Going up against 24 other teams and wrestling without one of their top wrestlers, the McPherson High wrestling team still managed to gain an eighth-place finish on Saturday in the two-day, Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic Wrestling Tournament in Hays.
The eighth-place finish with 111 team points, helped the Bullpup grapplers place just ahead of host Hays, who had 102, but just a hair behind Salina Central who finished with 111.5.
St. Thomas Aquinas took the team title by rolling up 156 points, with Garden City coming in second with 145.5. Rounding out the top six were Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, Hoisington, Haysville/Campus and Pratt.
Individually, the Bullpups were competing without their top wrestler in Rhett Edmonson, who was out sick, but did have Scott Radke at 152 pounds, who continued his outstanding wrestling by gaining a first-place finish while knocking off several wrestlers who were ranked in the top-10 of their class rankings. Radke took the title with an ultimate tie-breaker victory over Christopher Ball of Hoisington who came into the meet ranked number one in Class 3A-2A-1A.
“We finished in the upper third of the teams out in Hays,” noted Bullpup head coach Doug Kretzer. “I thought we wrestled hard. Scott (Radke) continues to wrestle at a very high level as he knocked off a couple of guys ranked in the top-10 all class rankings to bring home the title.”
Also gaining top four places for the Bullpups in the tournament were Brynton Crews at 138 and Bailey Yarborough at 195, who both finished third, and Landon Crews who finished fourth at 113. Mason Thrash battled hard and placed sixth at 170.
About the other Bullpup placers, Coach Kretzer added, “Brynton and Landon Crews, Bailey Yarborough and Mason Thrash all placed in this tough tournament. It was special nice to see Mason (Thrash) grind out a couple of tough wins this weekend and earn a medal.”
Next up for the McPherson wrestlers will be on Thursday, January 25, when they travel to Augusta for a dual with the Orioles.
“Augusta will be a tough dual,” Kretzer said. “At Hays, we were without Rhett (Edmonson) due to sickness, but we should have him back for Thursday. Fingers are crossed that everyone is healthy this week. This dual will be a factor in our hunt to win a league title.”
Bullpup Individual Results:
106 – Mya Kretzer (15-8) finished 1-2, scored 1 team point.
113 – Landon Crews (19-10) finished 3-2, placed 4th, scored 18 team points.
d Place Match - Drew Liles (Great Bend) 24-3 won by decision over Landon Crews (McPherson) 19-10 (Dec 7-0)
126 – EJ Kretzer (15-15) finished 2-2, scored 4 team points.
132 – Seth Morgan (12-13) finished 1-2, scored 3 team points.
138 – Brynton Crews (25-6) finished 4-1, placed 3rd, scored 15 team points.
3rd Place Match - Brynton Crews (McPherson) 25-6 won by decision over Alec McCuan (Haysville Campus) 8-3 (Dec 6-1)
145 – Jonah Clarke (15-8) finished 0-2.
152 – Scott Radke (27-2) finished 4-0, placed 1st, scored 26 team points.
1st Place Match - Scott Radke (McPherson) 27-2 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Christopher Ball (Hoisington) 27-1 (UTB 2-2)
160 – Garrett Rausch (2-2) finished 1-2.
170 – Mason Thrash (14-15) finished 3-3, placed 6th, scored 13 team points.
5th Place Match - Zac Schneider (Ellsworth) 16-6 won by decision over Mason Thrash (McPherson) 14-15 (Dec 8-3)
182 – Luke Thompson (16-11) finished 2-2, scored 5 team points.
195 – Bailey Yarborough (21-4) finished 4-1, placed 3rd, scored 20 team points.
3rd Place Match - Bailey Yarborough (McPherson) 21-4 won by decision over Hunter Huber (Pratt) 18-12 (Dec 5-1)
220 – Kourtney Craig (15-11) finished 1-2, scored 2 team points.
285 – Wayne Hitt (9-5) finished 2-2, scored 4 team points.
St. Thomas Aquinas 156, Garden City 145.5, Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 131, Hoisington 125, Haysville/Campus 122, Pratt 121.5, Salina Central 111.5, McPherson 111, Hays 102, Spring Hill 92, Great Bend 78, Phillipsburg 70.5, Goodland 64.5, Riley County 61.5, Oakley 57, Lakin 54, Hugoton 50, Buhler 48, Larned 45, Trego Community 43, Ulysses 29, Ellsworth 13, Ellis 6, Thomas More Prep 5.5, Russell 0.