The Pratt High School wrestling team wrapped up another successful season with six participants and an 8th place team finish at the State Tournament.
The Pratt High School wrestling team wrapped up another successful season with six participants and an 8th place team finish at the State Tournament. It was a year in which the Greenbacks were hindered by lack of numbers, especially in the larger weights— but they still did themselves proud in both duals and tournaments.
The Frogs went 4-2 in duals, despite yielding forfeits in the top four weight classes most of the time. Occasionally, head coach Tate Thompson would bump some of his grapplers up in weight and fill in spots with JV wrestlers so as not to have to give up quite so many free points. Pratt defeated Newton, Wellington, Hays and Plainville head-to-head; losing duals only to Mulvane and Dodge City on the season.
The Greenback grapplers were really a team best-suited to tournaments, however, as their quality was able to offset their lack of quantity in the tournament setting. PHS was especially dominant at the smaller weights, as Nick Lucas, Trae Foreman and Cesar Regalado were frequent tournament medal winners.
Pratt took 3rd at their home meet, 6th at Douglass, 8th at Bishop Carroll, and 5th at Clearwater during the regular season. The Frogs were hampered at times during the season by injuries/absences— something they could ill-afford given that they were going to be shorthanded even if everyone was available.
Things really began to gel for the Greenbacks during the post-season. They had a very good performance at CKL, taking 2nd as a team— and all eleven grapplers medaled. Regalado, Foreman, Hudson Swift and Taylor White were each league champs. Dylan Pelland, Logan Baird and Brendan Pribil were runners-up. Cody Hoy and Cooper Crump took 3rds and Nick Lucas and Ethan Sharp medaled 4th.
At regional, Pratt qualified six for State. Included were the usual suspects— Foreman, Regalado, Pribil and White who had each been consistent and solid throughout the season. Emerging late in the season, however, were Dylan Pelland and Cooper Crump, who earned trips to State despite not having wrestled a full varsity slate during the year.
At State, Cesar Regalado remained undefeated on the year, defending his State Championship. Trae Foreman was runner-up to give PHS two State medalists. Pratt finished 8th as a team in Class 4A.
A strong senior class moves on after this year, one that has brought a lot of glory to PHS on the mat. Two-time State champ Cesar Regalado, Trae Foreman, Taylor White, Cooper Crump and Brendan Pribil will all be graduating. It won’t be easy filling their singlets, as each was a State contender.
But Coach Thompson has enough quality returners that the Greenbacks should be competitive again next year.
Frosh Dylan Pelland, Logan Baird and Nick Lucas each had varsity success this year. Juniors Cody Hoy, Hudson Swift and Ethan Sharp should emerge as team leaders next season. Youngsters like Bryan Balderamma showed promise when given varsity chances this season.
There’s no reason to think Greenback wrestling won’t have another good season next year, despite the loss to graduation of a stellar senior class.