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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups’ Kretzer to wrestle for Neosho County

  • McPherson High wrestling standout Kaden Kretzer signed with Neosho County Community College Wednesday in the hopes of finding the same success as a Panther that he had as a Bullpup.
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  • McPherson High wrestling standout Kaden Kretzer signed with Neosho County Community College Wednesday in the hopes of finding the same success as a Panther that he had as a Bullpup.
    Kretzer said former MHS teammate Tim Prescott helped him make the decision to wrestle for Neosho.
    “(Prescott) liked it a lot out there,” Kretzer said. “He was an All-American this last year, so I think it will be really good for us to be on the same team again.”
    Kretzer joins Neosho as one of the most decorated Bullpups in the program’s history. He racked up 94 total career wins as a varsity wrestler and is a two-time state placer, taking fifth in 2011 and fourth this past February.
    He was also a two-time AVCTL League champion, a two-time Olympic-style state placer (third Greco, fourth Free Style) and was the 2009 Brute Nationals All-American.
    Not only that, but Kretzer holds the MHS school records for single season near-falls (81, 2011), career near-falls (165) and technical falls (11, 2011).
    Kretzer is also ranked 20th All-Time in Kansas history for technical falls in a single season.
    Kretzer is aiming to wrestle at either 125 or 133 pounds.
    “I’ll need to get my weight down a little bit,” Kretzer said. “I’m a little heavy right now, but that shouldn’t be a big deal. A lot of it will fall off right away.”
    MHS coach Doug Kretzer said Kaden Kretzer will see a lot of great competition as a Panther.
    “Kansas is kind of a hot bed for Juco wrestling,” he said. “You’ve got four teams in the state of Kansas that are ranked in the top 10 teams in the nation.”
    Neosho finished 13th out of 40 teams that competed in the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament in February. Sophomore Le’Roy Barnes took the national championship at 133 pounds, while Prescot finished fifth at 125.
    Kretzer said he plans on majoring in a technical field, mentioning carpentry as a possibility.
    He is the son of Doug and Sydni Kretzer.
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