ROSE HILL -- Six of the 10 Fort Scott High School wrestlers head coach David Brown brought here earned medals at the Rose Hill Tournament over the weekend.
"I thought we wrestled very well," Brown said. "This was good test for us heading into the final weeks. Western schools and bigger schools were on the menu and we got a pretty good sample and fared well."
As a team, the Tigers finished in ninth place with 96 points, just 1 1/2 behind Class 6A Hutchinson. Andover Central was the champion with 191 points followed by McPherson with 136 and Arkansas City and Derby tied with 131.
Victor Hughes, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A at 138 pounds by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, won the title in that weight class, going 4-0. he drew a first-round bye, then defeated Cory White of Augusta, 4-0, in the second round. Hughes took a 3-0 decision over Nic Augustine of Andover Central in the quarterfinals and a 4-2 verdict over Wyatt Villers of Arkansas City in the semifinals. Villers is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A.
In the finals, Hughes defeated Derby senior Brady Hinecker, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, by a 4-1 score. Hughes, a junior, improved to 35-3 on the season. The loss was just Hinecker's fourth of the season against 30 wins.
Sophomore Jacob Durossette, ranked No. 3 at 132, finished second in his class. He also drew a first-round bye before beating Brady Teufel of Arkansas City via technical fall in the second round. In the quarters, Durossette claimed a 6-2 decision over Tyler Laperre of Valley Center. In the semifinals, Durossette beat Brent Hamilton of Augusta on another technical fall.
In the finals, senior Shane Goetz of Hutchinson, ranked No. 4 in Class 6A, defeated Durossette, 7-5.
John Metcalf (33-10) finished third at 170. He drew a first-round bye then took a 9-2 decision over Taylor Brown of Andover Central in the second round. Levi Eck of Andale, the top-ranked wrestler in Class 4A who finished second at State at 145 last season, pinned Metcalf in the quarterfinals. Eck, who went on to pin Derek Bayless of Caney Valley in the finals, has lost just once this season.
In consolation, Metcalf took a 5-1 decision over Myles Stroud of Class 6A Derby, then a 9-5 verdict over Jacob Hill of Augusta and a 2-1 win over Lucas Mockenbury of Arkansas City in the consolation semifinal. In the third-place match, Metcalf won an 11-3 major decision in overtime against Silas Hopper of Valley Center.
Christian Tavenaro took fifth at 182 pounds. After drawing a first-round bye, he pinned Otey Spires of Arkansas City. In the quarterfinals, Dalton Rodd of Andover Central, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, claimed a 2-1 decision. Rodd went on win the bracket with a pin of Concordia's Brentin Blake, ranked sixth in 4A, in the final.
Tavenaro pinned Hutchinson's Chris Starks in his first consolation match, then pinned Derby's Armoni Coppins. He lost in the consolation semifinal to Luke Weldon of Valley Center, ranked sixth in 4A, 3-1. In the fifth-place match, Tavenaro claimed a 4-1 decision over McPherson's Dalton Clark.
Tyler Sharp finished sixth at 120 pounds. He drew a first-round bye then took a 7-0 decision over Caney Valley's Guy Kinder in the second round. Ben Lightfoot of Andover Central claimed a 1-0 win in the quarterfinals.
Sharp pinned Winfield's Tucker Drake in his first consolation match. He beat Jace Boon of Valley Center 10-1. Dalton Dietrich of Arkansas City, ranked sixth in Class 5A, won a 6-4 decision in the consolation semifinal. Jordan Mead of Independence won the fifth-place match, 10-4.
Jerad Heckman rounds out Tiger medalists as he finished sixth at 126. He drew a bye then took a 13-11 overtime decision over Caleb White of Mulvane. Rose Hill's Jake Wilson bumped Heckman to consolation with an 11-6 decision.
Heckman won another OT decision, this one by 2-1 over Andale Clay Kear in his first consolation match. In the next round, Heckman took a 3-2 decision over El Dorado's Cole Reinhardt. Hutchinson's Terry Wise took a 9-1 decision in the consolation semifinal and McPherson's Kaden Kretzer won the fifth-place match, 11-10.
Also competing for the Tigers were Cole Stewart, who went 1-2 at 106, John Hughes, 0-2 at 152, Cody Bunn, 1-2 at 160, and B.J. Wilson, 0-2 at 220.
The Tigers compete in their final regular-season triangular Thursday night at Columbus, which will be the Titans' final wrestling event in Southeast Kansas League competition before the school leaves the league at the end of the school year. Chanute, coached by FSHS graduate Andy Albright, will also be at the triangular.
February 17 and 18, Fort Scott will be the host school for a Class 4A Regional Tournament. More details on the two-day, 15-school event will come in later editions. Each of the nine SEK schools will be in attendance.
1. Andover Central 191, 2. McPherson 136, 3 (tie). Derby and Arkansas City 131, 5. Andale 115.5;
6. Valley Center 112, 7. Concordia 105, 8. Hutchinson 97.5, 9. Fort Scott 96, 10. Mulvane 94.5,
11. Chanute 83.5, 12. El Dorado, 72.5, 13. Augusta 71, 14. Caney Valley 69, 15. Rose Hill 39.5,
16. Maize South 36, 17. Independence 23, 18. Winfield 22, 19. Wellington 21.