Tim Prescott and Taylor Krier certainly have themselves in position to give retiring McPherson High wrestling coach Rich Settle a state champion in his final tournament.
Prescott and Krier are seeded high for the Class 5A event that gets under way Friday at Wichita’s Hartman Arena, a new venue this year.
Prescott, at 119 pounds, was second in the state as a freshman and third last year. He’s 17-1, the only loss coming to Lansing’s Bo Pursel, who is 32-1 and the favorite from the other side of the bracket.
“He (Prescott) didn’t wrestle his match (last time against Pursel),” Settle said. “This time he has a game plan. He’s very focused.”
Prescott does have a potential roadblock in the form of Tyler Dryden of Kapaun, who is 40-1.
“He’s a good kid,” Settle said of Dryden, noting that Prescott will be focused on the match at hand.
Krier, 27-6, figures to have as good a chance as anybody at heavyweight, as there’s no dominant favorite. Shawnee Heights’ Derek Holley (31-4) and Emporia’s Nic Dikin (17-11) are contenders, while Pittsburg’s Broc Bennett (34-3) and Valley Center’s Jake Weldon (27-11) are other possibilities.
“He’s really come on this year,” Settle said of Krier. “The division looks to be wide open.”
Here’s a breakdown of MHS’ other entries:
112 -- Kaden Kretzer -- Kretzer, 24-13, has a tough customer in the first round in Kapaun’s Paul Suhr (30-4). Newton’s Quenton Harrison (28-4) also is on Kretzer’s side. Great Bend’s Chris Burley (30-4) is probably the wrestler to beat on the other side.
125 -- Beau Johnson -- Johnson has overcome injuries to finish 15-8 and drew Mill Valley’s Ryan Hodges (26-13) in the first round.  Andover’s Jake Gentzler (32-1) is on Johnson’s side of the bracket, while the headliner from the other half of the draw is Kapaun’s Lucas Maki (39-2), though Aquinas’ Tommy Williams (31-4) can’t be counted out.
130 -- Troy Crane -- Crane (14-15) should probably be at 125, as he’s an undersized 130-pounder. The weight class appears to be open, as there are no outstanding records on Crane’s side, the best being 29-10. The title appears to be Gardner-Edgerton’s TJ Stokes’ to lose, as he’s 39-2.
135 -- Cole Luttig -- Luttig, 17-14, goes up against Turner’s Chris John (25-12)?in his opener. Pittsburg’s Aaron Seybold (36-5) is the probable favorite on Luttig’s side, while there are a number of possibilities on the other side, including Newton’s Miles John (33-4) and Wichita West’s Antonie Bannister (31-3).
145 -- Travis Steeson -- Steenson, 15-16, was a second-place regional finisher and gets Shawnee Heights’ Marshall Hall (19-5) as a first-round opponent. Hays’ Preston Weigel (38-2) is on the other side of the bracket and regarded as the man to beat.