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Plante raises his hand to the crowd after getting his pin

Every successful wrestler has obstacles and challenges he must face before they qualify to compete at the state level, but Plainville’s heavyweight senior, Jared Plante, has had an especially challenging road to go down. Wrestling JV his freshman year, Plante was unable to make it to state, but came back wrestling varsity his sophomore year. His season quickly came to an end though, after tearing his MCL, meniscus, and ACL in an early match against Chapman’s Jason Zook.

“I did physical therapy and rehabbed for six months, and then got cleared in July,” Plante said.

The Cardinal was able to return in time for his junior year football campaign and return to the wrestling scene. However, the senior would face the same ill fate as the season before, and suffer another season ending knee injury early on—tearing his ACL and meniscus in the opposite knee. This resulted in Plante taking another six months off to rehabilitate.

“I’m very proud of Jared! He’s a hard working young man, and he did his physical therapy the right way, his surgery went well,” says Plainville wrestling Coach Corey Dobpson. “He did everything he had to do to get back on the mat for both his junior and senior year.”

There was a lot of pressure on Plante this year-- in order to wrestle, he had to cut 45 pounds to make heavyweight. His hard work and physical therapy have paid off well for him though, giving him a 25-6 record on the season, and allowing him to travel to state for his final year wrestling as a cardinal. He defeated junior, Ryan Rose of Wabaunsee, and Hoxie’s freshman standout, Taye Washington by fall, earlier in the day.

Senior, Jared Plante, gets his third and final pin of the day over Berry in the semi-finals

“Those [pins] meant a lot. Looking up into the crowd and seeing them cheering for me, that was pretty exciting,” he said.
This year marks the senior’s first time at state, and only chance to go for the gold. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” he said with a smile on his face.

He took on West Elk junior, Kolvin Berry (22-2) in the semi-final match today, where he defeated him by his third fall on the day. Plante will take on junior, Cottenmyre (42-2) tomorrow evening in the 3-2-1A championship.




Paige Molstad