McPherson High placed five wrestlers in the medal round Saturday in the Emporia Classic, as the Bullpups continue to add to their solid season resume.
MHS wound up taking fifth place out of 18 teams in what Bullpup coach Rich Settle said was a “state-caliber field.”
“There were probably at least 25 state placers from last year and numerous state champions (in the field),” Settle said. “We saw some tough kids, lots of powerful kids.”
Defending Class 6A champion Goddard, which defeated the Bullpups just 43-33 in a season-opening dual, emerged as the tourney champion with 173 points. Topeka Seaman followed with 156, while also finishing ahead of the Bullpups were Hutchinson (153), Emporia (152), Kansas City Turner (124) and Maize (106). MHS scored 102 points and finished ahead of such teams as Lansing and Junction City, both state powers.
Tim Prescott was MHS’ top finisher, making it to the finals at 119 before losing 7-4 to Lansing’s Bo Pursel, who is a two-time state champion, according to Settle.
“He’s the kid we’ll probably have to beat to win it (at state), Settle said.
Prescott got down early, but was in control in the third period. The early deficit proved to be too much to overcome, but Settle said his wrestler learned a lot from the match should they ever meet again.
Three Bullpups wound up taking third, including Beau Johnson at 125, Zach Lanning at 215 and Taylor Krier at heavyweight. Cole Luttig was sixth at 135 after losing a coin flip for fifth and sixth. A wrestler can only compete in five matches during a day and Luttig had reached his limit.
The tourney was the last for the Bullpups, as they now head into the Christmas break.
“This was a good tournament for us. We learned a lot and we have much to work on,” Settle said. “We’re looking forward to a little break and then coming back Jan. 6 with a double dual at Newton with Hutchinson. Newton is really strong and Hutchinson finished ahead of us here (at Emporia).”
MHS records:
103 -- MHS was open
112 -- Kaden Kretzer, 0-2
119 -- Tim Prescott, 3-1, 2nd
125 -- Beau Johnson, 4-1, 3rd
130 -- Troy Crane, 1-2
135 -- Cole Luttig, 3-2, 6th
140 -- Jose Gloria, 2-2
145 -- Matt Anderson, 1-2
152 -- Travis Steenson, 1-2
160 -- Dustin Schafer, 0-2
171 -- Jordan Sponsel, 1-2
189 -- Dalton Clark, 0-2
215 -- Zach Lanning, 4-1, 3rd
HWT -- Taylor Krier, 3-1, 3rd
Season Records
112 -- Kaden Kretzer, 2-2
119 -- Tim Prescott, 5-1
125 -- Beau Johnson, 6-1
130 -- Troy Crane, 3-2
135 -- Cole Luttig, 3-4
140 -- Jose Gloria, 3-3
145 -- Matt Anderson, 1-4
152 -- Travis Steenson, 2-3
160 -- Dustin Schafer, 1-3
171 -- Jordan Sponsel, 1-4
189 -- Dalton Clark, 2-2
215 -- Zach Lanning, 6-1
HWT -- Taylor Krier, 4-2