McPherson High School girls wrestling team left Fredonia with a first-place finish this past weekend. As a result, they have been awarded Team of the Week from the McPherson Sentinel.

"I’m proud of our girls. They love to wrestle.They love to practice and get better," head coach Doug Kretzer said. "They are such a fun group of kids. I’m glad that they have been rewarded for their hard work by earning team of the week."

The Lady Pups went into the tournament full of confidence, and with high expectations. It was as if that each of them knew they were going to compete in the finals and winning a medal. According to Coach Kretzer, it was part of the reason why the team won.

"It was Our belief in ourselves. It started when we stepped off the bus, carried over to when we walked in the gym, through warm ups and into the competition," Kretzer said. "We were on a mission.  Our girls expected to dominate from whistle to whistle.  When your team has that mindset, you know it’s going to be a good day."

Five Bullpups won gold, finishing first in their weight class. That includes Coach Mya Kretzer at 126, Kaleigh Marbut at 120, Haley Schafer at 138, Holli Giddings at 152 and Madison Skytte at 182. Riley Baker and Sailor Peterson both finished in the top three.

"We have a lot of girls that had a tremendous weekend," Kretzer said. "Riley Baker, Holli Giddings, and Madison Skytte really took their game to the next level this weekend. All three stepped up big time"

Mya Kretzer, who recently committed to Baker University last week, went 3-0 in her matches in the 126-pound weight class and was later named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Fredonia Tournament. It's just another accomplishment build on the senior's resume for McPherson.

"Mya is so solid as a wrestler and a leader," Coach Kretzer said. "She is a trailblazer. She continues to knock down walls for all the girls in the state. To win the OW by coaches vote with 28 brackets…half of them boys brackets, is just another example of how girls are proving in Kansas that they belong on the high school mat as much as the boys do. This is a great sport and I love that girls are reaping the rewards of it."

The Lady Pups will be back on the road this weekend as they will compete at another invitational at Wichita South High School on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

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