Rotterman helps Mid-Buch to 4th at home tournament; West Platte struggling shorthanded

FAUCETT, Mo. — A pair of North Platte wrestlers helped Mid-Buchanan to a fourth-place finish in its home tournament Saturday, Jan. 7.

ROSS MARTIN/Citizen photo West Platte senior Noah Conway, right, works to hold onto Mid-Buchanan’s Corbin Veith during a 145-pound match in the Mid-Buchanan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Mid-Buchanan High School in Faucett, Mo.

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West Platte senior Noah Conway, right, works to hold onto Mid-Buchanan’s Corbin Veith during a 145-pound match in the Mid-Buchanan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Mid-Buchanan High School in Faucett, Mo.

Parker Rotterman won one of three individual titles for the Dragons, sweeping through the 160-pound field, while freshman Justin Roth improved to 9-8 on the season while finishing fourth at 120. North Platte participates in wrestling at Mid-Buchanan as part of a cooperative agreement between the schools.

State ranked at 152, Rotterman was up at 160 and pinned through his three pool matches. He then overcame a slow start to beat South Harrison’s Gavin Johns for a 9-3 decision in the semifinal.
Rotterman, who improved to 13-7 on the season, then pinned Maryville’s Jackson Sanders early in the second period to take the title.

Roth also won his pool and then slipped past Platte County’s Jackson Phan, representing the Pirates’ junior varsity. Roth lost his final two matches to end up fourth.

Mid-Buchanan scored 126½ points and ended up just 1½ points back of Maysville for third. West Platte had 35½ points and wound up 13th out of 18 in a field that included seven junior varsity lineups.

West Platte’s six wrestlers all ended up between sixth and eighth place with sophomore 285-pounder Thomas Tharp leading the way in sixth. He went 1-3 overall with the lone win coming in the consolation bracket to reach the fifth-place match.

Platte County’s junior varsity finished tied for 8th with Jackson Phan coming in fourth at 145 to lead the Pirates, who brought 10 wrestlers to the tournament.