Platte County surges in the finals to take Class 3 District 8 Championship

By Cody Thorn Fort Osage held the team lead through most of the first- and third-place matches in the Class 3 District 8 tournament on Saturday. However, the small lead evaporated as Platte County surged ahead behind the strength of three head-to-head wins against the Indians to claim the championship at Kearney High School.

The Pirates entered the finals down by 13 points and ended up with a seven-point winning margin over the Indians, 176-169.

A pair of teams that brought home trophies at the state meet last year – Kearney (third) and Smithville (fourth) finished in that order at this district meet.

The district championship is the first since 2017 for the Pirates, which won eight matches in a row in the place matches.

“It was a good reminder to our guys that we can be the team to beat at the state tournament if we show up and wrestle how I know our team can,” said junior Eli Rocha, one of six district champions for the Pirates.

Fort Osage and Platte County will send 12 and Kearney advanced 11 to the sectional meet on Feb. 27 at Belton.