Just call McPherson High wrestler Alex Grennan “Mr. Clutch.”
For the second time in a week, Grennan came up with a pin in the last match of the night to snatch the Bullpups a victory from the jaws of defeat.
Grennan’s second-period pin over Buhler’s Jonny Cole gave MHS a 35-32 victory after it had trailed going into his heavyweight match here Thursday night.
Last Thursday, Grennan’s pin in the final match gave the Bullpups a one-point win over Smoky Valley.
“Alex has a good vibe for that,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “He’s following a guy (Ty Goss) that really showed him how to do that well. He works hard... he’s done that numerous times. He’s worked hard to put himself in that position with his effort in the practice room to win those kind of matches.”
Had Grennan just won by decision, the match would have been tied at 32-all and Buhler would have been awarded the victory on criteria because of more falls.
Just as Kretzer correctly predicted, the dual came down to the final match as the teams went back and forth as there was little separation.
“They’ve got some tough kids,” Kretzer said of Buhler. “The tough kids in their (practice) room raises the level of their younger kids, just the same thing that happens in our room.”
Other winners for the Bullpups were Rhett Edmonson (forfeit), Mya Kretzer (5-3), Seth Morgan (15-4), Austin Eldredge (fall), Bailey Yarborough (fall) and Kourtney Craig (13-3). Doug Kretzer said he was pleased with how aggressive his team wrestled as in several matche it took charge early to dominate.
MHS completes the December portion of the schedule Saturday by competing in the Abilene Invitational.
106 — Rhett Edmonson won by forfeit
113 — Mya Kretzer dec. Wiggins, 5-3
120 — EJ Kretzer lost by a fall to A. Whitson
126 — Seth Morgan dec. Carlton 15-4
132 — Brynton Crews lost 13-2 to Hershberger
138 — Austin Eldredge won by a fall over Glasgow
145 — Scott Radke lost 1-0 to T. Whitson
152 — Ben Hopkins lost by a fall to Johnson
160 — Mike Mendez lost by a fall to Peterson
170 — Luke Thompson lost 6-4 to Dowell
182 — Bailey Yarborough won by a fall over Gentry
195 — Kourtney Craig dec. McComas 13-3
220 — Lane Thompson lost by a fall to Briggs.
285 — Alex Grennan won by a fall over Cole
• JV •
Note — Some Bullpups wrestled twice
132 — Juan Escobar lost by a fall; lost by a fall
138 — Andre Patton won by a fall; won by a fall
138 — Haley Schafer lost 8-4; won 7-5
138 — Katelyn Auman lost by a fall
138 — Tristan Prater won by a fall
145 — Noah Bratcher won by a fall
145 — Garrett Rausch won by a fall; won by a fall
160 — Jonah Clarke won by a fall; won by a fall
160 — Noah Scott won by a fall
160 — Katelyn Simmons won by a fall
160 — Ryder Peterson lost by a fall
182 — Gage Jarvis won by a fall
182 — Nicole Winsky lost by a fall