MHS wrestlers set for regional at Buhler

By Steve Sell
February 16, 2017
Kendall Shaw

When McPherson High was in Class 5A, the goal was to get eight or more wrestlers on to state.

Now that MHS is 4A, the goal has dropped a bit because the Bullpups have to outlast double the teams as it’s gone from seven other opponents to 14.

MHS coach Doug Kretzer says sometimes it’s all about attitude whether a wrestler makes state.

“Hopefully we can get between four to seven through,” Kretzer said as his team competes Friday and Saturday in Buhler for the right to advance to Salina next week. “It's a tough regional. I told the team you can throw the records out the window. This tournament comes down to who wants it the most.”

Virtual locks for the Bullpups figure to be Rhett Edmonson at 106 and Austin Eldredge at 138. Edmonson has been ranked in the Top 4 most of the season, while Eldredge is No. 1 at 138

Scott Radke, at 145, is another Bullpup who is a strong candidate, while several others can make it if they perform well.

Other teams on hand are Abilene, Chapman, Clay Center, Colby, Concordia, Goodland, Hays, Larned, Nickerson, Rock Creek, Scott City, Smoky Valley and Wamego. Smoky Valley has at least four top finishers in Noah Lackey, Beck Elliott, Austin Lustfield and Allan Wampler.

The Bullpups have battled injuries and illness throughout the past month, but should still do well. Kretzer has settled on this lineup to take:

106 — Rhett Edmonson

113  — Landon Crews

120— EJ Kretzer

126 —Seth Morgan

132 —Brynton Crews

138 — Austin Eldredge

145 — Scott Radke

152 — Jonah Clarke

160 — Mason Thrash

170 — Luke Thompson

182 — Bailey Yarborough

195 — Kourtney Craig

220 — Alex Grennan

285 — Donavon Bailey