The little guys got it started and the big guys finished up.
McPherson High’s wrestling team got off to a flying 21-0 start here Thursday on Senior Night against El Dorado, then fell behind 30-21 after the middle weights before the upper weights finished strong for a 45-30 victory.
The Wildcats had finished ahead of the Bullpups at the Rose Hill Invitational last weekend, but MHS filled three of its open weights. This time it was El Dorado that had some opens as MHS’ Cole Kretzer, Ross Regier and Ty Goss all won by forfeits, while the Wildcats received one from the Bullpups at 170.
The victory assured MHS of a winning Division III record as it closed 3-2 in the AVCTL.
Bullpup coach Doug Kretzer was happy that the enthusiastic crowd was rewarded with an aggressive effort.
Kaleb Jost clinched the win as his fall at 182 over Austin Powell pulled MHS within three, with the Bullpups having two forfeit wins in their back pocket later on.
“It really came down to Caleb’s match to be honest with you,” Kretzer said. “Caleb Jost had a real tough match... they split last weekend. Kaleb won a tough match, then lost a tough match to him. We knew that was a big, pivotal matchup in that dual.”
Ross Regier and Ty Goss received forfeits, sandwiched around Michael McKinney’s pin over Matt Kenney at 220 in what was his final home appearance.
Earlier, MHS’ Austin Eldredge achieved a milestone with his 30th win of the year against just one loss, needing just a minute to record a pin. Brynton Crews also recorded a pin, followed by Cole Kretzer’s forfeit and a huge 11-8 win for Gunnar Reiss at 126 to complete the 21-0 start.
“(Reiss) won a big match, a real tough match,” Kretzer said. “We need to get Gunnar going. He had a good tournament at the last JV tournament... he has really carried over from that tournament. I’m not sure if Gunnar thought he could do it at first, but we had a great crowd tonight and you could feel the momentum turning there about late in the match. It could have went either way. He’s a tough kid and he’ll keep battling. So if we could keep it close, we thought he had a shot, too.”
MHS lost the next six matches, but then won the final four as its top weights have been solid much of the year.
Kretzer, whose team has been ravaged by illness, said he’s going to take some of his younger varsity members to the Remington JV meet this weekend to get them some experience before the team competes in regional action next weekend at Hays.
• VARSITY •
106 — Austin Eldredge won by a fall over Roberts
113 — Brynton Crews won by a fall over Morgan
120 — Cole Kretzer won by forfeit
126 — Gunnar Reiss won 11-8 dec. over Thomas
132 — Shade Swaim lost 13-6 to Harmon
138 — Brice Kasting lost by a fall to Motter
145 — Luke Thompson by by a fall to Hughey
152 — Bailey Yarborough lost 10-9 to Hancock
160 — Caleb Giddings lost by a fall to Triboletti
170 — MHS was open
182 — Kaleb Jost won by a fall over Powell
195 — Ross Regier won by forfeit
220 — Michael McKinney won by a fall over Kenney
285 — Ty Goss won by forfeit
• JUNIOR VARSITY •
132 — Tyler Scott lost 18-11
138 — Noah Scott lost by a fall
145 — Michael Mendez lost by a technical fall
145 — Oscar Westerblom won by a fall