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Pirate wrestlers pound
Chillicothe team, 67-9

by Ted Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Pirate wrestling team soundly defeated the Chillicothe Hornets 67-9, in both teams’ first conference duals of the season. They wrestled at Chillicothe on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Senior Brett Rolofson returned to action after sitting out due to a leg injury. Rolofson wrestled as if the injury had little affect on him, pinning his 103-pound opponent in just 1:18.

Junior Jason Callaway was nearly flawless in his performance, as he also won by a fall over the Hornets’ 112-pound wrestler in 1:57.

The third match of the night was also determined by a pin fall, as sophomore Caleb Dixon pinned his 119-pound opposition in just 1:18.

Sophomore Steve Fisher did not pin his opponent, but was victorious over the 125-pound wrestler from Chillicothe, winning by a 14-6 major decision.

In the next match, Platte County stayed in the win column as sophomore Joe Hobbs won the 130-pound match by a 1:42 pin fall.

Platte County suffered its first loss of the night in the 135-pound match. Freshman Tommy Grutzmacher filled in for sophomore James Bascue. Grutzmacher lost by a 13-7 decision.

The only other loss for Platte County during the night came in the 140-pound match; sophomore Jake Riner lost after a pin fall that came 3:16 into the match.
Junior Brock Wittmeyer was able to give Platte County a victory and break the brief losing streak. Wittmeyer pinned the 145-pound grappler from Chillicothe in 2:43 into the match.

Senior Jake Fisher added another pin fall victory for the Pirates, pinning his 152-pound opponent in 3:04.

The winning streak against Chillicothe was extended, as senior Robbie Campbell was able to win his match by a large 17-4 major decision.

Junior wrestler Nick Jaros quickly defeated his opponent in the 171-pound class with a pin that came just 1:15 into the match.

Senior Zach Sherman was perfect in the 189-pound match, winning the match with a 15-0 technical fall.

In the 215-pound match, junior Nick Butrous was able to pin his opponent after 5:03 had passed.

Senior Charles Grutzmacher concluded the night with a pin fall victory in the 275-pound or heavyweight match. Grutzmacher pinned his opponent 3:00 into the match.

The next action for the Pirates comes on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when they will face conference rival Smithville at home beginning at 6 p.m.