3 MHS wrestlers earn gold at Abilene

By Steve Sell
December 17, 2017

ABILENE — McPherson High wrestlers Rhett Edmonson and Scott Radke continued their perfect seasons on Saturday in the Abilene Invitational as they were champions at 120 and 152 pounds, respectively.

They were joined as a tourney champion by Brynton Crews, who was the best at 138 pounds.

Class 5A Salina Central, the largest school in the field, took the team title with 214 points, while Pratt and MHS were in the hunt with 185 and 183 1/2 points, respectively Rounding out the top five were Abilene and Santa Fe Trail with 136 1/2 points apiece. There were 10 teams in all.

Edmonson had no trouble in his bracket, defeating Julion Franco of Salina Central 12-2 in the finals. Radke won his four matches either by a fall or technical fall, defeating Caleb Jeanneret of Santa Fe Trail by a T-fall in the finals, 24-9. Crews was the surprise of the day, winning his five matches by falls or T-falls and pinned Salina Central’s Kray True in the finals.

Bailey Yarborough had MHS’ next-highest finish as he was second at 195 pounds.

“The team as a whole continues to wrestle very good,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “Landon Crews and Mason Thrash had a couple nice wins against the tough field. I think we did great, we finished in third place without two of our varsity wrestlers.  If we have those two wrestlers, our team would have been right up there with Salina Central.”

The tourney wrapped up a non-stop December for the Bullpups. 

“It’s been a long 6 weeks with a lot of matches up to this point,” Kretzer said. “We’re ready for a break.  We’ll recharge our batteries and be ready to get back to the grind after Christmas break.”

MHS was 10-1 in duals and the Abilene tourney was its first. 

“Through the first month of the season, it took us a while to get settled but by last weekend we were progressing nicely,” Kretzer said. “Our lineup is solid and our backups are good quality. Our girls team is doing quite well. too. I've been impressed with our leadership.  Our captains and seniors are running a tight ship. This is a fun group of kids to coach. I'm really looking forward to a fun ride in January and February.”

106 —MHS was open

113 — Landon Crews, 3-2, 3rd

120 — Rhett Edmonson, 4-0, 1st

126 — EJ Kretzer, 2-3, 4th

132 — Seth Morgan, 2-3, 7th

138 — Brynton Crews, 5-0, 1st

145 — Jonah Clarke, 3-2, 4th

152 — Scott Radke, 4-0, 1st

160 — Ian Alumbaugh, 2-3, 6th

170 — Mason Thrash, 2-3, 4th

182 — Luke Thompson, 2-3, 4th

195 — Bailey Yarborough, 4-1, 2nd

220 — Kourtney Craig, 3-2, 5th

285 — Donavan Bailey, 0-5, 8th