Edmonson, Eldredge make title match

By Steve Sell
February 24, 2017

SALINA — McPherson High is going to be busy Saturday when the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament individual championships are determined.

MHS will have two wrestlers going for the gold after Friday's exciting first day that couldn't have gone much better. 

Both freshman Rhett Edmonson at 106 and senior Austin Eldredge at 138 advanced to the finals after winning all three of their matches.

Edmonson (29-10) advanced to the finals with a 2-0 victory over Rose Hill’s Kyle Sackett. He will take on Paola’s Preston Martin (34-3) on Saturday in the finals.

Eldredge was a 7-4 semifinal winner over Gad Huseman of Tonganoxie to make the finals where he'll face a familiar foe in Andale's Zach Eck. The last meeting between them came out at Hays last month where Eldredge won a titanic struggle, 5-4. Eck was the state champion at 138 last year.

Eldredge is now 40-3 on the year and Eck is 36-3.

Meanwhile, MHS' 182-pounder Bailey Yarborough caused one of the biggest stirs of the day by winning his first two matches to advance to the semifinals, where he was pinned by Abilene's Trey Hoerner, considered the favorite by many. Yarborough, however, still has a chance at third place on Saturday.

MHS' Scott Radke is still alive in the 145-pound class after a 1-1 days, while 132-pounder Brynton Crews was ousted after going 0-2.

Teamwise, the Bullpups are in seventh place with 47 1/2 points, with Andale (84 1/2) and Bonner Springs (73 1/2), with Abilene (70 1/2) still in the running.