ABILENE — Saturday at the Abilene Invitational, the McPherson High School wrestling team showed its ability to compete at a high level in tournaments.
The Bullpups are already 10-1 in dual matches this season, but Saturday’s invitational provided the first look at the Bullpups in a tournament setting this year. With three gold medals and 10 top-five finishes, the Bullpups are heading into Christmas break with momentum.
Two Bullpups in particular — Rhett Edmonson and Scott Radke — have all the confidence in the world.
Edmonson (120) and Radke (152) are now 14-0 this season after both taking first place in their respective weight classes on Saturday.
Edmonson received a bye in the first round before winning four straight matches with ease. The sophomore was hardly challenged en route to the championship, winning the first-place match over Salina Central’s Julion Falco, 12-2.
Radke was also dominant, but received a stiff test in the second round. He defeated Abilene’s Nick Brooks with a pin in the second period. Radke finished the tournament with a 24-9 win over Caleb Jeanneret of Santa Fe Trail in the championship.
Not to be outdone by his teammates, Brynton Crews also finished the tournament with a championship win. Crews, who is now 12-2 on the year at 138, won four of his five matches by fall, while his other win was a 16-0 technical fall in the semifinals.
Bailey Yarborough impressed at 195, going 4-1 for second place. Yarborough won his four matches by fall, excluding a win by medical forfeit in the third round, before running into top-ranked Trey Hoerner of Abilene in the championship match.
Hoerner, the defending state champion at 182, defeated Yarborough by fall in the third period.
Landon Crews finished third at 113, Mason Thrash finished third at 170, EJ Kretzer finished fourth at 126, Jonah Clarke finished fourth at 145, and Luke Thompson finished fourth at 182.
As a team, the Bullpups scored 183 points for third place behind Pratt and Salina Central.
McPherson High is next in action on Jan. 4 against Circle at home.
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