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Another state title pinned by Pirate wrestlers

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

This year’s state wrestling tournament may not have been scripted out to perfection like the Platte County Pirates had hoped, but the team still walked away with the title of champion.

On Saturday, one Pirate streak was cut short. After nine years of walking away from the state wrestling meet with at least one individual state champion, Platte County did not have one wrestler achieve that status.

Despite all that, the Platte County Pirates came home with the Class 2 state championship trophy, receiving 147.5 points. The Pirates were followed by second place finisher, Monett with 123.5 points and third place finisher, Odessa with 122.5 points.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” wrestling head coach Phil Dorman told The Landmark on Tuesday morning. “We went nine straight years with an individual champion so there is a little disappointment.”

The Pirates sent 11 wrestlers to this year’s state tournament in Columbia. Nine of those individuals medaled and every one captured at least a single match.

“Everybody contributed to this (championship), so it is a true team effort and there is not one individual that stands out,” Dorman stated.

The Pirates who received medals in the following weight classes were:
130 pounds-Tyler St. Louis finished second; 135- Doug McLain, fourth; 140-Collin Wittmeyer, fourth; 145-Dakota Fowler, fifth; 160-Joe Pace, fourth; 171-Joe Henson, third; 189-Jake Guthier, fifth; 215-David Scheetz, fourth; and 275- Jake Mallonee, second.

Pirates Kendall Burns at 112 and Eli Plowman at 152 did not place in the tournament.

“Just the fact that we had nine kids place was a huge accomplishment,” said Dorman.

“Some kids maybe overachieved a little bit, and some of the kids didn’t get the outcome we wanted. But the kids were glad to win the state title even though individually we fell short of some goals.”

Bringing home the state title to Platte County was the perfect way to cap off this year’s season.

The Pirates won the 2006 MEC Conference, as well as the district title. The team went 9-0 in duals and placed in the top five at the larger tournaments throughout the season including the Park Hill, Branson, Blue Springs South, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Platte County tournaments.

“When you look at everything that has occurred, this was a very successful season. You don’t win a state title and not have a successful season,” said Dorman.

“I’m very proud of how hard the kids worked this season and their hard work paid off.”



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