COLBY — The Colby Invitational is always an exciting, but tough, test with seven dual matches in two days. The McPherson High School boys wrestling team had a successful weekend - led by Landon Frantz, Jonah Clarke, and Mason Trash - going 6-1 as a team for second place.
The Bullpups lost their final dual 48-24 to Dodge City, but were impressive as a team, and improved to 9-1 in duals this season.
Frantz was selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler after a big two days at 195. Not only was Frantz 7-0 in his matches, he also picked up wins over top-ranked Hagan Booi of Colby (3-2-1A) and Gavin Meyers of Hays (5A). Both of Frantz’s wins were by fall.
Clarke at 170 and Trash at 220 were also both 7-0. Additionally, Treyton Pelnar (106/113), Rhett Edmonson (145), and Kourtney Craig (182) all went 6-1, while Collin Pearson (132) and Landon Crews (138) were 5-2.
The Bullpups picked up wins against Oakley (72-6), Lexington (Neb., 49-18), Pine Creek (Colo., 62-12), Hays (60-12), Wray (Colo., 39-29), and Colby (38-24). Wray is currently ranked first in its Colorado classification while Colby is ranked second in 3-2-1A.
“In Colby, their town really turns out for wrestling, and the crowd was really involved when we wrestled Colby High. That dual was nip and tuck in a hostile environment. It was a big win,” McPherson High wrestling coach Doug Kretzer said. “The Dodge City dual was right after we defeated Colby and I think we were emotionally drained. We were flat against Doge. This was an important lesson for our team.”
Out of the 15 McPherson wrestlers, 11 finished above .500.
“Not only do we fill all 14 weight classes, which is critical to having a good dual team, we have a very solid wrestler in almost every weight,” Kretzer said. “These kids know how tough this team is and they really feed off each other. They are a very fun batch to coach.”
The Bullpups will seek their 10th dual win and second league win on Thursday at Augusta.
Four wrestlers take first for top-ranked Bullpup girls
GREAT BEND — The No. 1 ranked McPherson High School girls wrestling team sent 13 wrestlers to the Great Bend Invitational on Saturday. Three Bullpups had perfect 5-0 days while four total Bullpups took first place.
Kaleigh Marbut (123), Haley Schafer (143), and Holli Giddings (155) went 5-0 for first, and Natalie Hedlund (101B) was 4-1 for first as well.
“We have a lot of girls out which is great, but of those girls who are out, we have some of the best in the state,” Kretzer said. “Our new girls can look around the room and watch some of our high-level girls and see what it takes to get to that level. Hopefully it creates a cycle of development on our girls side.”
The girls are back in action on Friday at the Abilene Invitational.