McPherson County wrestling bragging rights will be on the line Thursday when Smoky Valley hosts McPherson High in a 6 p.m. dual match.
The Bullpups are looking for their second straight dual win to open the season, as they knocked off Andale last week. Smoky Valley opened its season last weekend at the Riley County tournament.
The Vikings prevailed in last year’s event in McPherson.
“The dual will be competitive,” said MHS coach Doug Kretzer, whose team then competes this weekend at Colby. “I see many matches being tight. It will come down to falls. It could go either way.”
The Bullpups are strong down low with Austin Eldredge, Andrew Trowbridge and Cole Kretzer, who is back this week after missing the Andale match with an injury.
“It should be a great evening of wrestling,” said Smoky Valley coach Ben Elliott, whose Vikings return several members from a team that took third in Class 4A last year, including state champion Austin Cook. “Coach Kretzer always has competitive kids. We are going to have to wrestle well to make up for the 18 points in open classes.”
The Vikings have been decimated with injuries. Elliott said there’s a chance 220-pounder Jarod DeMott could be back in January after suffering a serious knee injury over the summer that cost him his football season. However, heavyweight Brix Brickey may not make it back after also suffering an injury that forced him to miss the football season as well.