220 — Dylan Baldwin won by a forfeit
285 — Alex Grennan won by a forfeit
• JV •
Note — Some wrestlers had two matches
106 — Hannah Moore won by a fall; lost by a fall
106 — Bailey Boyett lost by a fall; lost by a fall
106 — Jaedon Bratcher won 8-4
138 — Juan Escobar lost 3-2
138 — Andre Patton won by a fall
160 — Michael Mendez won 5-2
160 — Ryder Peterson lost by a fall