McPherson High’s Tim Prescott is stamping himself as perhaps the man to beat in Class 4A’s 120-pound division.
Prescott won the championship in his weight class at Saturday’s Emporia Invitational, which featured seven ranked teams.
Prescott won his championship match 10-8 after being down early, 5-2. He scored a last-second takedown to win.
Prescott was one of seven Bullpups to place, and MHS took fifth in the team standings.
“The team wrestled well,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “This was a very tough tournament. I was very pleased with our performance. The outstanding competition provided insight to what we need to work on during the Christmas break to prepare for the second half of the season.”
Junction City won the title, with Pittsburg, Topeka Seaman and Emporia also ahead of the Bullpups. Pittsburg, like MHS, is a ranked Class 4A school, so it gave Kretzer somewhat of an idea of what to expect down the road.
Three Bullpups took second place, including Kaden Kretzer at 126, Taylor Krier at 195 and Zach Lanning at heavyweight, a division that included six ranked wrestlers. Coach Kretzer said all three wrestled outstanding and were matched against highly-ranked wrestlers in the finals.
Dalton Clark at 182 and Andrew Archer at 220 took fourth place, while Travis Steenson rounded out the Bullpups’ placers by taking fifth at 170.
Kretzer added that Troy Crane and Jordan Sponsel needed just one more win to medal.
The Bullpups are now off until Jan. 5 when they compete at Hutchinson, with Newton the third team in the triangular.
Here are the MHS records:
120 -- Tim Prescott, 3-0, 1st. 126 -- Kaden Kretzer, 3-1, 2nd. 132 -- Troy Crane, 2-2. 145 -- Todd Graber, 1-2. 152 -- Ethan Fowler, 0-2. 160 -- Jordan Sponsel, 2-2. 170 -- Travis Steenson, 3-2, 5th. 182 -- Dalton Clark, 3-2, 4th. 195 -- Taylor Krier, 2-1, 2nd. 220 -- Andrew Archer, 2-2, 4th. 285 -- Zach Lanning, 3-1, 2nd.
MHS was open at 106, 113 and 138.