MHS girls win state wrestling title

By Steve Sell
February 12, 2017
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High has set the standard and now it hopes the others will follow.

MHS hosted the first-ever Kansas Girls State Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Roundhouse and the Bullpups took first place by sheer numbers as it had 12 competitors, as most of the other schools had only one or two entries.

The Bullpups scored 120 points to 35 for runner-up Dodge City. However, a whopping 42 schools sent girls to the meet, which was designed to give the sport its moment in the spotlight. Girls wrestling at this point is not sanctioned by KSHSAA, but if interest grows it figures to only be a matter of time. Twenty-four schools are needed for it to be sanctioned.

MHS had a state champion in Mya Kretzer, who won her three matches at 113 by falls, while Shyanne Fernandez was second at 195-220 (combined class) and Katelyn Simmons was third at 160. MHS had a couple of weights where it had more than one entrant.

McPherson High coach Doug Kretzer, who has been working overtime to get girls wrestling into the high school mainstream, wore many hats during the day — coach, father, tournament organizer and spokesman, as the TV stations and newspapers on hand were constantly interviewing him about how quickly the sport is growing.

Kretzer could not have been more pleased. There were a lot of spectators throughout the day as the meet ran just over 5 hours and all girls were given plenty of opportunities to compete as the brackets were wrestled out.

“I’m not surprised how good some of these girls are,” Kretzer said. “I’m privy to seeing these girls wrestle a lot, being one of the coaches for the state team that wrestles at the national level. It’s kind of like a homecoming for me, I get to see all my state-level wrestlers at this tournament.”

Kretzer said it’s obvious there were all skill levels in the tournament, but the important thing was for girls to wrestle against other girls. Because of the format, a wrestler didn’t go home if they lost in the first round.

“It’s a nice blend here,” he said. “The way we set the brackets up is called a scramble format. You pod them, then your two winners from your pod will wrestle each other. We set it up that way so everybody would finish up at the same time. We didn’t allow anyone to be done early. It was a great turnout. I’m very pleased with how things went.”


• 106 •

1. Besco, Rose Hill

2. Newcomb, Osawatomie

3. Anderson, Caney

4. Boyett, McPherson

5. Kesler, Eskridge

6. Garza, Great Bend

7. Moore, McPherson

8. Daniels-Gardner-Edgerton

9. Hodgin, Derby

10. Winebrenner, Jefferson West

• 113 •

1. Kretzer, McPherson

2. Goodwin, Gardner-Edgerton

3. Cokely, Douglass

4. O’Leary, Riley County

• 120-126 •

1. Jones, Burlingame

2. Graham, Jefferson West

3. Fuentes, Campus

4. Marbut, McPherson

5. Manning, McPherson

6. Schrader, Circle

7. Mann, Spring Hill

8. Cowden, Newton

9. Spaich, McPherson

• 132-138 •

1. Mayginne, Onaga

2. Reyes, Dodge City

3. Kreutzer, Buhler

4. Jones, Altamont

5. Harris, Humboldt

6. Sifuentes, Goddard Eisenhower

7. Auman, McPherson

8. Halsey, McPherson

9. Rounds, Erie

• 145 •

1. Gonsalves, Clearwater

2. Claibourn, Fredonia

3. Smith, Wichita South

4. Schafer, McPherson

5. Dodson, Douglass

6. Hilton, Derby

• 152 •

1. Kimmel, Wichita South

2. Curry, Hutchinson

3. Liddic, Leavenworth

4. Norstrom, Canton-Galva

• 160 •

1. Robinson, Junction City

2. Hayworth, Lincoln

3. Simmons, McPherson

4. Longbrake, Atchison

5. Winsky, McPherson

• 170-182 •

1. Patterson, Shawnee Heights

2. Sanborn, Tonganoxie

3. Avila, Dodge City

4. Secrest, Circle

• 195-220 •

1. Forbest, Effingham

2. Fernandez, McPherson

3. Pinkerton, Caney