State of Swimming, Regional Wrestling Championships, Bowling League – The McPherson Sentinel
Sentinel Brett Esch McPherson
On Sunday, Wesley Wurm and Tytus Reed of the McPherson swim team placed at the KSHSAA Class State Championships 5-1A. On Saturday, three Bullpup Boys wrestlers qualified for the state at the regional Class 4A tournament. Below, you’ll find recaps of each event as part of this week’s Bullpup Recap. Wurm, place of Tytus
Wurm, Tytus up to state swimming
From Friday through Sunday, Smoky Valley’s Wesley Wurm and Tytus Reed of the McPherson Swim Team competed in the KSHSAA Class 5-1A State Championships.
They each finished 12th in their respective events. Wurm clocked 51.24 in the 100 free yards after finishing 13th in the preliminaries. Reed recorded a 55.63 in the 100-yard butterfly. Each swimmer’s performance was good for five points.
“I… have to stress how proud I am of these guys who have fought hard to get to this point with such a young team,” said head coach Matt Cotton. “The leadership of our upper classes has been phenomenal throughout the season, and it is their example that the youngsters will follow.”
He added: “Wes, Ethan and Tytus are all part of the tradition started with Matt Morrow of swimming excellence McPherson, and we will need them moving forward. The returning guys who came to declare themselves this year will have to become leaders next season to ensure that we send a team out again next February.
Three state-bound wrestlers
On Saturday, Treyton Pelnar (126), Collin Pearson (145) and Jase Fitzmorris (170) clinched their spot in Friday’s KSHSAA State Championships in Salina.
Pelnar went 4-1 while Pearson and Fitzmorris each finished 3-2. Five top-10 teams competed alongside McPherson in the Regional A tournament, with Scott City claiming first place with 180.5 points. The Bullpups placed ninth with 67.5 points.
The bowling cap season meets the league
On Friday, the McPherson bowling team competed in the AVCTL III-IV Championships. Three Bullpups took home material, with Tytin Goebel placing second for the boys and the Busch twins winning the medal for the girls.
The boys finished fifth overall. Goebel had her best performance of the season: 253-191-217 for a 661. Kylee Busch finished sixth and led the girls with a 513 while Haylee Busch followed with a 475 to finish 12th.
“Globally [we had a] good day,” head coach Herb Halinski told Mid Kansas Online. “The regionals are on Wednesday and we still have work to do. We have the toughest regional and it will be difficult to get out of it. We have to stock up, that’s what we’re going to practice this week.
Augusta won the tag team title. McPherson placed third.
Brett Esch has been a freelance writer for the McPherson Sentinel since January 2022. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @brettaesch.