Bullpup wrestlers finish second in Colby Tournament

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By Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.

COLBY—The McPherson High School boys wrestling team made quite an impression at the Colby Invitational over the weekend. Enough for the Bullpups to fight their way to the Championship round on Saturday.

“We had a great tournament,” Head Coach Doug Kretzer said. “I’m really proud of the team and how we competed.  Great team effort.  Big win’s versus Wray Colorado and Colby.  Lost a heartbreaker against Dodge City.”

The Bullpups ran through their team opponents from the Colorado and Nebraska area, finishing 6-1 in the tournament. However, the streak ended in the finals where they fall to Dodge City High School, 48-24, earning the Bullpups a second-place finish.

Landon Frantz, at 195,  won the Outstanding Wrestler award for not only going undefeated at 7-0, but he also pinned both the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Class 3A and 5A. Jonah Clarke (170) and Mason Thrash (220) also went undefeated in their weight class. Treyton Pelnar, (106), Rhett Edmonson (145) and Kourtney Craig (182) finished 6-1 in their matches.

“Outstanding performances by Landon Frantz, Jonah Clarke, and Mason Thrash who won all their bouts,” Kretzer said. “Hopefully, we can carry the momentum through this week against Augusta on Thursday and into the Abilene Tournament on Saturday.”

 

Final Scores:

MHS 72 Oakley 6

MHS 49 Lexington (Neb.) 18

MHS 62 Pine Creek (Colo.) 12

MHS 60 Hays 12

MHS 39 Wray (Colo.) 29

MHS 38 Colby 24

Dodge City 48 MHS 24

MHS Records:

106

Treyton Pelnar, 6-1

113

Tucker Pelnar, 4-1

120

Lorenzo Cruzen, 3-4

126

Jace Anderson, 1-6

132

Collin Pearson, 5-2

138

Landon Crews, 5-2

145

Rhett Edmonson, 6-1

152 

Nate Rogers, 1-4

152 

Javon Clemmons, 0-2

160

Devin Frantz, 4-3

170

Jonah Clarke, 7-0

182

Kourtney Craig, 6-1

195 

Landon Frantz, 7-0

220

Mason Thrash, 7-0

285 

Jonah Scott, 4-3

Lady Pups have four wrestlers take first in Great Bend

GREAT BEND— While the boys were at Colby, the girls competed in the Great Bend for an invitational. The Lady Pups left Great Bend High School with four first-place finishes.

Natalie Hedlund (101, B), Kaleigh Marbut (123), Haley Schafer ( 143)  and Holli Giddings (155) each won gold in their weight class. Schafer, Marbut and Giddings were undefeated in their matches at 5-0, while Hedlund only had one loss.

The junior varsity team also competed in Great Bend. Ryder Peterson was the top performer as he was 5-0 in his matches and was only one with a first-place finish. Connor McVicker finished second at the 285 weight class. Gavin Jones (170), Brock Burgess (113) and Colton Rausch 106, a) each finished third in their weight class.

Girls Varsity Results:

101 A

Riley Baker, 2-2, 5th

101 B 

Natalie Hedlund, 4-1, 1st

116 B 

Braelynn Patterson, 2-3, 4th

123

Kaleigh Marbut, 5-0, 1st

130 A

Catalina Palacios, 2-2, 4th

130 B

MaKenzie Fors, 2-2, 3rd

136 A

Jessica Kelling, 0-5, 6th

136 B 

Cara Hubenett, 1-3, 4th

143

Haley Schafer, 5-0, 1st

155 

Holli Giddings, 5-0, 1st

170

Brittani Burgess, 1-4, 7th

170

Trinity Webster, 0-5, 8th

191 

Madison Skytte, 2-2, 5th

Junior Varsity Results:

106 A

Colton Rausch, 2-2, 3rd

113 

Brock Burgess, 4-1, 3rd

126

Skylar Lockard, 2-2, 4th

138

Gavin Richardson, 2-2, 5th

160

Caden Burris, 3-1, 2nd

160

Jaytin Gumm, 2-3, 6th

170

Gavin Jones, 3-2, 3rd

182 A 

Curtis Landrum, 2-2, 5th

195

Ryder Peterson, 5-0, 1st

285 

Bo Bacon, 0-4, 8th / Conner McVicker, 3-1, 2nd

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