Stevens, Bertram win titles at West Platte Invitational

West Platte and Platte County each had a champion at the West Platte Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Weston.

Grace Stevens got first for West Platte by posting three wins against Nathalia Barnhill of Central Academy of Excellence. The first two were by pins, while Stevens got an 11-6 decision in the third showdown.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo  West Platte’s Grace Stevens tries to turn Nathalia Barnhill of Central Academy of Excellence during a match on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the West Platte Invitational in Weston. Stevens took the championship in her weight division with three wins vs. Barnhill.

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West Platte’s Grace Stevens tries to turn Nathalia Barnhill of Central Academy of Excellence during a match on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the West Platte Invitational in Weston. Stevens took the championship in her weight division with three wins vs. Barnhill.

Platte County’s Sarina Bertram pinned Daniela Falcon of Kansas City East in 1 minute and then won by a 7-0 decision against Lara Lieske of West Platte.

Lieske took second in the weight class after posting a pin over Falcon in 1:17.

In the other weight class, KC East’s Isabella Hanke beat Mikenna Peters three times, all by pins.

Benton Tournament

Mid-Buchanan wrestler Haley Sampson won a championship at the Benton Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26 in St. Joseph.

Sampson, a North Platte student, picked up three wins. She pinned all three foes: Liberty North’s Monet Ruvalcaba, Benton’s Lexie Petersen and Lafayette’s Breanna White, the fastest win, coming in 27 seconds. 

Park Hill South’s Finley Bickford took third, going 1-2. Her lone win came against Lawson’s Ashley Buettengbach, pinning her in 5:27.

Other matches

Lawson 24, West Platte 0 

The Cardinals won both matches contested on Monday, Jan. 28.

Ashley Buettgenbach pinned West Platte's Grace Stevens at 1:42 and Jessie Dietz pinned Lara Lieske in 1:15. Lawson added two more forfeit wins to account for the final points. 

West Platte 18, Mid-Buchanan 6

The Bluejays got three forfeit wins and took the match against the Dragons on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Grace Stevens, Sarah Stalcup and Lara Lieske all got wins for West Platte.

In the lone match contested, Mid-Buchanan's Haley Sampson got a pin against Mikenna Peters.

Smithville 57, Platte County 6

In the first varsity match of the night on Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Warriors post a convincing win on paper. 

In reality, of the three matches that were held, with Smithville holding a 2-1 advantage. 

In the first match of the night, Avery Krahenbill pinned Emma Nipemann in 3 minutes, 9 seconds for the lone Platte County win. Smithville's Emily Knight got a 4-1 decision against Sarina Bertram, while Fayth Harper won by a pin against KayLyn Munn. 

The Warriors got eight wins by forfeit to account for its other 48 points.