McPherson High has spent most of the wrestling season with its freshman-sophomore-dominated team going up against opponents’ junior and seniors.
But here Thursday night, the Bullpups finally went up against somebody their own age.
The result was a 54-17 Bullpup blowout for their first dual win of the year. Winfield actually brought only 10 wrestlers — all of whom were freshmen or sophomores — and there were five open matches, four of them going MHS’ way.
“As young as we are, we finally ran into a team that’s in the same situation as we are,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “They were as young as we were. When we wrestle people our own age, our own class, it shows how bright the future is going to be.”
Kretzer was more interested in the results of the nine actual matches contested — seven of which went the Bullpups’ way.
“Opens — there’s nothing we can do about that,” Kretzer said. “We don’t want them. We want to wrestle. We’d rather wrestle than receive the points. Those guys made weight and they’ve sacrificed and done what they need to do to get down to weight. They want the matches.”
Jose Gloria at 138 and Dylan Baldwin at 182 won via the pinfall, while Austin Eldredge continues to stamp himself as one of the top 106-pounders around, winning by a technical fall in the first period, which is quite a feat as he rolled up 18 points.
Gloria, according to Kretzer, seems to get more motivated before the home crowd.
“When he’s in front of his classmates and he’s in the house here, he’s tough,” Kretzer said. “He’s a different wrestler, so we’ve got to learn to translate that on the road for those matches.”
Eldredge remained on his hot streak and Kretzer believes big things could be coming his way down the road.
“He was lights-out again,” Kretzer said. “He’s just got a motor and he’s a tough wrestler already... I’ll take him against any 6 (106) pounder out there.”
Other winners on the mat were Todd Graber at 145 (15-7), Kobe Unruh at 160 (4-0), Kaleb Jost at 170 (8-2) and Alex Grennan at 220 (1-0).
Receiving forfeits were Cole Kretzer at 113, Brice Kasting at 126, Ross Regier at 195 and Ty Goss at 285.
Kretzer is going to split his team up this weekend, with his experienced members going to Newton and the others going to Abilene. “I really feel strong it’s going to carry over what we’re doing here,” he said.
106 — Austin Eldredge won by technical fall over Ca. Conover
113 — Cole Kretzer won by forfeit
120 — Ethan VanDorn lost by a fall to Ledford
126 — Brice Kasting won by forfeit
132 — T.K. Mukwindidza lost by a fall to Smith
138 — Jose Gloria won by a fall over Co. Conover
145 — Todd Graber dec. Smith, 15-7
152 — MHS was open
160 — Kobe Unruh dec. Landwehr, 4-0
170 — Kaleb Jost dec. Viravong, 8-2
182 — Dylan Baldwin won by a fall over Gibson
195 — Ross Regier won by forfeit
220 — Alex Grennan dec. Ging, 1-0
285 — Ty Goss won by forfeit