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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups' Kretzer takes fourth at state

  • McPherson High School's Kaden Kretzer closed out his high school wrestling career on a medal platform Saturday at the Salina Bicentennial Center, taking fourth at 120 pounds.
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  • McPherson High School's Kaden Kretzer closed out his high school wrestling career on a medal platform Saturday at the Salina Bicentennial Center, taking fourth at 120 pounds.
    Kretzer went 4-2 for the tournament, with his only two losses coming to Andale's Tyler Mies; the first coming in a pin in 27 seconds in the championship quarterfinals Friday and then the second by a 13-1 majority decision in the third place match Saturday.
    "Four of (Kaden's) seven losses on the year came to Mies," MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. "Meis is just a tough match up for him. We come up with a game plan every time and he just goes right through it."
    Outside of the Mies matches, though, Kretzer was pleased with Kaden's performance, as he went 3-1 on Saturday.
    Kaden defeated Fort Scott's Tyler Sharp, who had been ranked second in the state going into regionals, with a 9-4 decision in the second round of the consolation bracket.
    Kretzer followed that up with a 23 second pin of Osawatomie's Brendon Chrisjohn in the third round. He then pinned Mulvane's Blake Cusick in the consolation semifinals in 2:31 to set up the third place rematch with Mies.
    The fourth place finish was doubly special for Doug Kretzer, as he was able to award his son the medal on the podium.
    "The coaches were told we could present the medals if we wanted to," Kretzer said. "I knew as soon as they said that I was going to. I'm just really proud of him. He's had a fantastic career."
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