McPherson High’ School’s Kaden Kretzer went 1-1 on the first day of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Salina Bicentennial Center, ensuring he stays alive for day two.
Kretzer, a senior, won his first match of the day against Bonner Spring’s DJ Ballard at 120 pounds with a pin at the 50 second mark of the match.
In the championship quarterfinals, though, he ran into Andale’s Tyler Mies, who carried a 33-4 record into the state meet. Mies pinned Kretzer in 27 seconds.
Kretzer (26-7) will face Tyler Sharp of Fort Scott High School when the action resumes this morning.
The other two Bullpups who competed Friday at the state tournament didn’t fare as well.
Senior Ethan Fowler went 0-2 on the day at 138 pounds, though he put up a whale of a fight in both contests. He was pinned in 5:41 by Fort Scott’s Victor Hughes in the opening round, then was pinned again by Cory White of Augusta in 4:21.
Junior TJ Stites was defeated by a 12-1 majority decision in his first match against Blake Lewis of Spring Hill. Stites was then pinned by Brett Hamilton of Augusta in 3:56.
Andale is leading the overall competition with 44.5 points after the first day of competition. Smoky Valley is sitting in 11th with 25 team points.
A tournament already plagued by delays will have another today, as the KSHSAA pushed back the start time to 10 a.m.