It was a busy few days before the Thanksgiving break for the McPherson Middle School wrestlers as they competed at the Salina South Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 17 and then spent Tuesday, Nov. 20 battling Newton and Hutchinson Middle Schools in a dual meet at home.

At the Salina South Invitational the Junior Pup grapplers finished off the day 1-2 after being paired off to compete with Junction City, Chapman and Great Bend.

Against Junction City, six Pups scored wins as they took a 60-39 loss, while against Chapman they won 12 of 13 matches to scored the 72-24 victory. McPherson closed out the invitational with a 69-25 loss to Great Bend. Treyton and Tucker Pelnar as well as Landon Thompson finished the day unbeaten with each picking up three victories.

“Overall I thought we wrestled well,” Head Coach Ryan Martin when reflecting on the Salina Invitational noted. “Junction City and Great Bend had some really tough kids and we had some real battles. Our experienced wrestlers won most of their matches while our younger kids ran into some experienced kids and had some tough matches. The team scores for these two duals do not necessarily reflect how we wrestled. We have six open weights and that equates to 36 team points. If you look at the matches we won versus lost, we beat Junction City 7-6 and lost to Great Bend 6-7. We are right there against both teams, we have good numbers of kids, just all of them are smaller weights. I wish we had a kid at each weight, but this is how it works. Our other dual against Chapman, we almost ran the table. It was really fun, kids who had not won a match got their hands raised for the first time. The crowd was excited and I think our kids were pumped that we had so much success.”

In the triangular with Newton and Hutchinson, the Pups lost a four-point heartbreaker to Newton, 46-42, before bouncing back to beat Hutchinson 53-33. Six McPherson wrestlers won matches in both meets including Colton Rausch, Treyton Pelnar, Brock Burgess, Tucker Pelnar, Gavin Richardson and Landon Thompson.

“Our first and only home dual was a success,” Coach Martin added. Again, we gave up team points due to open weights, we won more matches against Newton, 7-6, and 10-3 against Hutchinson. Unfortunately, we lost to Newton by four points due to the open weights. Head-to-head, we were pretty tough, I was excited to see all the people at the dual. There were times I do not think the kids could hear our coaches and I because of the crowd noise.”

Coach Martin concluded his reflections by saying, “We had some really exciting overtime matches, with Gavin Richardson winning 8-6 in overtime as I think I lost my voice. Caden Burris also had a super tough overtime match where he lost 6-8, but he has been getting better with every match. Our junior varsity was also in action. Against Newton we only had four matches, but I thought the kids did a good job. Hunter Wilson won her first match ever 4-0. Against Hutchinson we had plenty of matches, we had four kids who wrestled for the first time. Not everyone won their match, but it is great to see the kids coming out and trying the sport. It will be fun to see these young kids develop and learn more about the sport. We will have a junior varsity tournament coming up and hopefully they get plenty of matches.”

Individual Results at Salina Invitational:

85 – Colton Rausch went 2-1

90 – Treyton Pelnar went 3-0

95 – Brock Burgess went 2-1

100 – Hayden Farley went 2-1

105 – Tucker Pelnar went 3—0

110 – Kale French went 2-1

115 – Christian Mattox went 2-1

120 – Gavin Richardson went 1-2

127 – Joel Eilert went 1-2

134 – Landon Thompson went 3-0

141 – Caden Burris went 1-2

180 – Carter Spotted Elk went 1-2

215 – Conner McVicker went 2-1.

Individual Results vs. Newton & Hutchinson:

85 – Colton Rausch won by fall, won by fall

90 – Treyton Pelnar won by fall, won by technical fall 18-3

95 – Brock Burgess won by forfeit, won by fall

100 – Hayden Farley lost by fall, won by fall

105 – Tucker Pelnar won by fall, won by fall

110 – Kaden Harold lost by decision, lost by fall

115 – Christian Mattox lost by fall, won by fall

120 – Gavin Richardson won by fall, won 8-6

127 – Joel Eilert lost by fall, won 5-1

134 – Landon Thompson won by fall, won by fall

141 – Caden Burris won by fall, lost 6-8

180 – Carter Spotted Elk lost by fall, lost by fall

215 – Conner McVicker lost by fall, won by fall

Junior Varsity Results vs. Newton:

127 – Brayden Blankenship won by fall

127 – Hunter Wilson won by decision

180 – Carter Spotted Elk lost 0-14

215 – Conner McVicker lost 0-1

Junior Varsity Results vs. Hutchinson:

90 – Katherine Cloutre lost by fall

90 – Ethan Lindsheid won 6-2

100 – McKenzie Kagle lost by fall

100 – Samantha Ramirez lost by fall

105 – Kinsley Lackey won by fall

105 – Brenden Givens lost by fall

110 – Jordyn Hancock won by fall

120 – Kelly Blankenship lost by fall

120 – Josh Wehrman lost by fall

127 – Brayden Blankenship won by fall

127 – McKenzie Fors won by fall

127 – Hunter Wilson won by fall

180 – Carter Spotted Elk lost 0-6

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