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State Wrestling Results - GO Greenbacks!

One of the most talented senior groups in Pratt High School wrestling history completed their journey on Saturday, with two finalists, and one placer to finish in 6th place as a team this year following a state trophy third place team finish last year and an 8th place team finish their freshman year. Our goal this year was a State Championship and this group did their best to make it happen, but untimely injuries made the task more than the Greenbacks could overcome, and that is saying a lot because this group is full of championship hearts, talent and work ethic.

Dylan Pelland, 120 lb. senior, pinned Keegan of Louisburg to start off day one with a purpose. Dylan followed that pin with another pin over Tanner McGivney of Abilene to reach the semifinals and guarantee a State medal. In the semifinal, Dylan won by major decision over Riley McDaniel of Frontenac to make a third finals appearance in-a-row. In the final, Dylan had a tough matchup with Tate Carney of Colby who has been ranked above Dylan in the All-Class Rankings all year long. Dylan wrestled a very smart match, taking it to Carney and staying in good position all match long. Both wrestlers secured tilts that didn’t earn back points, so Dylan just stayed calm and battled to win every position. Dylan is clutch in championship matches and won the final position, ending the match with Carney on his back and a third State Championship earned with a final of 7-2. Dylan ended the season with a 29-2 record, a third State Championship and an overall record of 103-10.

Brayan Balderrama, 126 lb. senior, began his tournament with a pin over Joel Scott of Jefferson West. In the quarterfinal match, Brayan was slowed down by Trevor Casteel of Abilene as he tied his hands up and changed the pace of the match. Balderrama looked like he was going to pull out the victory, but came up just short, losing 5-4. Brayan won the next two matches by major decision over Andover’s Central Josh Patch, 13-4 and a decision over Carter Greenfield of Santa Fe Trail, 7-2 to advance to the consolation semifinals and guarantee his third State placing performance. State tournaments are unpredictable and Brayan ended up having the previously undefeated defending State Champion in the consolation semifinals. Brayan wrestled a great match, losing by decision to Tate Withington of Goodland. Brayan then moved to the fifth place match where he cruised to a 9-5 victory over John George of Augusta. Brayan finished the year with a 30-5 record, his third Sate medal in-a-row, a 5th place finish and his 100th victory with a career record of 100-28.

138 lb. sophomore, Kadence Riner, lost by fall to Ryan Adams of Louisburg. Kadence’s 2nd match of the day was a match against Adler Pierson of Wamego. Kadence lost a heartbreaker 1-0 to end his second State appearance. Kadence is a talented young man and we look for him to do big things for us the next two years. Kadence had a season record of 21-10.

Nick Lucas, 152 lb. senior, began his day with a pin over Dakota Brake of Prairie View. Nick’s quarterfinal was a marquee matchup with a former champion and current #2 ranked wrestler, Jonny Trowbridge of Basehor Linwood. Nick wrestled an exciting back and forth match, taking Trowbridge to overtime, winning on an exhilarating last second takedown to move on to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Nick would see the #3 ranked Scott City wrestler, Jarrett Jurgens. Nick dominated a tough matchup and was in control the whole time, winning a 5-0 decision to land in the finals! The finals matchup was against four-time finalist and two-time placer, Anthony Scantlin of Mulvane. Nick wrestled well, but Scantlin has a way of holding, pulling, and just sitting on a tight waist as time ticks away. This is so counter to how we wrestle, and Scantlin is so good at this slowed down style that it was hard to overcome. Nick had some opportunities, but couldn’t quite capitalize, losing a match he wanted more than any other 5-0. Nick ends the year as a State Runner-Up with a 37-3 record (all losses to State Champions), and a 125-23 career record.

Logan Baird, 170 lb. senior badly injured his ankle the Tuesday before Regionals. He toughed out that tournament and defaulted out to qualify for State. The first round of State was a rematch with Dauson Whiteley of Abilene who he beat by a technical fall on a healthy leg. This time, Logan would give his best, but he came up just short, almost turning Whiteley as time ran out, losing a 7-5 decision. Logan toughed out the next match, winning an 8-4 decision over Devin Duncan of Tonganoxie. On the second day, Logan met the #4 ranked wrestler, Joey Ewalt of Prairie View. Logan just couldn’t muster another win, losing 6-2 to end his season and wrestle his last match for Pratt High School with grit. Logan was the returning State Runner-Up and it was quite disappointing for him to go out this way, but he gave it all he had and left us with a lot of good memories. Logan’s career record was 124-37.

Justin Lamatsch, 182 lb. junior, started his State experience with a pin over Zach Norton of Spring Hill. In round two, Justin met up with Bailey Yarborough of McPherson. Justin was in this match until the end, losing by a 5-2 decision. On day two, Justin began with a 3-1 decision win over Jayden Creach of Ottawa to land in the consolation quarterfinals where it is win and you place or lose and you go home. Justin’s opponent was Aaron Schoemann of Wellington. Justin just couldn’t get his offense going, losing in a 5-1 decision to end his tournament one match short of placing. Justin will be back next year and he will place in State next year. Justin’s season record was 27-16.

It is hard to see a group like this move on, but the ride was worth the tears that are being shed as we see them off to the next level with three Greenbacks—Logan Baird, Brayan Balderrama and Nick Lucas signing with PCC, Dylan Pelland signing with Baker University and all of these seniors had over 100 wins for their careers! As a team, our goals will remain intact as since 2010, the Greenbacks have been in the top 10 out of 60 teams in 4A, four times with 44 qualifiers, 9 finalists, 6 champions, 3 runners-up and a total of 21 placers in 8 years—6 1st, 3 2nd, 4 3rd, 2 4th, 4 5th and 2 6th place finishes in that time span.

The tradition will continue with two returning qualifiers, eight starters and a good group of freshmen coming in next year. The Greenbacks will do their best and will not disappoint.

Go Greenbacks!

Dylan Pelland 103-10 
 2017 29-2 1st place
2016 33-3 1st place
2015 32-0 1st place
2014 9-5

Brayan Balderrama 100-28 
 2017 30-5 5th place
2016 37-8 3rd place
2015 28-13 4th place
2014 5-2

Logan Baird 124-37
2017 33-5 
 2016 40-6 State Runner-Up
2015 35-11
2014 16-15

Nick Lucas 125-23
2017 37-3 State Runner-Up
2016 35-8 5th place
2015 28-5

2014 25-7

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