Platte County might not have the numbers yet, but the concentration of talent remains obvious. The Pirates have just six on the roster in the third year of the program, but coach Reggie Burress believes the pieces are in place to continue taking strides.
“We have six girls out this year, and every one of them comes to work hard every day,” Burress said. “They see that it’s so hard from the outside, but if they get in here, they could see how much it would help them in other ways in their life.
“I’m proud of how hard they work and where they’ve come. I just wish more girls would come out and give it a chance.”
Platte County returns a pair of Missouri State Wrestling Championships qualifiers in senior Sarina Bertram and junior KayLyn Munn — a duo that became the first state medal winners in program history in 2020. They led the Pirates to a 13th-place finish out of 45 teams in the District 4 team standings with just five in the lineup.
The state changed and increased the number of weight classes for this season, so Platte County will again be far from full.
However, Bertram is the only senior, entering off of a 40-5 season that included a District 4 championship at 166 pounds. She beat rival Chloe Williams of Smithville 5-4 in ultimate tiebreaker to win the crown and then reached the quarterfinals at state before a loss dropped her to the consolation side.
Three straight wins put Bertram in the third-place match, but she finished fourth after her second loss at state to Emma Schreiber of Kirkwood.
The first two-time state qualifier in program history, Munn placed third in District 4 at 187 and lost her opening-round match. She had to win three straight to reach the medal rounds before losing for the second time to Josette Partner of Lafayette (Wildwood) and dropping the fifth-place match to finish sixth.
Munn went 0-2 at state as a freshman when she made program history with Avery Krahenbill as Platte County’s first state qualifiers.
“Sarina Bertram and KayLyn Munn are back with state medals,” Burress said, “and they worked hard in the summer when they came in and the fall when they could get in and have made great strides.”
The goal this year for Platte County will be to take at least three to state. Those looking to join Bertram and Munn include junior Elizabeth Humburg, who thrived in her first season and finished 24-12 at 125. The Pirates also return junior Haley Burge (11-17 at 103) and sophomore Cheyenne Weir (2-11 at 110).
Audrey Call, a sophomore, slots in around 130 in her first season.