McPherson High’s wrestling team had just roared back from a 22-6 deficit to take a 24-22 lead over Smoky Valley here Thursday night.
Then the Vikings started to throw their weight around.
Once Smoky Valley got into its strength of its heavier weights, it closed out the match in dominating fashion with five straight falls to win the first-ever dual between the teams, 52-24.
“They had a good night,” Smoky Valley coach Ben Elliott said of his Vikings, who were aggressive from the get-go as they recorded eight pins. “I was very pleased with the effort and their aggression. We’ve got things to work on, but we did a nice job.”
The Bullpups won only four of the 13 matches contested (there was one double forfeit) but they were all by falls. Cole Kretzer at 113, Jose Gloria at 138, Todd Graber at 145 and Kobe Unruh at 160 all pinned their opponents.
In fact, only one match didn’t end via the pinfall, as the dual was completed in just over an hour.
For MHS coach Doug Kretzer, it’s a year of development. Five of the 13 Bullpup wrestlers were freshmen as it’s a youthful team. While he knows winning dual matches could be difficult this season, he likes the direction his team is heading.
“Both teams are really young,” Kretzer said. “Jose is already in midseason form, looking good. We bumped Todd up a weight class and you could see it took him about a period to get used to the weight and then once he settled in, he was lights-out, too. Both of those guys wrestled well. I thought Kobe Unruh showed some guts. He dug himself a little bit of a hole there and then came back and started grinding and wrestling real hard and reeled him in and got the pin.”
Kretzer wasn’t that surprised that Smoky was able to pull away because he knew the upper weights were the Vikings’ strength.
“We knew we’d have our hands full with them when they got to (Austin) Cook (at 170),” he said. From there they get real tough, real quick. They’ve got multiple potential state placers up there. If they keep it close and get to their upper weights, they’re a real tough dual team up there.”
Results (MHS listed first)
• Varsity •
106 — Andrew Trowbridge lost by a fall to Austin Lustfield
113 — Cole Kretzer won by a fall over Nick Karber
120 — Ethan VanDorn lost by a fall to Caleb Sare
126 — Brice Kasting lost by a fall to Noah Lackey
132 — TK Mukwindidza lost by a fall to Brandon Archuleta
138 — Jose Gloria won by a fall over Beck Elliott
145 — Both teams were open
152 — Todd Graber won by a fall over Joey Alvarado
160 — Kobe Unruh won by a fall over Bret Sauvage
170 — Kaleb Jost lost by a fall to Austin Cook
182 — Dylan Baldwin lost by a fall to Spencer Bird
195 — Ross Regier lost by a fall to Ethan Loder
220 — Alex Grennan lost by a fall to Nils Peterson
285 — Michael McKinney lost by a fall to Brix Brickey
• JV •
106 — Bailey Boyett lost by a fall to Klayton Rick
113 — Shaden Swaim won 6-5 over Jordin Foth; won by a fall over Johannes Apel
126 — Austin Gunter won 5-3 over Apel
126 — Lane Wolf lost by a fall to Foth
195 — Rene Banczyk lost by a fall to Wesley Johnson
195 — Seth Spainhour lost by a fall to Johnson