The Tigers went 3-2 on the day, beating Jayhawk-Linn, Cherryvale and Class 6A Shawnee Mission West. Their losses were to Louisburg and Webb City, the top two finishers who needed an overtime period to settle things when they faced off for the title.
"We had an awesome day today," Fort Scott head coach David Brown said. "An absolutely awesome day."
All Louisburg needed to win the championship was to make sure Ewy didn't get pinned. The match might not have had to go to overtime except that Ewy was called for stalling twice, which gave Meister a chance to stay alive.
Even though overtime is sudden death, the rules allow a wrestler the chance to complete a pinning move, so Meister could have still picked up the full six points to tie the dual. The complicated tiebreakers would have then come into play to determine the champion.
Luckily for Louisburg, all Meister could get was a takedown. He won the match but the Wildcats won the tournament.
Jayhawk-Linn, coached by former Brown pupil Brett Kramer, was only able to bring five wrestlers to the tournament and finished 0-5. Individually, the Jayhawks were able to pick up a few victories.
There would be no surprise on the Tigers' part in that veteran wrestlers Denzell Davis and Justin Sharp were each unbeaten on the day. But there were also some pleasant surprises on the part of three freshmen: Tyler Sharp, Victor Hughes and John Metcalf. They combined to win 13 of 15 matches.
Davis and the older Sharp could switch places between 119 pounds and 125 pounds. Saturday, Brown chose to put Davis in the lower weight class. His most impressive win was his first one, where he got a takedown with three seconds left in the match to beat Louisburg's Austin Hood, 4-3. Sharp, meanwhile, recorded pins in each of the three matches he got to wrestle (He received two wins via forfeit.)
"Davis started off with a very good wrestler," Brown said. "Hood is a 112-pound guy wrestling up so he can have a match (instead of winning by forfeit at 112). Justin is working on cutting weight so we can swap them around as strategy calls for."
The younger Sharp wrestles 103 and began his high school career against Louisburg freshman Cullen Hood, who entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in that weight class by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association. He won his other four matches, two by forfeit and two by pinfall.
"He's going to be a pretty good 103-pounder," Brown said.
Hughes is listed at 125 pounds on the roster but took on the challenge of wrestling up at 130. He started his high-school career with a 6-0 win over Louisburg's Jacob Herbert. His other three victories came via pinfall.
"He's made a definite impression," Brown said. "He showed he can make some things happen."
Metcalf's success at 160 ought not to be a surprise to Tiger followers. He's the son of assistant coach Alvin Metcalf and his older brother, also named Alvin, was a x-time State qualifier. It may have come as a surprise to his opponents that he was 5-0 with four pins. His first victory was a pin of Louisburg's Chad Turney. He was one of just three Tigers who did not receive at least one forfeit.
"John's not intimidating in terms of his looks and demeanor," Brown says. "But when the whistle blows, he's as aggressive as you're going to find. With him, technique definitely pays off."
Jonathan Hoyle, Dane Cummings, Kenneth Singmaster and Jesse Malveaux all recorded 3-2 records on the day. Michael Durossette was 2-3 while Jacob Gillen and Drew Bryant were both 1-4. Gillen is a freshman who wrestled up one class to 145 to help the team fill as many spots as it could. Bryant was suffering from the lingering effects of an illness that kept him out of school earlier in the week.
The Tigers didn't fill the 112- and 152-pound brackets. They don't have anyone who can fill the 112 slot and Blake Cowen, who normally fills the 152 spot, was attending a music competition.
In terms of the team, Brown felt very good about how the Tigers finished.
"I feel good about what we did with the kids we have and how they've progressed in the three weeks since practice started," Brown said. "I'm looking forward to the progress I think we can show next week at Eudora."
FORT SCOTT 24
103: Cullen Hood (L) def. Tyler Sharp, 14-1. L, 4-0.
112: Both teams open, L, 10-6.
119: Denzell Davis (FS) def. Austin Hood, 4-3. L, 10-9.
125: Justin Sharp (FS) pinned Trevor LaPlant, 1:09. FS, 15-10.
130: Victor Hughes (FS) def. Jacob Herbert, 6-0. FS, 18-10.
135: Austin Caskey (L) def. Michael Durossette, 12-6. FS, 18-13.
140: Bryce Hood (L) pinned Jonathan Hoyle, :35. L, 19-18.
145: Derek Mathia (L) pinned Jacob Gillen, :28. L, 25-18.
152: Josh Henry (L) won by forfeit. L, 31-18.
160: John Metcalf (FS) pinned Chad Turney, 3:07. L, 31-24.
171: Mason Whaley (L) pinned Dane Cummings, 3:38. L, 37-24.
189: Colton Rammell (L) pinned Kenneth Singmaster, 3:35. L, 43-24.
215: Brock Elliott (L) def. Jesse Malveaux, 7-4. L, 46-24.
285: Tyler Ewy (L) def. Derek Bryant, 3-1. L, 49-24.
FORT SCOTT 66
103: T.Sharp (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 6-0.
112: Both teams open, FS, 6-0.
119: Davis (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 12-0.
125: J.Sharp (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 18-0.
130: Hughes (FS) pinned Mason Craig, 1:54. FS, 24-0.
135: Durossette (FS) pinned Tyler Jenkins, 3:51. FS, 30-0.
140: Hoyle (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 36-0.
145: Gillen (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 42-0.
152: Jarod Avery (JL) won by forfeit. FS, 42-6.
160: Metcalf (FS) pinned Justin Robertson, 2:33. FS, 48-6.
171: Cummings (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 54-6.
189: Singmaster (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 60-6.
215: Malveaux (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 66-6.
285: Eli Walrod (JL) pinned Bryant, :54. FS, 66-12.
WEBB CITY 57,
FORT SCOTT 21
103: T.Sharp (FS) pinned Brayden Goff, 3:42. FS, 6-0.
112: Cody Jolly (WC) won by forfeit. Tied, 6-6.
119: Davis (FS) pinned Landon Baker, 2:58. FS, 12-6.
125: J.Sharp (FS) pinned Jay Taft, :39. FS, 18-6.
130: Patrick Grigsby (WC) pinned Hughes, 3:20. FS, 18-12.
135: Justin Landes (WC) def. Durossette, 12-6. FS, 18-15.
140: Richard Rogers (WC) pinned Hoyle, :49. WC, 21-18.
145: Dalton Humphrey (WC) pinned Gillen, 3:50. WC, 27-18.
152: Breck Mitchell (WC) won by forfeit. WC, 33-18.
160: Metcalf (FS) def. Casey Craig, 7-1. WC, 33-21.
171: Ariel Bonilla (WC) pinned Cummings, 1:17. WC, 39-21.
189: Nick Lovejoy (WC) pinned Singmaster, :43. WC, 45-21.
215: Justin Jacks (WC) pinned Malveaux, 1:35. WC, 51-21.
285: Taven Meister (WC) pinned Bryant, 3:25. WC, 57-21.
FORT SCOTT 53,
SHAWNEE MISSION WEST 30
103: T.Sharp (FS) pinned Taylor Griffin, 3:41. FS, 6-0.
112: Matt Kostroske (SMW) won by forfeit. Tied, 6-6.
119: Davis (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 12-6.
125: J.Sharp (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 18-6.
130: Hughes (FS) pinned Joey Stinson, 3:32. FS, 24-6.
135: Davis Clum (SMW) pinned Durossette, 3:46. FS, 24-12.
140: Hoyle (FS) def. Grant Gottschalk by technical fall, 3:37. FS, 29-12
145: Tyler Allen (SMW) pinned Gillen, 1:31. FS, 29-18.
152: Jeb Stewart (SMW) won by forfeit. FS, 29-24.
160: Metcalf (FS) pinned Al Bradford, 4:00. FS, 35-24.
171: Cummings (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 41-24.
189: Singmaster (FS) pinned James Clayton, :24. FS. 47-24.
215: Malveaux (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 53-24.
285: Drew Maiden (SMW) pinned Bryant, 1:08. FS, 53-30.
FORT SCOTT 63,
103: T.Sharp (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 6-0.
112: Both teams open. FS, 6-0.
119: Davis (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 12-0.
125: J.Sharp (FS) pinned Michael Kelly, 1:00. FS, 18-0.
130: Hughes (FS) pinned Nate Madl, 3:24. FS, 24-0.
135: Durossette (FS) def. Ryan Ecret, 11-4. FS, 27-0.
140: Hoyle (FS) pinned Kenan Coatney, 3:55. FS, 33-0.
145: Mike Bolinger (C) pinned Gillen, :11. FS, 33-6.
152: Dusty Cook (C) won by forfeit. FS, 33-12.
160: Metcalf (FS) pinned Adam Heck, 3:59. FS, 39-12.
171: Cummings (FS) pinned Gavin Thorensen, 1:57. FS, 45-12.
189: Singmaster (FS) pinned Iannis Wagner, :49. FS, 51-12.
215: Malveaux (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 57-12.
285: Bryant (FS) pinned Neal Higginbotham, :30. FS, 63-12.
Webb City 49, Fort Scott 24
Cherryvale 54, Jayhawk-Linn 12
Webb City 65, Shawnee Mission West 15
Fort Scott 66, Jayhawk-Linn 12
Louisburg 60, Shawnee Mission West 24
Webb City 69, Cherryvale 12
Webb City 57, Fort Scott 21
Louisburg 66, Jayhawk-Linn 6
Shawnee Mission West 52, Cherryvale 35
Fort Scott 53, Shawnee Mission West 30
Webb City 72, Jayhawk-Linn 10
Louisburg 72, Cherryvale 12
Fort Scott 63, Cherryvale 12
Shawnee Mission West 53, Jayhawk-Linn 6
Louisburg 37, Webb City 34