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Wrestling team hit
with injuries, illness

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

In recent matches, more and more Pirate wrestlers have been stricken with injury and sickness, hampering their performance as a team.

Injuries kept seniors Zach Sherman and Brett Rolofson and junior Brock Wittmeyer out of several of the last few matches. Rolofson and Wittmeyer both look to be inactive for extended periods of time.

Back on Dec. 4, the Pirates took on Ray-Pec, but the Pirates were not able to pull off a win, as they tied Ray-Pec 38-38.

Rolofson won his 103-pound match with a 12-3 major decision to get the Pirates started with a win.

Junior Jason Callaway kept the Pirate win streak alive as he defeated his 112-pound opponent with a pin fall at 1:01 into the match.

Sophomore Caleb Dixon was pinned by his Ray-Pec opponent at 1:15 into the 119-pound match.

Then the 125-pound sophomore Steve Fisher lost an 8-2 decision to his competitor.

Following that loss, sophomore James Bascue could not pull off a win in the 130-pound match, where he lost a 7-1 decision.

In the 135-pound match, sophomore Joe Hobbs of Platte County was pinned in 2:25. This was the Pirates fourth straight loss.

In the 140-pound match, the Pirates were forced to forfeit.
Wittmeyer gave the Pirates another win, when he won a 6-0 decision over his 145-pound opponent.

Senior Jake Fisher went on to add another win as he pinned the 152-pound contender in 1:29.

Senior Robbie Campbell fell, in the 160-pound match, by a 10-2 major decision.

Junior Nick Jaros then proceeded to dominate in the 171-pound match, as he pinned his opponent in just 0:48 seconds.

Junior Nick Butrous was pinned in 3:00 in the 189-pound match.
Senior Chase Verdoorn, who pinned his opponent in only 0:53 seconds, dominated the 215-pound match.

Senior Charles Grutzmacher concluded the duals with a 6-2 decision over his opponent in the 275-pound match.

Two days after the tie to Ray-Pec, the Pirates took on Lawson. Platte County sported another battered lineup, as they had to wrestle without Rolofson or Wittmeyer.

Sophomore Jim Bob Perry filled in the vacancy left by Rolofson in the 103-pound match, but Perry was unable to get a win as he was pinned in 0:34 seconds.

In the 112-pound match, Callaway was pinned in 3:26.

Dixon fell in the 119-pound match by an 8-4 decision.

S. Fisher was pinned in 1:01 in the 125-pound match, and the Pirates were winless after 4 matches.

Bascue was able to get the Pirates into the win category by winning a 4-1 decision over the 130-pound opponent.

Hobbs fell and was pinned in the 135-pound match after 1:30 of action.

The Pirates then had to forfeit the 140-pound because of vacancies left by injury.
In the 145-pound match, sophomore Jake Riner was pinned 0:40.

J. Fisher then stepped up for Platte County and pinned his 152-pound opponent in 1:29.

Campbell narrowly lost the 160-pound match by a 5-4 decision.

Jaros then turned the tide for Platte County, beginning a streak of victories. Jaros won the 171-pound match after a pin 0:47 seconds into the match.

Next, Sherman was victorious in the 189-pound match with a 17-2 technical fall.

Then, Verdoorn won the 215-pound match with a 13-5 major decision.

Grutzmacher concluded the duals as he won the 275-pound match via forfeit.

After the disappointing loss to Lawson, Platte County was off to compete in the Melvin Douglas Invitational Tournament at Highland Park in Topeka on Dec. 8.

Callaway gave the Pirates a first place finish in the 112-pound class as he pinned his Topeka High opponent.

S. Fisher finished third in the 125-pound match, as he defeated his opponent from Topeka West with a 12-5 decision.

In the 130-pound match, Bascue finished third as well, defeating his competitor from Blue Valley with a 15-4 major decision.

J. Fisher took first in the 152-pound match after he pinned his opponent from Manhattan.

Then, in the 160-pound match, Campbell took third after he pinned his opponent from Topeka High.

Jaros then pinned his opponent from Blue Valley in the 171-pound match to take first place in that weight class.

Sherman took first place in the 189-pound match after he scored a 13-4 major decision over the wrestler from Wyandotte.

Verdoorn was the last to place for Platte County in the tournament after he pinned his competitor from Manhattan in the 215-pound class.

Platte County finished second in the tournament with 260 points. Manhattan won the tournament with 275.5 points. Platte County was followed by Topeka Seaman with 179, Shawnee Mission Northwest with 127, Topeka West with 117.5, Topeka High with 114.5, Shawnee Mission North with 106, Blue Valley with 104.5, Topeka Highland Park with 101, Lawrence with 91, Wyandotte with 82, and Topeka Hayden with 62 points. Platte County was the only school in the tournament that was not from Kansas.

The next action for the Pirates comes on Sat., Dec. 15, when the Pirates host the PC JV Tournament starting at 9 a.m. The next varsity action takes place Tues., Dec. 18, when the Pirates host Lafayette beginning at 6 p.m.