ROSE HILL — Austin Eldredge continues to be the shining light for the McPherson High wrestling team.
Eldredge, Class 4A's second-ranked wrestler who has lost only once all season and that came in the prestigious Newton Tournament of Champions, won the 106-pound class Saturday in the Rose Hill Invitational.
Eldredge won by a technical fall over Independence’s Arthur Jesse in the championship match. His toughest opponent actually was Andover’s Carter Guyer, whom he defeated 3-1 in the semifinals. Eldredge’s other two matches resulted in a fall and technical fall.
“Austin is wrestling tremendous right now,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “Austin put the time in during the offseason. He's reaping the benefits of that hard work right now. The last two tournaments we wrestled in Austin has had to wrestle some really tough kids, and he's come away with first place in both of these tournaments. Where I'm proud of him is that he's had a target on his back in those last two tournaments by being the No. 1 seed and still came away as the champion, that shows me he's got confidence in himself. So in the next three weeks the skies the limit for him.”
The Bullpups were 14th out of 22 teams even though they didn’t take a full lineup. Chanute was the winner, followed by Derby, Andover, Smoky Valley and Maize South.
Ross Regier, at 195, lost his first match, but came back to win four straight to take third. Kaleb Jost, at 182, won his first two matches, then lost to Smoky Valley’s undefeated Austin Cook in the semifinals. He then lost a pair of consolation matches to take sixth.
The Bullpups are home on Thursday for Senior Night against El Dorado. Match time in the auxiliary gym is 6 p.m. The Wildcats took eighth place in the Rose Hill meet.
Here are the Bullpup records:
106 — Austin Eldredge, 4-0, 1st
113 — Brynton Crews, 0-2
120 — Cole Kretzer, 0-2
126 — Open
132 — Shaden Swaim, 0-2
138 — Brice Kasting, 0-2
145 — Oscar Westerblom, 0-2
152 — Open
160 — Open
170 — Open
182 — Kaleb Jost, 2-3, 6th
195 — Ross Regier, 4-1, 3rd
220 — Michael McKinney, 0-2
285 — Ty Goss, 1-2