Bullpup Wrestlers Win Back-to-Back League Duals


Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.

Photo Credit: Wilson Photography

It was senior night at the Auxiliary Gym for the McPherson High School wrestling team on Thursday night. With a successful turnout, the Bullpup wrestlers came away with two AVCTL Division-III wins over Winfield High School, 55-15 and Circle High School, 84-0.

All the seniors were honored before the dual and unsurprisingly, the gym was packed with McPherson supporters. McPherson’s first dual was against Winfield. After the Vikings won the first two matches, the Bullpups took over by winning the rest of the ten. Half of them were by pinfalls.

“Our seniors really showed up and wrestled with a lot of passion and four years this has been a tremendous class,” Head Coach Doug Kretzer said. “They took up both mats — you know — introduction, and I’m really proud of them. They got after it.”

Lorenzo Cruzen set the tone by shutting out Winfield’s Monte James, 12-0 in the 120-pound weight class. Collin Pearson, at 132, followed it up by pinning Andrew Konrade. The momentum kept building from there. Rhett Edmonson moved up to 152 to take on Chance Price, and in 1:05 seconds, Edmonson had Price in a cradle which resulted in a quick pin for the senior.

“Both were highly ranked wrestlers and both are state placers and medalists, and Rhett missing out last year, they would’ve wrestled each other last year and that would’ve been a huge effect in last year’s dual,” Kretzer said.

Jonah Clarke had a tough match up with Steele Morin at 170, but after earning an escape point, Clarke had Morin pinned and the crowd went wild for the senior.


In their next dual with Circle, the majority of the match scheduled were open with the Thunderbirds only traveled six wrestlers. Five matches ended by pinfalls led by Edmonson, Kourtney Craig, Landon Frantz, Mason Thrash and Jonah Scott.

The Bullpups will focus on the Rose Hill Invitational starting next Friday at 11 a.m.

Final Results


Colton Rausch 

lost by fall, Layton Topper  (Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Brock Burgess 

Lost by decision, Gunther Flower, 13-7 ( Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Lorenzo Cruzen

Won by decision, Monte James, 12-0 (Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Jase Anderson

Lost by fall, Braden Ledford (Winfield)

Injury Default (Circle)


Collin Pearson 

Won by fall, Andrew Konrade ( Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Landon Crews 

Won decision, Cody Benn, 3-1 (Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Gavin Richardson

Open (Winfield)

Rhett Edmonson

Won by fall, Jaquez Hill (Circle)


Rhett Edmonson

Won by fall, Chance Price (Winfield)


Devin Frantz

Won by decision, Trevin Biddle, 8-2  (Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Jonah Clarke 

Won by fall to Steele Morin (Winfield)

Open (Circle)


Kourtney Craig

Injury Default (Winfield)

Won by fall, Rylan Rose (Circle)


Landon Frantz 

Won by fall, Eli Lynch (Winfield)

Won by fall, Isaiah King (Circle)


Mason Thrash

Won by decision, Zach Phillps,10-5 (Winfield)

Won by fall, Tylar Cheek (Circle)


Jonah Scott

Won by fall, Jackson Angle, (Winfield)

Won by fall, Jon Vazquez (Circle)

Junior Varsity Results


Kaleigh Marbut, 2-0

Arianna Gross, 0-1


Skylar Lockard, 1-0


Holli Giddings, 2-0

Brittani Burgess, 1-0


Gavin Richardson, 1-0


Javon Clemons, 0-1


Gavin Jones, 1-0


Curtis Landrum, 2-0


Lane Thompson, 2-0

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