Platte County closed the regular season by splitting a pair of duals at Belton on Friday night. The Pirates finished as the unbeaten Suburban Conference Blue Division champions thanks to an early season win over Smithville and an upset of Kearney late in the year.
This marks the first conference title in program history. Girls wrestling became an official varsity sport for the 2018-2019 season.
In the final competition of the regular season, Platte County defeated Willard 24-6 and lost via tiebreaker criteria after a 30-30 tie with host Belton. The Pirates have just six wrestlers on the roster but have excelled behind 2020 state medalists Sarina Bertram and KayLyn Munn, who are both ranked in the top 10 of the Missouri Wrestling rankings.
Against Willard, Platte County won all four of the matches wrestled with Bertram, a senior recently signed to William Jewell, taking a 9-2 decision at 159. Cheyenne Weir, a freshman, also won an 8-2 decision while junior Elizabeth Humburg had a pin at 127, and sophomore Audrey Call won via injury default for six more points at 137.
Willard’s lone win came from a forfeit at 143.
There were only four matches wrestled against Belton, as well, with Munn, a junior, bumping up to 235 for a pin and Call also winning by fall at 132 for Platte County. Haley Burge, a sophomore, added a win by injury default, and the Pirates took 12 points by forfeit.
Belton’s lone head-to-head win came by fall at 127, but Platte County gave up four forfeits to Belton’s two to take the tiebreaker criteria.
Platte County next wrestles at District 7 on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6 at Staley High School with the top four in each weight class advancing to an eight-wrestler bracket at Sectional 4 the following Saturday. The top three at sectionals advance to state.
Bertram and Munn are the only returning state qualifiers for Platte County.
Five Platte County wrestlers wrestled for first place last Wednesday in a straight eight-wrestler bracket in Lathrop.
Munn only had one other wrestler in her 195 bracket, and she pinned Kearney’s Jaden Craig to win one of two titles for Platte County. Bertram recorded a pin and a technical fall to reach the 159 final and then beat Cameron’s Clarissa Kissire in a 1-0 decision.
Bertram finished the regular season at 26-1, while Munn is 22-2.
Burge (107), Humburg (127) and Call (132) also made the finals but finished second. All three were pinned int he championship match. No team scores were kept.