Bullpup Wrestlers Place Sixth In TOC

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Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.

NEWTON— The McPherson High School wrestling team may not have a first-place winner individually, but out of 33 teams, the Bullpups finished sixth in the Tournament of Champions in Newton over the weekend.

Finishing ahead McPherson was Goddard High School, a Class 5A Champion last season, was the top school in the TOC with 213 1/2 points.  Blue Valley Southwest High School finished second with 190, Maize High School had 183 1/2 and both Olathe South High School beat Washburn Rural High School had 159, but Olathe South was ahead by a half.

Rhett Edmonson was the top wrestler as he was placed second in the 145-pound class. After winning three straight matches, he fell to Brandon Maddonof Blue Valley Southwest, 4-0. Landon Frantz took third in his weight class. After losing his first match to Trey Wilson of Seneca High School, he bounced back with six straight wins, including a 4-2 victory over Tyler Allen of Derby High School. Mason Thrash took fourth at 220 with a 4-2 record.  Kourtney Craig was seventh at 182, and Devin Frantz was placed eighth at 160.

Jonah Clarke, who was the remaining undefeated wrestler left for McPherson, had a disappointing weekend as he fell in the second round to Seth Nitze of BV Southwest and then to Matthew Morrell of Bishop Carroll High School in the consolation round.

The Bullpups will move on to their next tournament when they compete in the Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic in Hays.

Final Results:

106

Treyton Pelnar, 1-2

113

Brock Burgess, 1-2

120 

Lorenzo Cruzen, 2-2

126

Jace Anderson, 0-2

132 

Collin Pearson, 2-2

138 

Landon Crews, 1-2

145

Rhett Edmonson, 3-1, 2nd

152 

Nate Rogers, 0-2

160 

Devin Frantz, 4-3, 8th

170 

Jonah Clarke, 1-2

182

Kourtney Craig, 4-2, 7th

195

Landon Frantz, 6-1, 3rd

220 

Mason Thrash, 4-2, 4th

285 

Jonah Scott, 2-2

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