It was payback time for McPherson High’s Tim Prescott.
MHS’ 119-pounder battled all the way back through the loser’s bracket Saturday to avenge a loss that perhaps cost him a shot at a state wrestling title.
Prescott, who on Friday was pinned by Blue Valley Southwest’s Geof Wright, turned the tables on his tormentor in Saturday’s Class 5A third-place match with a 10-3 victory.
Prescott ran the gauntlet on Saturday, going 4-0 to finish third in the state for the second year in a row, to go along with a runner-up finish from his freshman year.
“I was very impressed with how Timmy came back,” MHS coach Rich Settle said. “I know he was disappointed (on Friday), but he’s second, third and third and a three-time state placer with one year to go.”
It was a good day for the Bullpups, as heavyweight Taylor Krier took fourth and 112-pounder Kaden Kretzer was fifth, as the Bullpups sent the retiring Settle out with three state medalists.
“Kretzer did a really good job,” Settle said. “To beat a No. 1 seed in the first round and then win his second one, that’s quite an accomplishment. I thought Krier did well, considering it was his first time and he was a junior varsity wrestler last year. He learned a lot.”
Kretzer, who lost in Friday’s semis, lost his first match Saturday, but then pinned P.J. Cheney of Turner for fifth place. Krier advanced to the third-place match with a victory in his first match Saturday, then lost 2-1 to Zach Callahan of Mill Valley for third.
MHS wound up in the middle of the team standings with 56 1/2 points for 15th. AVCTL Division II member Andover  Central was the state champion with 156 1/2 points, with Shawnee Heights (116 1/2) and Kapaun (114) also earning plaques.
As for the other Bullpups, Beau Johnson at 125 and Cole Luttig at 135 went 1-1 on the day, while Travis Steenson lost his only match at 152. Johnson and Luttig just barely lost in matches to get them into the medal round.
Whomever takes over for Settle next year should have a tremendous nucleus, as Luttig was the only senior among MHS’ state qualifiers.
“We took seven kids and placed three,” Settle said. “I thought we did pretty well. We’ll have six state qualifiers and three placers back next year.”
It was an emotional time for Settle, as he capped a nearly 30-year Bullpup coaching career that figures to someday land him on the MHS Wall of Fame, as he produced numerous state champions as well as outstanding young men on and off the mat.
“There were a lot of ‘last times’ this weekend,” he said. “It meant a lot to me. I’m going to miss it.”
Saturday’s Results:
112 -- Kaden Kretzer -- lost by a fall to Arnold (Hays); pinned Cheney (Turner).
119 -- Tim Prescott -- won 7-2 over Roberts (Great Bend), won by technical fall over Ikenberry (Aquinas); won 4-2 over Eastman (Ark City); won 10-3 over Wright (Blue Valley Southwest).
125 -- Beau Johnson  -- won by technical fall over Berends (Gardner-Edgerton); lost 4-2 to Burley (Great Bend).
135 -- Cole Luttig -- won 7-5 over Walter (Lansing); lost 6-4 to Lee (Andover Central).
145 -- Travis Steenson -- lost 7-5 to Dugan (Carroll).
HWT -- Taylor Krier -- won 5-2 over Weldon (Valley Center); lost 2-1 to Callahan (Mill Valley).