Despite Kobey Pritchard’s Loss, He Was a Fan Favorite

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Fan-favorite Kobey Pritchard was just two wins away from his dream of becoming a state champion Friday afternoon.

During the 2016 state wrestling tournament, Pritchard has been in control of his opponents from the opening whistles.  Pritchard is in the 106-pound 3A class.

Pritchard was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, when he was 5-years-old and lost his leg to save his life.

He brought the crowd to their feet Friday afternoon in a second-period pin, a victory that meant he was just two matches away from becoming the state champ.

That journey came to an end when Pritchard lost 4-2 to Nick Oldham from Valley in the semifinals Friday evening. The match was at 7:30 p.m.

Despite the loss, Pritchard was a crowd favorite.

“Everywhere he goes he obviously draws attention,” said Clint Manny. “He’s a hard guy to not want to be successful. You cheer for him, you have to. But when you know him behind the scenes and the work he's put in, you want him to win even more. He’s a crowd favorite, but he always has bee. He's got a pretty good smile too.”

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