The Tigers won three of their five duals, losing to Blue Valley Southwest in a pool match. Four wrestlers went undefeated with Tyler Sharp, Victor Hughes and John Metcalf wrestling five times each and Dane Cummings wrestling three times and receiving two forfeits. J.T. Heckman was 4-1.
"We had some kids who put out some tremendous effort today," Fort Scott head coach David Brown said. "Christian Tavenaro wrestled two matches against Blue Valley Southwest that were classic matches. Both kids will remember that for a long time and a lot of the crowd watching will remember that because they were exciting, they were close and they were hard-fought battles."
"Blue Valley Southwest is a pretty large program," Brown said. "Coach (Cody) Parks says he's got 51 out so he has a lot of kids to select from. A lot of those kids wrestle a significant amount of time. They're sort of specialists. At times, they're working on wrestling while kids like ours are working on being (all-around) athletes and doing other things. I think technique and mat awareness, things like that, we'll catch up in that respect over the course of the season."
With seven teams, the pools were uneven. Fort Scott, Southwest, Shawnee Mission West and Paola were in one pool but wrestled only two bouts each. Jayhawk-Linn, coached by former Tiger Brett Kramer, Louisburg and Parsons were in the other.
The championship semifinals just happened to have all four teams from the Tigers' pool and they, coincidentally, were faced with the one team they did not face in the pool. Paola finished third by beating West, 48-30. Louisburg took fifth place by a 48-18 decision over Jayhawk-Linn. Parsons placed seventh.
Fort Scott's first dual in pool action was against Shawnee Mission West. The Class 4A Tigers dominated the Class 6A Vikings, 57-12. Five Tigers -- Heckman (126 pounds), Jacob Durossette (132), V.Hughes (138), Metcalf (170) and Cummings (195) -- won by pin.
Sharp won his 120-pound bout over Danny Kostroske, 8-7, with an escape and a takedown in the third period. Cody Bunn, wrestling his first varsity match, took West's Jake Yankovich to overtime before dropping a 12-10 decision at 160.
Fort Scott led that match 27-0 before Shawnee Mission West got its first victory. Cole Stewart (106), Race Kastl (152), Tavenaro (182) and Dakota Singmaster (285) received wins by forfeit.
The first match against Southwest swung on the 182-pound match. Jacob Currence took down Fort Scott's Christian Tavenaro with just eight seconds remaining to take a 3-1 decision. That put the Timberwolves ahead 39-21.
Heckman, V.Hughes and Metcalf each had pins. Sharp took a 9-5 decision over Zack Rosenkrans. Dane Cummings took a 5-0 win over T.J. Martin -- scoring all the points in the first period -- and Singmaster received another forfeit.
Southwest won its other pool dual, 57-18, over Paola. Paola defeated SM West, 45-27. Louisburg won both its duals in the other pool, 48-24 over Parsons and 52-24 over Jayhawk-Linn and was placed against Paola in the bracket. Jayhawk-Linn beat Parsons in the other dual, 39-24.
Southwest wrestled a team made up of junior varsity wrestlers so that it would not sit idle for an excessive amount of time in the bracket portion of the tournament. Shawnee Mission West beat Jayhawk-Linn, 48-24, Paola downed Louisburg, 49-30, and Fort Scott routed Parsons, 67-6.
Parsons' only victory in that dual came via forfeit. The Vikings forfeited seven matches, giving Stewart, Kastl, Bunn, Tavenaro, Cummings, Wilson and Singmaster walkover victories.
Fort Scott won each of the five matches that were held. Sharp, Heckman and Metcalf recorded pins. V.Hughes beat Dalton Murdock, 13-4, at 138. John Hughes defeated Courtland Edwards, 13-4, at 152.
In consolation, Jayhawk-Linn wrestled the JV team while Louisburg beat Parsons, 47-24. Then the Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks, 48-18, in the fifth-place match.
Because of the way the brackets unfolded, there were four pool rematches including the final. It wasn't ideal but that was a quirk that was likely to happen with only seven teams.
"We made it work," Brown said. "We creatively worked around things. And that's a credit to my colleagues in the coaching ranks. They were very kind about, 'We'll do this and we'll get as many matches in as we can.' There was no major complaint. A couple of points, they could have. Hopefully, we'll remedy that by picking up an eighth team next year so that it's a nice even two-pool double-match out and then you can have one-versus-one, two-versus-two and so on down the line. That's the easiest way."
On the championship side of the bracket, Southwest beat SM West, 54-12, in one semifinal while the Tigers got by Paola, 40-36. Each team forfeited one of the first two matches. Sharp took a 12-0 decision over Bryan Ebeling at 120. Heckman pinned Connor Patton in the second period of the 126-pound match, which gave Fort Scott a 16-6 lead.
Fort Scott left 132 open to move Victor Hughes up to 132 pounds. He moved up to take the place of Durossette, who was overcome by illness in the pool bout against Southwest and was unable to return. Hughes pinned Conner Maynard in the second period.
"Bless his heart, he's went through a rough time and he's trying to battle back from an injury," Brown said about Durossette. "And I still think he's less than 100 percent. But this was good to get him confident that the knee's not going to be too much of a problem."
John Hughes pinned Curtis Moore in the second period at 145, which increased Fort Scott's lead to 28-12 before Paola collected another forfeit at 152. Tanner Staats was moved up from 152 to 160 to face Bunn, who he pinned in the second period to bring the Panthers within 28-24.
Metcalf took a 7-1 decision over Derek Weaver at 170 to put the Tigers up by 6 points. But Paola's Tyler Henness pinned Tavenaro right at the buzzer for the end of the first period to bring the Panthers within one point.
Cummings collected a forfeit at 195, then B.J. Wilson outscored Keegan Sutti 6-2 in the third period at 220 to win that match 13-10 and clinch the dual for the Tigers. Joe Pomatto pinned Singmaster at 285 to finish the dual.
Paola went on to beat SM West, 48-30, in the third-place match.
Southwest took a 15-0 lead in the finals on a minor decision, a forfeit and a pin. Sharp moved up a class and defeated Devin Tate, 12-2, at 126 to give the Tigers their first points. Heckman also moved up to take on Sawyer Like at 132, but Like took a 15-6 decision that increased the T-Wolves' lead to 19-4.
(Sharp) stepped up, bumped up a weight class and came away with a win" Brown said. "And he still looks rusty at times. But I think that's going to get taken of when he gets more time in the wrestling room with Jacob and his group and we get a chance to go harder and longer.
"I know at times I saw Heckman move with more speed than he's ever shown. He took on the job in that last dual to bump up and see if we could score more points and did a very good job against a great kid. "
Victor Hughes pinned Joe Lemieux with 33 seconds left in the 138-pound match. Southwest won the next three bouts with a minor decision and two pins, boosting the margin to 34-10. Metcalf came through with a pin over Gleysteen at 170 with 23 seconds left in the match.
Again, the 182-pound match was key as Tavenaro and Currence met again. The first period ended scoreless. Tavenaro scored the only point of the second period on an escape.
Currence scored a takedown early in the third period but Tavenaro escaped again, tying the score at 2-2. That's how the period ended, so overtime was required.
The first overtime period begins with the wrestlers in the neutral position. One minute goes on the clock and whoever scores first wins the match. Neither wrestler was able to complete a move, so the second overtime was held.
The second overtime is two 30-second periods with each wrestler getting a chance to start one period with the advantage. Tavenaro chose to start the first half of the period down but he could not escape and Currence could not get a pin. Currence began the second 30 seconds down. He got a reversal, then three near-fall points to win the match, 7-2. That gave his team a 37-16 lead, clinching the team title.
"Christian Tavenaro wrestled two matches against Blue Valley Southwest that were classic matches," Brown said. "Both kids will remember that for a long time and a lot of the crowd watching will remember that because they were exciting, they were close and they were hard-fought battles. "
Cummings pinned Martin in 1:11 at 195. Anthony Fitchett defeated Wilson, 9-1, at 220. Both teams were open at 285.
"We had some kids who put out some tremendous effort today," Brown said. "We're still relatively young when you stop to think about it with only three seniors -- two who have wrestling experience. Dane Cummings at times looked absolutely overwhelming. And he'll admit -- and he did -- that he's got more in his gas tank than what he was putting out.
"The rest of the lineup is underclassmen. John Hughes has improved dramatically. Vic Hughes is pretty dominant in his matches. Overall, out of our lineup, John Metcalf was a polished as anybody. That's saying something with the work he's put in during the last three weeks to get ready. He's worked pretty hard to cut significant amount of weight to get to 170. He was more active than you would expect from someone who was cutting off quite a few pounds to get to where he needed to be."
Considering the Tigers lost twice to a large Class 5A school but beat a 6A school and two 4A rivals, it may appear that they're set up to do some big things. But Brown seemed to be cautiously optimistic.
"Early in the season, it's hard to tell how people are operating," Brown said. "And as I told the kids, It's great to come away with a win. It's awesome to come away with a trophy and put it in the case with many others. But it's the matches in February that count the most and these are a constructive build to get to that point."
The Tigers will wrestle at the Eudora Dual Tournament this weekend. Action begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
NOTES -- The story in the Tribune's Winter Sports Edition published Thursday stated in error that Webb City, Mo. would be present. The Tribune regrets the error....
Fort Scott 57, Shawnee Mission West 12
Blue Valley Southwest 57, Paola 18
Louisburg 48, Parsons 24
Blue Valley Southwest 45, Fort Scott 30
Paola 45, Shawnee Mission West 27
Louisburg 52, Jayhawk-Linn 24
Jayhawk-Linn 39, Parsons 24
Shawnee Mission West 48, Jayhawk-Linn 24
Fort Scott 67, Parsons 6
Paola 49, Louisburg 30
Louisburg 47, Parsons 24
Blue Valley Southwest 54, Shawnee Mission West 12
Fort Scott 40, Paola 36
Louisburg 48, Jayhawk-Linn 18 (5th)
Paola 48, Shawnee Mission West 30 (3rd)
Blue Valley Southwest 41, Fort Scott 22 (1st)
106: Cole Stewart (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 6-0.
113: Both teams open. FS, 6-0.
120: Tyler Sharp (FS) def. Danny Kostroske, 8-7. FS, 9-0.
126: Jerad Heckman (FS) pinned Cody Rader, 1:26. FS, 15-0.
132: Jacob Durossette (FS) pinned Tanner Griffin, 3:43. FS, 21-0.
138: Victor Hughes (FS) pinned Ishmael Campbell, 1:04. FS, 27-0.
145: Davis Clum (SMW) def. John Hughes, 8-5. FS, 27-3.
152: Race Kastl (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 33-3.
160: Jake Yankovich (SMW) def. Cody Bunn, 12-10, OT. FS, 33-6.
170: John Metcalf (FS) pinned Jordan Dillard, 5:04. FS, 39-6.
182: Christian Tavenaro (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 45-6.
195: Dane Cummings (FS) pinned Lee Spight, :53. FS, 51-6.
220: Marquan Osbey (SMW) pinned B.J. Wilson, 1:18. FS, 51-12.
285: Dakota Singmaster (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 57-12.
106: Adam Pelfrey (BVSW) pinned Stewart, 3:49. BVSW, 6-0.
113: Troy Groddenberg (BVSW) won by forfeit. BVSW, 12-0.
120: Sharp (FS) def. Zack Rosenkrans, 9-5. BVSW, 12-3.
126: Heckman (FS) pinned Devin Tate, 1:22. BVSW, 12-9.
132: Sawyer Like (BVSW) pinned Durossette, 2:50. BVSW, 18-9.
138: V.Hughes (FS) pinned Joe Lemieux, 3:36. BVSW, 18-15.
145: Logan Bjorgo (BVSW) pinned J.Hughes, :59. BVSW, 24-15.
152: Chase Currier (BVSW) won by forfeit. BVSW, 30-15.
160: Matt McWhorter (BVSW) pinned Bunn, :36. BVSW, 36-15.
170: Metcalf (FS) pinned Tyler Gleysteen, 4;50. BVSW, 36-21.
182: Jacob Currence (FS) def. Christian Tavenaro, 3-1. BVSW, 39-21.
195: Cummings (FS) def. T.J. Martin, 5-0. BVSW, 39-24.
220: Anthony Fitchett (BVSW) pinned Wilson, 2:30. BVSW, 45-24.
285: Singmaster (FS) won by forfeit. BVSW, 45-30.
106: Stewart (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 6-0.
113: Both teams open. FS, 6-0.
120: Sharp (FS) pinned Andrew Fix, 5:40. FS, 12-0.
126: Heckman (FS) pinned Joey Sanders, 1:17. FS, 18-0.
132: Thatcher Murdock (P) won by forfeit. FS, 18-6.
138: V.Hughes (FS) def. Dalton Murdock, 5-0. FS, 21-6.
145: Kastl (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 27-6.
152: J.Hughes (FS) def. Courtland Edwards, 13-4. FS, 31-6.
160: Bunn (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 37-6.
170: Metcalf (FS) pinned Nathan Purcell, 3:18. FS, 43-6.
182: Tavenaro (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 49-6.
195: Cummings (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 55-6.
220: Wilson (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 61-6.
285: Singmaster (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 67-6.
103: Stewart (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 6-0.
113: Zach Chapman (P) won by forfeit. Tied, 6-6.
120: Sharp (FS) def. Bryan Ebeling, 12-0. FS, 10-6.
126: Heckman (FS) pinned Connor Patton, 3:23. FS, 16-6.
132: Daniel Dees (P) won by forfeit. FS, 16-12.
138: V.Hughes (FS) pinned Conner Manyard, 3:20. FS, 22-12.
145: J.Hughes (FS) pinned Curtis Moore, 2:34. FS, 28-12.
152: Travis Thomas (P) won by forfeit. FS, 28-18.
160: Tanner Staats (P) pinned Bunn, 2:47. FS, 28-24.
170: Metcalf (FS) def. Kurt Weaver, 7-1. FS, 31-24.
182: Tyler Henness (P) pinned Tavenaro, 2:00. FS, 31-30.
195: Cummings (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 37-30.
220: Wilson (FS) def. Keegan Sutti, 13-10. FS, 40-30.
285: Joe Pomatto (P) pinned Singmaster, 4:31. FS, 40-36.
103: Pelfrey (BVSW) def. Stewart, 14-7. BVSW, 3-0.
112: Groddenberg (BVSW) won by forfeit. BVSW, 9-0.
120: Rosenkrans (BVSW) pinned Garren Lorenz, 1:05. BVSW, 15-0.
126: Sharp (FS) def. Tate, 12-2. BVSW, 15-3.
132: Like (BVSW) def. Heckman, 15-6. BVSW, 19-3.
138: V.Hughes (FS) pinned Lemiuex, 5:27. BVSW, 19-10.
145: Bjorgo (BVSW) def. J.Hughes, 4-3. BVSW, 22-10.
152: Currier (BVSW) pinned Kastl, 1:50. BVSW, 28-10.
160: McWhorter (BVSW) pinned Bunn, 1:09. BVSW, 34-10.
170: Metcalf (FS) pinned Gleysteen, 5:37. BVSW, 34-16.
182: Currence (BVSW) def. Tavenaro, 7-2, 2 OT. BVSW, 37-16.
195: Cummings (FS) pinned Martin, 1:11.BVSW, 37-22.
220: Fitchett (BVSW) def. Wilson, 9-1. BVSW, 41-22.
285: Both teams open. BVSW, 41-22.