McPherson County wrestling bragging rights will be on the line Thursday night in Lindsborg when Smoky Valley hosts McPherson High in the finale of a triangular that starts at 5 p.m.
Smoky Valley and Chapman meet first, then the Bullpups take on Chapman. The last match will be the unofficial McPherson County Championship.
MHS won last year's matchup with the Vikings 45-27 after Smoky Valley had won the year before.
Of all the matches, the expected 138-pound showdown between MHS’ Austin Eldredge and Smoky Valley’s Austin Lustfield could be a titanic battle of potential state placers. Lustfield was third in the state last year.
“We're excited to get back on the mat,” said Bullpup coach Doug Kretzer, whose team routed Rose Hill 58-18 last week to open the season. “Both Chapman and Smoky Valley will be good duals. We will fill a full team on the varsity mat for both duals. The 138-pound match should be a lot of fun when we dual Smoky Valley.”
MHS has no rest after the meet as it makes the trip to Colby for a two-day tournament Friday and Saturday.
“This weekend will really give us a good barometer to see where our varsity is at, nine duals in three days,” Kretzer said.