Updated: March 09, 2021 10:46 PM
Created: March 08, 2021 11:14 PM
Despite a shortened pandemic season, one Hibbing senior has wrestled his way into the Bluejackets' record books. Now he's fighting to clinch his fourth trip to the state tournament.
David Platt first hit the wrestling mat in elementary school. His now high school coach Raymond Pierce saw him in action back then and knew he had greatness in his future
"He was doing all the things that the other kids weren't doing back then," said Pierce, the head coach of Hibbing wrestling. "We knew by the time he got into high school that he was probably going to be a special kid."
Since joining the Hibbing varsity team in 7th grade Platt has consistently recorded double digit pins in a season. Now as a senior nothing has slowed him down, not even a pandemic.
"He didn't even let the short season bother him," Pierce said. "He did what he needed to do and he just kept on doing it."
"I've dedicated a lot of my life to this sport and trying to achieve my goals," Platt added.
He achieved one of those goals this season. Platt reached 104 career pins surpassing former Bluejacket Will Johnson's program record of 99.
"Means a lot. It's been a dream since seventh grade. Getting the extra points for the team, and getting all those falls, and just setting my goals," Platt said.
"There was actually a period of time where it seemed like it was a little bit of a jinx," Pierce explained. "We had a guy that [was a] medical out that could have been his 100th fall, we had a guy that forfeited to him could have been his 100th fall. We thought, well we're going to just sit here at 99, and then when we finally got it. It was a little bit of relief."
To get there Platt spent years attending extra practices as far away as Brainerd and the Twin Cities. On days off, he hits the track on his own for additional strength and conditioning.
"I'm always doing something to get better," Platt said. "I'm going on a bike ride or running around the track. I really do like running. I ran cross country and track [and] really enjoyed it, so I just do that in my free time."
That effort has earned him 176 career wins. He's now just nine shy of the school win record.
Platt has earned three state qualifications, finishing sixth as a sophomore and fifth as a junior, and this year hopes to land on top of the state podium.
"I'm hoping to pin my way through the whole tournament and just shock a lot of people against the good wrestlers," Platt said.
First he must fight for a qualifying spot wrestling at 145 in the Section 7AA individual tournament. That is set for March 17th.
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