If you blinked, you might have missed McPherson High’s 60-18 destruction of Andover in a dual wrestling match Thursday night in the auxiliary gym.
The Bullpups needed only an hour to record their first win of the year, winning 11 of the 14 matches, seven of them by a fall and another by a technical fall. Six of the pins occurred in the first period.
“They’re a lot of fun to coach this year,” MHS mentor Rich Settle said. “They came out with a lot of energy and were aggressive.”
If there were any concerns about a letdown after giving No. 1-ranked Goddard such a battle last week, they were erased early. After losing the first match, the Bullpups rattled off six wins in a row.
“We talked about that,” Settle said of being focused. “Our goal is to improve every match and get better. I saw a lot of things tonight that we had worked on during the week.”
Scoring falls were Tim Prescott at 119, Beau Johnson at 125, Troy Crane at 130, Cole Luttig at 135, Dalton Clark at 189, Zach Lanning at 215 and Taylor Krier at heavyweight. Kaden Kretzer won by a technical fall at 112, while Jose Gloria and Travis Steenson won decisions at 140 and 152 respectively. Dustin Schafer won by forfeit at 160.
MHS now readies itself for Saturday when it competes in its first tournament, traveling to Emporia. There are 18 teams in the field and Settle is excited to see what his team can do against top competition.
103 -- Raymond Delos Reyes lost by a fall to Knowlen. 112 -- Kaden Kretzer won by technical fall over Amaro. 119 -- Tim Prescott won by a fall over Robinson. 125 -- Beau Johnson won by a fall over Huckstadt. 130 -- Troy Crane won by a fall over Richardson. 135 -- Cole Luttig won by a fall over Ray. 140 -- Jose Gloria won 12-9 over Egglestan.
145 -- Matt Anderson lost by a fall to Stock. 152 -- Travis Steenson won 12-4 over Grommett. 160 -- Dustin Schafer won by forfeit. 171 -- Jordan Sponsel lost by a fall to Weddington. 189 -- Dalton Clark won by a fall over Slate. 215 -- Zach Lanning won by a fall over Starbird. HWT -- Taylor Krier won by a fall over Scott.
103 -- SueAnn Buster lost 9-0. 130 -- Tommy Lewis won by a fall. 135 -- Alex Boswell lost 8-7. 140 -- Addie Lanning won 6-4. 140 -- Ryan Fulcher won by a fall. 140 -- Todd Graber won by a fall. 140 -- Andrew Colson won by a fall. 140 -- Ethan Fowler won 8-1.