McPherson High’s Tim Prescott and Taylor Krier will be seeded in the top four of their respective weight classes after they captured regional wrestling championships Saturday.
In all, seven Bullpups advanced on to Wichita for the Class 5A State Tournament, which begins Friday morning at yet another new venue, Hartman Arena.
It was a mixed bag day for the Bullpups, who had some wrestlers get through that they didn’t maybe expect, while others expected to get in did not.
MHS scored 106 1/2 points to take fifth, trailing Hays (170 1/2), Great Bend (153), Newton (145 1/2) and Valley Center (109). Behind MHS were Salina South (72 1/2), Liberal (69) and Salina Central (25).
Both Prescott and Krier had little trouble. Prescott, at 119, had a first-round bye, then won both of his matches handily, including a 15-4 verdict over Hays’ Derek Stiles in the finals.
Krier, at heavyweight, won by a pair of falls, then dominated Hays’ Luke Madden 7-2 in the title match.
MHS coach Rich Settle said Prescott is regarded as the No. 2 seed at state, as he’s opposite of Lansing’s top-ranked Bo Pursel.
Krier also gets one of the top four seeds at heavyweight by being a regional champion, meaning he faces a fourth-place state finisher in the first round.
Travis Steenson, at 145, was MHS’ other finalist, losing by a fall to Preston Weigel of Hays.
Beau Johnson at 125 and Cole Luttig at 135 were third-place finishers, while Troy Crane at 130 and Kaden Kretzer at 112 took fourth, both punching their state ticket.
Also competing on the day, but not qualifying, were Dustin Schafer at 152, Aaron Elsasser at 160, Jordan Sponsel at 171, Dustin Clark at 189 and Zach Lanning at 215. Settle had hoped for Clark and Lanning to get through, but both were in tough divisions and lost in their match to advance.