Pratt High School wrestlers earn their third team title so far this season.
The Pratt Greenback wrestling team followed up their best performance as a team at a tough Hays tournament last weekend, with their 3rd championship title of the year in Andover on Saturday, January 26. It was their last tournament before league next Thursday.
The PHS boys led the field with 26 wins by fall, earning crucial bonus points to edge out Edmond Memorial High School, ranked #9 team in 6A in Oklahoma. Pratt brought home three champions, two 2nd placers and two 3rd place medal winners.
Greenback senior Caden Blankenship and sophomores Kaiser Pelland and Devon Weber were the championship placers at Andover.
“Blankenship had an outstanding tournament and his best performance yet,” said head coach Tate Thompson.
Blankenship started off the day with a fall over Kennedy from Edmond Memorial, one of the many that helped to defeat them, and ended the day with a record of 5-0.
Thompson said Pelland has been improving week after week and finished 5-0 on the day as well, earning him a record of 26-10 on the year.
Weber was 4-0 on the day and 32-0 for the year. He was voted Outstanding Wrestler by the coaches of the Andover tournament.
For Pratt, Jadon Koehler and Kadence Riner both came home with 2nd place at the tournament. Koehler faced a tough opponent in the finals match that he will most likely see again at regionals.
“Jadon knows what he needs to do and has to stay focused for a full 6 minutes, without getting complacent and the results will be in our favor,” Thompson said.
Riner marched through his day with a decision and three falls over his opponents. He lost a close last match but has an impressive 30-3 record for the year.
Freshman Koda Dipman and senior Severn Hance earned 3rd place at the tournament, each with a record of 4-1. Dipman began his day with a tough lost but bounced right back with three falls against his next opponents. Hance has been in a rut since his late start this season, but had his breakout tournament in Andover. He will be looking to improve in the three big tournaments.
“The boys wrestled like a complete team in Andover,” said Thompson, “They supported each other, felt the momentum and watched the team scores all day.”
The Pratt wrestlers will compete at league in Larned next Thursday. They will have regionals and state to prepare for after that.
“In that time, we will work on minimizing mistakes, capitalizing on good positioning and finishing all scoring and pinning opportunities. There is a lot of work to be done, but the Greenbacks have picked it up the last few weeks and are looking good for now,” Thompson said.