NEWTON — The McPherson High School wrestling team managed to get one wrestler through to the finals after the first day of competition in the 55th Newton Invitational Tournament of Champions Friday at Ravenscroft Gym.

McPherson ends the first day in eighth place out of 30 teams.

Arkansas City leads the field at 143, followed by Goddard at 126.5, Maize at 124.5, Washburn Rural at 116.5 and Derby at 109. McPherson has 86 points. All 13 wrestlers are still in competition today.

The Bullpups were led by Scott Radke at 160 pounds, who finished 3-0. After a first-round bye, Radke pinned Jake Brunton of Washburn Rural in the second period and claimed a third-period technical fall over Jashon Taylor of Dodge City.

In the semifinals, Radke edged previously unbeaten Malachi Karibo of Wichita South 23-1.

Radke is 23-0 and faces 22-1 Bubba Wilson of Manhattan.

Rhett Edmonson fell from the ranks of the unbeaten at 138 pounds. After a bye and a pair of wins, Edmonson was topped by Jace Fisher of Goddard 8-2.

Edmonson falls to 21-1, but still clinches a medal and competes today in the consolation semifinals.

Jonah Clark at 170 pounds, Kourtney Craig at 220 pounds and Alex Perkins at heavyweight each finished 2-1, falling in the quarterfinals.

Landon Frantz at 182 pounds and Mason Thrash at 182 pounds each finished 1-1, falling in the quarterfinals.

Clark, Frantz, Thrash, Craig and Scott each advance to the fourth consolation round.

Finishing the day 2-1 were Collin Pearson at 132 pounds, Neil Raymond at 152 pounds. Finishing 1-1 were Lorenzo Cruzen at 113 pounds, Mya Kretzer at 120 pounds and Landon Crews at 126 pounds.

An extra non-team scoring entry, heavyweight Jonah Scott finished 0-1, receiving two byes.

All will compete today in the third consolation round. McPherson was open at 106 and 145.

McPherson results

106 — Open.

113 — Lorenzo Cruzen (1-1): 1. L Clayton Kaufman New. JV 4-2 OT; C1. Bye; C2. W Dalton McDaniels Stil. 2:11.

120 — Mya Kretzer (1-1): 1. W Kyle Niblett WS 4-2; 2. L Kael Pappan Ark.C. 1:22; C2. W Bennett Blake Mai. 7-4.

126 — Landon Crews (1-1): 1. Bye; 2. L Hartwell Taylor Lea. 8-1; C2. W Ben Bluel OS 5-3.

132 — Collin Pearson (2-1): 1. W Colin Mertes WS 5:21; 2. L Aiden Campbell Mai. 3:57; C2. W Zared Salome And.Ct. 5-3.

138 — Rhett Edmonson (2-1): 1. Bye; 2. W Quentin Kirk VC 15-1 maj.dec.; QF. W Cayden Hughbanks Mai. 4-2; SF. L Jace Fisher Gdd. 8-2.

145 — Open.

152 — Neil Raymond (2-1): 1. W Drew Guerrero WE forfeit; 2. L Daron Island-Jones Man. 5:02; C2. W Jamie Gonzalez New. JV 2:20.

160 — Scott Radke (3-0): 1. Bye; 2. W Jake Brunton WR 2:24; QF. W Jashon Taylor DC 22-7 tech.fall (5:28); SF. W Malachi Karibo WS 7-6.

170 — Jonah Clarke (2-1): 1. W Will Balandran And. 2:12; 2. W Chase Allen Lea. 16-1 tech.fall (3:48); QF. L Cade Lindsey Der. 1:36.

182 — Landon Frantz (1-1): 1. Bye; 2. W Lynauz Cox MS 15-5 maj.dec.; QF. L Kyle Haas Mai. :15.

195 — Mason Thrash (1-1): 1. Bye; 2. W Jarek Braden OS 5:06; QF. L Preston Williams WR 3:36.

220 — Kourtney Craig (2-1): 1. Uriah Flinn Stil. 1:56; 2. W Whitney Hall Emp. 5-1; QF. L Wyatt Hendrickson New. 1:08.

HWT — Alex Perkins (2-1): 1. W Grant Durman Sen. 3:09; 2. W Anthony Garcia Lea. :45; QF. L Evan Darville DC 6-1.

HWT — Jonah Scott (0-1, non-scoring entry): 1. Bye; 2. L Tony Caldwell VC 2:38; C2. Bye.