AUGUSTA — Doug Kretzer has talked glowingly all season about the depth of his McPherson High wrestling team.
Never was it needed more than Thursday.
With injuries and illness depleting the starting lineup, Kretzer had to be worried going into Thursday’s dual with Augusta.
But the depth came through as MHS moved one step closer to the AVCTL Division III title with a 41-33 dual victory, improving to 4-0 in league matches. Winfield is the only remaining team between the Bullpups and a perfect run of the league.
“The team wrestled tremendous,” a proud Kretzer said. “We were really hit by the injuries and illnesses this last two weeks. Our January schedule is a meatgrinder and we limped into this dual. We were without numerous starters.”
MHS had only four upperclassmen and a whopping six freshmen in the lineup, while nine of the 14 wrestlers had to move up a weight.
“I’m extremely proud of the guts these kids showed last night,” Kretzer said. “It can’t be understated how completely unselfish it was for all these kids to do what was best for the team. No complaints about wrestling up. It’s no easy task to give up 8 to 15 pounds on the varsity mat, let alone with 70 percent of your team as underclassmen.”
The Bullpups received falls from EJ Kretzer, Austin Eldredge, Landon Frantz, Kourtney Craig and Bailey Yarborough. Rhett Edmonson, Landon Crews and Scott Radke won by decisions.
Here are the results:
• VARSITY •
106 — Rhett Edmonson won 12-3
113 — Landon Crews won 12-6
120 — EJ Kretzer won by a fall
126 — Seth Morgan lost by a fall
132 — Tristan Prater lost by a fall
138 — Austin Eldredge won by a fall
145 — Landon Frantz won by a fall
152 — Scott Radke won 13-2
160 — Ben Hopkins lost 10-6
170 — Micahel Mendez lost by a fall
182 — Kourtney Craig won by a fall
195 — Bailey Yarborough won by a fall
220 — Lane Thompson lost by a fall
285 — Alex Grennan lost by a fall
• JV •
106 — Bailey Boyett won 17-16
106 — Hannah Moore lost by a fall
113 — Mya Kretzer won 15-1
113 — Jaedon Bratcher won 13-3
126 — Kaleigh Marbut lost by a fall
126 — J’anae Spaich lost by a fall
132 — Bailey Halsey lost by a fall
132 — Katelyn Auman lot by a fall
145 — Jonah Clarke won by a fall
145 — Haley Schafer lost by a fall
182 — Colton Eldredge won 2-0
220 — Shayanne Fernandez lost by a fall