McPherson High did it to arch-rival Buhler again in dramatic fashion.
This time it came on the wrestling mat here Thursday night, as the Bullpups roared back from a 36-21 deficit with pins in the final three matches for a 39-36 victory before a packed, electric crowd in the MHS Auxiliary Gym.
That completed a Bullpup sweep in the “physical sports,” as MHS pulled off a likewise dramatic upset of Buhler in football this past fall.
Ty Goss’ pin of Darian Maxfield in the 285-pound match completed the Bullpups’ improbable comeback in the roller-coaster match. MHS had started out on fire with a 21-3 lead before Buhler rattled off 33 straight points.
“We knew the match was going to go like that,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “We knew we would have some success early, and then we’d have our hands full in the middle. And we thought if we could not give up falls, keep it close, we could make a run at them at the end.”
Ross Regier’s pin at 195 and another by Michael McKinney at 220 set the table for Goss, who took his time before methodically pinning Maxfield.
MHS zipped to an 18-0 lead as Bailey Boyett — replacing undefeated Austin Eldredge who was out with the flu — won by forfeit at 106, then Andrew Trowbridge and Cole Kretzer buzzsawed their way to falls.
A key match was at 132 where MHS’ Shaden Swaim trailed much of the way before finally scoring a takedown in overtime for a 5-3 victory, which was a six-point flip.
“That was a huge match,” Kretzer said. “To win it in overtime, to gut it out, that wasn’t easy.”
Kretzer liked the way his team came out and got after it.
“We’ve got some pinners on this team,” said Kretzer, whose Bullpups won five matches by falls. “When we wrestle our match, and put people in the position where we want to wrestle, we’re different than when we’re reactive. These guys want to compete. They wrestle hard at home. This was a big match for them. We knew league started tonight. They’ve got some goals and things they want to accomplish as a team and it all started with tonight.”
This was quite a turnaround from last year when Buhler was the league champ and steamrolled the Bullpups, 63-12.
“I asked them (in the locker room) if anybody in here wanted to do anything about that,” Kretzer said. “And it seemed like that maybe some of them did.”
The Bullpups are back in action Saturday when they travel to Maize.
• Results •
106 — Bailey Boyett won by forfeit
113 — Andrew Trowbridge won by a fall over Nobbs
120 — Cole Kretzer won by a fall over Popkey
126 — Gunnar Reiss lost by a fall to Hershberger
132 — Shaden Swaim won 5-3 in overtime over Johnson
138 — Brice Kasting lost by a fall to Whitson
145 — Luke Thompson lost by a fall to Elliott
152 — Bailey Yarborough lost by a fall to Peterson
160 — Caleb Giddings lost by a fall to Brown
170 — MHS was open
182 — Kaleb Jost lost by a fall to Lindbloom
195 — Ross Regier won by a fall over Schultz
220 — Michael McKinney won by a fall over Weast
285 — Ty Goss won by a fall over Maxfield
• JV •
138 — Noah Scott lost by a fall
145 — Michael Mendez lost by a fall
145 — Oscar Westerblom lost by a fall
152 — Jerome Dishmon won by a fall
195 — Gage Stolzenburg lost by a fall
195 — Seth Spainhour lost by a fall