ANDALE — All it would have taken was for one match to flip and McPherson High’s wrestling team would have opened its season with a victory on Thursday.
Instead, Andale outlasted the painfully young Bullpups 41-36 but MHS coach Doug Kretzer hardly came away discouraged.
“For a first match of the year I thought our effort was really good,” Kretzer said. “We have quite a bit of inexperience on our team, so it was a learning experience for quite a few of our newcomers. All of the varsity wrestlers who got a win really did wrestle well. Some of the varsity wrestlers who lost actually wrestled quite tough, we just need to clean up a few things. This match really could have gone either way, if we win one more match, we win the dual.”
The Bullpups were up 12-9 early, but a stretch of five Andale wins in six matches turned the tide.
Winners on the night for MHS were Andrew Trowbridge at 106, Ethan VanDorn at 120, Todd Graber at 145, Kaleb Jost at 170, Ross Regier at 195 and Ty Goss at 285. Addie Lanning posted two wins in JV action to highlight its effort.
MHS will be hosting a JV meet starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the auxiliary gym. Next varsity action will be historic, as MHS will host county school Smoky Valley for the first time.
106 — Andrew Trowbridge won by a fall over Weber
113 — Cole Kretzer lost by a fall to Z. Eck
120 — Ethan VanDorn won by a fall over Lubbers
126 — Brice Kasting lost 6-5 to Koontz
132 — TK Mukwindidza lost by a fall to D. Eck
138 — Jose Gloria lost by a fall to Mies
145 — Todd Graber won by a fall over Reichenberger
152 — Brendan Hein lost by a fall to Spexarth
160 — Kobe Unruh lost 8-5 to H. Eck
170 — Kaleb Jost won by a fall over Hein
182 — Dylan Baldwin lost by a T-fall to Clevenger
195 — Ross Regier won by a fall over Cooley
220 — Alex Grennan lost by a fall to Betzen
285 — Ty Goss won by forfeit
120 — Austin Gunter lost by a fall to B. Taylor
120 — Shaden Swaim won 7-5 over B. Taylor
145 — Addie Lanning won 11-5 over Dickson; won 12-2 over Weber
182 — Rene Banczyk lost by a fall to Hanson
182 — Seth Spainhour lost by a fall to I. Taylor