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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • County grapplers make state cut

  • McPherson High and Smoky Valley High School both are sending wrestlers to the Class 4A state wrestling tournament this weekend after impressive showings at regionals Friday and Saturday at Abilene High School.
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  • McPherson High and Smoky  Valley High School both are sending wrestlers to the Class 4A state wrestling tournament this weekend after impressive showings at regionals Friday and Saturday at Abilene High School.
    The Bullpups will be represented by seniors Kaden Kretzer and Ethan Fowler and junior TJ Stites.
    Kretzer advanced at 120 pounds after going 4-1 over the weekend at regionals. He finished third in the tournament, defeated Topeka Hayden’s Simon Munoz by technical fall in the consolation finals.
    Stites also finished third place, going 4-1 at 145 pounds. He took a 4-2 decision over Royal Valley’s Bryce Golightley the consolation finals.
    Fowler got in by virtue of his fourth place finish with a record of 3-2 at 138. He was pinned in the third place match by Colby’s Macen Shull at the 4:07 mark.
    Todd Graber and Collin Baldwin finished out the tournament with 2-2 records at 152 and 160 pounds, respectively. Bullpups finishing with 1-2 records were Alex Boswell (126), Dalton Taylor (1-2), Kaleb Jost (170) and Travis Steenson (182).
    Smoky Valley will be sending five Vikings to the state tournament Friday and Saturday at the Salina Bicentennial Center, including four first and second place finishers at regionals.
    Spencer Bird at 160 pounds and Trevor Whittaker at 170 both laid claim to first place Saturday. Bird defeated Holton’s Andrew Rieschick by a 5-2 decision, while Whittaker defeated Royal Valley’s Christian Ogden by a 14-3 major decision.
    Weston Loder went 3-1 on the weekend at 182, falling only in the first place match to Goodland’s Colton Cooper, who took a 6-4 decision.
    Tyler Peterson also took second at 195 pounds. He fell by a 6-4 decision to Concordia’s Skyler Hittle.
    Caleb Sare took third at regionals at 106 pounds and will be the fifth and final Viking representing Smoky Valley this weekend at state. He advanced with an injury default win over Goodland’s Tanner Gastineau.
    Smoky Valley ended up third in the team scores at the Abilene regionals with a total of 142 points. McPherson was in the middle of the pack at eight with 71.5 points. Colby was first with 196, followed by Holton with 177.
    The state tournament will get underway Friday morning at 10 a.m. with the first round. The consolation semifinals will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s mat time is 9 a.m.
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