Pratt Wrestling Club members Koda Dipman, Noah Cox and Taye Wilson made the state USA Kids medal stands last weekend, thanks, in part, to support from teammates, coaches, parents and community.
Pratt Wrestling Club took 13 qualifying wrestlers to the USA Wrestling Kids State Tournament March 16 and 17 in Topeka. They came home with three state placers this year: Taye Wilson 6th, Noah Cox 5th and Koda Dipman 3rd place finish.
This state tournament is the pinnacle of the kids wrestling season that began back in mid November 2018.
Wrestling from Pratt were Bryce Winsor, Tarrant Young, Drake Vanscoyoc, Dylan Gantz, Caden McCandless, Koda Dipman, Noah Cox, Damien Quint, Logan Copus, Taye Wilson, Blake Winsor, Austin Cruce, and Anthony Cox.
“The first timers who attend are in awe of how big this one tournament is, while the veterans cherish their time being a part of something this big,” said PWC head coach Daniel Prater.
More than 1,400 wrestlers from the state of Kansas were in attendance at state this year, with an added first-ever girls division state championship that went side-by-side with the boys division.
Prater thanked Pratt High School wrestlers who came out to the club competitions after their high school season was finished.
“Devon Weber, Dalton Weber, Koda Dipman, Tarrant Young, Bryce Winsor and Trevor Stimatze set good examples and were great role models to the younger club members by coming down to the room to practice and participate,” he said. “PWC was a large part of my life growing up and the second best thing to wrestling for PWC is coaching the hard working boys and girls in the program.”
The state tournament in Topeka took place the weekend right after Pratt Wrestling Club hosted one of Pratt’s largest sporting events in the area. March 9 PWC hosted Districts that brought in more than 650 wrestlers to compete for their spot at the state tournament.
“Our club did a great job coming together to run a smooth tournament of this size,” Prater said.
PWC would like to thank Pratt Travel and Tourism, Pratt Wrestling, PCC Wrestling, Stafford Wrestling, Blythe Family Fitness, Mead Lumber and Pratt High School athletic director David Swank for their support in this event.
“We could not have done this without them,” Prater said.