McPherson High’s wrestling team will go from one tough tournament to another.
The Bullpups competed last week in the prestigious Newton Tournament of Champions, taking 17th out of 28 quality teams, about half of them being ranked. They were, however, without standout 195-pounder Bailey Yarborough and given how close the team points were, MHS would probably have finished at least several spots higher had he been available.
“Newton is a very tough tournament,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “Participating in this tournament will expose your individual weaknesses. Scott Radke wrestled tremendous, taking fourth. Both of his losses were by one point and both could have gone either way. He is right there with the best kids in the state. Rhett (Edmonson) and Brynton (Crews) got a piece of the hardware by placing seventh. The rest of the team had its ups and downs, but all in all I'm happy with our effort. Now back to work with the information gathered from the matches wrestled in this loaded tournament.”
The Bullpups now head to Hays for a two-day event that begins Friday. They won’t have Edmonson due to illness, but hope to have Yarborough and heavyweight Wayne Hitt back. Hitt has been out since before Christmas.
“Hays will be tough from an individual standpoint, but the depth of teams won't be as intense as the Newton tournament,” Kretzer said. “I expect our kids to really get after it out at Hays.”