(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Three of those wrestlers will go to Salina this Friday and Saturday as Regional champions: senior Dane Cummings at 195 pounds, junior Victor Hughes at 138 pounds and sophomore Jacob Durossette at 132 pounds.
Also going to State will be senior Christian Tavenaro, junior John Metcalf, and sophomores Jerad Heckman and John Hughes. Tavenaro finished third at 182 pounds, Metcalf second at 170, Heckman second at 126 and Hughes third at 138.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Pittsburg, with four champs and 10 qualifiers, won the team title with 220 points while Prairie View was second with 184.5 and Chanute took third with 173.0. Fort Scott finished in fourth place with 170.5 points.
Each championship finalist only had to wrestle one match on Saturday. Durossette (29-5) took to the mat first against a 40-match winner, Jace Roy of Prairie View. Durossette went up 5-0 in the first period. Roy scored the only points in the second period. Then Durossette escaped Roy's control (one point) and took him down to the mat (two points) to score the final points of an 8-2 victory.
"Jake Durossette is an animal and he proved it tonight," Brown said. "He just mowed on through. It's amazing to see how he can use his quickness and low center of gravity to his advantage."
Victor Hughes (43-3) scored the only points of the 138-pound championship match when he reversed (two points) out of the control of Osawatomie's Andrew Cannon with 1:41 to go in the third period.
"Vic Hughes is the toughest kid on top in the state," Brown said. "He can prevent people from doing anything while still being active. It's a huge skill. I don't think he's come away from a tournament this year without a first-place medal. So if he's used to that, he might as well do it again next week."
Durossette and Hughes will both be going to State for the second time. Cummings (25-5) earned his first trip there with a 5-2 victory over Columbus' Gavin Houser. The score was tied 2-2 but then Cummings scored an escape and a reversal in the third period.
"Dane gave a shot (to pin) in the finals," Brown said, "but when you've wrestled a guy two or three times, they're going to do things to stop that. He did a good job of preventing Dane from using his best moves and Dave adapted and went to something else. That shows the maturity of a senior. He has more than one facet to his attack."
Metcalf (41-12) will also be going to State for the second time. He faced Paola's Dylan McKinney in the 170 finals. McKinney had missed most of the season due to an injury and was wrestling just his second event of the season. He had qualified for State the past two years and showed that form in a 13-4 win over Metcalf.
"John wrestled a really good kid," Brown said. "(McKinney) is a quality winner. I think give him two out of three tries, we're going to get our share. Hopefully, we build up next week, get better and if we catch him again, maybe we get a different outcome."
Heckman (35-13) was pitted against Louisburg senior Austin Hood, the defending State 4A champion at 119 who was ranked No. 1 in the State and undefeated. Hood (39-0) pinned Heckman with 4 1/2 seconds left in the second period of the 126-pound championship match.
"He wrestled a game match against probably one of the better kids in the state," Brown said. "He's gained a lot of ground this year and I think facing that No. 1 guy sets him up in a pretty good position when we start seeing people next weekend at Salina."
The wrestlers who advanced to the third-place matches had to wrestle at least twice to get there. John Hughes (31-17) pinned his first opponent, Ottawa's Caleb Parenti, in the middle of the second period. He want on to take the third-place match, 5-0, over Independence's Cole Keller.
"We got kind of excited for his (semifinal) match when he won and qualified for State," Brown said. "My daughter said, 'This is the first time I've seen you jump up excited.' It was exciting. Then he went out and wrestled a manageable match in the finals.
Tavenaro (32-16), wrestling with a face mask to protect a broken nose which made it difficult to breathe, took an 8-0 victory over Iola's Bryce Misenhelter in the consolation semifinal. He defeated Matt Lofing of Osawatomie, 5-3, in the third-place match.
"Christian is a warrior," Brown said. "He battled against a kid he'd lost to 3-2 earlier in the year."
Sophomore Cole Stewart (24-20) wrestled twice Saturday at 106 pounds. He won by technical fall, 15-0, over Chanute's Jayson Ports in the consolation quarterfinal, which was stopped with 20 seconds left. Derek Creel of Columbus eliminated Stewart with a technical fall in the consolation quarterfinals.
"I love that Cole really detests losing and now we have to get him to use that as motivation," Brown said. "He's seen the light here in terms of what he can do. I'm anxious for him to return next year and see the progress he's going to be able to make."
Junior Tyler Sharp (31-17) was looking to make his third straight trip to State. He pinned his first opponent of the day, Paola's Zach Chapman, with 46 seconds left in his second-round consolation match. He needed a third-period reversal to beat Parsons' Andrew Fix, 6-5, in the consolation quarters.
In the consolation semifinal, Pittsburg's Parker Fields held a 2-0 lead after the first period and was ahead 4-2 after two. Sharp got a reversal with 1:01 to go in the match. But Fields reversed with 40 seconds to go then got a near fall. Sharp escaped but time was nearly out and Fields prevailed, 9-5, to end Sharp's season. Fields went on to finish third.
"Just absolutely heartbroken," Brown said. "We knew it was going to be tough against (Fields) who he had wrestled twice. Hopefully, he can build from this. Jeff Madison comes to mind as a kid who had problems and then came back dominant as a senior. He didn't qualify (as a junior) and then came back and was a State runner-up."
Junior Cody Bunn (19-20) began his Saturday at 160 by pinning Louisburg's Shea Cox in just 22 seconds. But he was eliminated when Alex Tucker of Ottawa pinned him in 1 minute, 44 seconds.
"Cody's a great kid," Brown said. "We're going to get him coached up next year and he's going to work hard."
Junior B.J. Wilson (23-18) pinned Ottawa's Franklin Windler in 33 seconds in his first match Saturday at 220 pounds. Chanute's Jordan Drybread, who went on to finish third, eliminated Wilson with a pin of his own.
"It just didn't work out for him tonight," Brown said. "Hopefully, he'll continue to progress and next year, we'll get him on a roll."
The Class 4A State Tournament will be held at Salina's Bicentennial Center Friday and Saturday. The gates will open two hours before competition begins each day.
The first round begins at 10 a.m. Friday. The championship quarterfinals start at 2 p.m. The first-round of consolation will begin at 4 p.m. with the championship semifinals to begin no earlier than 4:30.
Saturday, consolation cross-bracketing starts at 9 a.m. followed by consolation quarterfinals at 10:45, consolation semifinals at 12:15, the fifth-place matches at 2 p.m. and the third-place bouts at 3 p.m.
The Parade of Champions will take place 40 minutes after the conclusion of the consolation finals. The championship finals will begin five minutes after the Parade of Champions.
NOTES -- The last time Fort Scott sent seven to State was 2006. That year, Dakotah Gettler finished fourth at 171 pounds, Gary Wiggans placed fourth at 285 and Dakota Hall finished sixth at 152. Cody Kramer, Josh Sharp, Blake Nelson and Jordan Renfro also qualified that year....
|2. Prairie View||184.5||2||4||1||1||8|
|4. Fort Scott||170.5||3||2||2||0||7|
|14. Labette County||40.0||0||0||1||0||1|
|15. Anderson County||20.0||0||0||0||0||0|
Cole Stewart, 106 pounds
Final season record: 24-20
Championship first round: pinned Tyler Williams, Osawatomie, 1:30.
Championship quarterfinal: Caleb Jesse, Independence, won 3-2 decision.
Consolation quarterfinal: def. Jayson Ports, Chanute, by technical fall, 4:40.
Consolation semifinal: Derek Creel, Columbus, won by technical fall, 3:22.
Tyler Sharp, 120 pounds
Final season record: 31-17
Championship quarterfinal: Chase Cole, Chanute, won by pin, 3:20.
Consolation second round: Pinned Zach Chapman, Paola, 5:14.
Consolation quarterfinal: def. Andrew Fix, Parsons, 6-5.
Consolation semifinal: Parker Fields, Pittsburg, won 9-5 decision.
Jerad Heckman, second place, 126 pounds
Season record: 35-13
Championship first round: Pinned Kaleb Mock, Iola, 3:32.
Championship quarterfinal: Pinned Hunter Peoples, Ottawa, 3:11.
Championship semifinal: def. Brett Cobb, Pittsburg, 8-2.
Championship: Austin Hood, Louisburg, won by pin, 3:56.
Jacob Durossette, champion, 132 pounds
Season record: 29-5
Championship first round: Pinned Austen Scott, Louisburg, 1:25.
Championship quarterfinal: Pinned Cody Conner, Iola, :52.
Championship semifinal: def. Jacob Wools, Pittsburg, 10-5.
Championship: def. Jace Roy, Prairie View, 10-5.
Victor Hughes, champion, 138 pounds
Season record: 43-3
Championship quarterfinal: Pinned Ryan Allen, Anderson County, :59.
Championship semifinal: def. Jared Fiscus, Chanute, 1-0.
Championship: def. Andrew Cannon, Osawatomie, 2-0.
Caleb Gazaway, 145 pounds
Final season record: 3-18
Championship first round: Blayne Kimmel, Coffeyville, won by pin, 1:26.
Consolation first round: Jacob Rhoads, Iola, won 13-4 decision.
John Hughes, third place, 152 pounds
Season record: 31-17
Championship quarterfinal: Pinned Curtis Lemke, Louisburg, 2:00.
Championship semifinal: Derek Frost, Coffeyville, won by decision, 8-3.
Consolation semifinal: Pinned Caleb Parenti, Ottawa, 2:00.
Third-place match: def. Cole Keller, Independence, 5-0.
Cody Bunn, 160 pounds
Final season record: 19-20
Championship quarterfinal: Devin Culler, Iola, won by technical fall, 4:20.
Consolation second round: Pinned Shea Cox, Louisburg, :22.
Consolation quarterfinal: Alex Tucker, Ottawa, won by pin, 1:44.
John Metcalf, second place, 170 pounds
Season record: 41-12
Championship first round: Pinned Zak Higgins, Osawatomie, 1:22.
Championship quarterfinal: def. Seth Sullivan, Columbus, 11-3.
Championship semifinal: def. Brendan Maxwell, Pittsburg, 4-1.
Championship: Dylan McKinney, Paola, won by decision, 13-4.
Christian Tavenaro, third place, 182 pounds
Season record: 32-16
Championship first round: Pinned Tim Cornerr, Anderson County, :28.
Championship quarterfinal: Pinned Matt Martinez, Parsons, 2:25.
Championship semifinal: Brent Koehn, Pittsburg, won by decision, 7-4.
Consolation semifinal: def. Bryce Misenhelter, Iola, 8-0.
Third-place match: def. Matt Lofing, Osawatomie, 5-3.
Dane Cummnigs, champion, 195 pounds
Season record: 25-5
Championship first round: Pinned Tyler Daniels, Osawatomie, 4:25.
Championship quarterfinal: Pinned Denton Christian, Iola, :15.
Championship semifinal: Pinned Josh Smeed, Chanute, :33.
Championship: def. Gavin Houser, Columbus, 5-2.
B.J. Wilson, 220 pounds
Final season record: 23-18
Championship quarterfinal: Matt Kellerman, Prairie View, won by pin, 1:57.
Consolation quarterfinal: Pinned Franklin Widler, Ottawa, :33.
Consolation semifinal: Jordan Drybread, Chanute, won by pin, 1:47.
The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the State Tournament.
Championship match: Levi Kester, Pittsburg, def. Chaz Epperson, Prairie View, injury default.
Third-place match: Carl Jesse, Independence, def. Derek Creel, Columbus, 4-2.
Championship match: Adam Cole, Chanute, pinned Jeremiah Jones, Pittsburg, 3:00.
Third-place match: Ryan Brocker, Paola, def. Arthur Jesse, Independence, 13-3.
Championship match: Kaleb Konitzer, Prairie View, def. Cullen Hood, Louisburg, 7-0.
Third-place match: Parker Fields, Pittsburg, pinned Chase Cole, Chanute, 3:00.
Championship match: Austin Hood, Louisburg, pinned Jerad Heckman, Fort Scott, 3:56.
Third-place match: Dannon Brake, Prairie View, def. Brett Cobb, Pittsburg, 8-3.
Championship match: Jacob Durossette, Fort Scott, def. Jace Roy, Prairie View, 8-2.
Third-place match: Thatcher Murdock, Parsons, def. Jacob Wools, Pittsburg, 3-1, OT.
Championship match: Victor Hughes, Fort Scott, def. Andrew Cannon, Osawatomie, 2-0.
Third-place match: Jared Fiscus, Chanute, def. Taylor Watkins, Columbus, 2-1, 2 OT.
Championship match: Aaron Seybold, Pittsburg, def. Tanner Staats, Paola, 11-0.
Third-place match: Blayne Kimmel, Coffeyville, pinned Austin Caskey, Louisburg, 2:08.
Championship match: Alex Son, def. Derek Frost, Coffeyville, 4-3.
Third-place match: John Hughes, Fort Scott, def. Cole Keller, Independence, 5-0.
Championship match: Sam Son, Chanute, def. Josh Thoele, Prairie View, injury default.
Third-place match: Devin Culler, Iola, def. Kurt Weaver, Paola, 3-1.
Championship match: Dylan McKinney, Paola, def. John Metcalf, Fort Scott, 13-4.
Third-place match: Skylar McGinnis, Chanute, def. Brendan Maxwell, Pittsburg, 3-2.
Championship match: Jake Bradley, Prairie View, def. Brent Koehn, Pittsburg, 9-3.
Third-place match: Christian Tavenaro, Fort Scott, def. Matt Lofing, Osawatomie, 5-3.
Championship match: Dane Cummings, Fort Scott, def. Gavin Houser, Columbus, 5-2.
Third-place match: Josh Smeed, Chanute, def. Jordan Halaquist, Prairie View, 3-2.
Championship match: Gersham Avalos, Pittsburg, def. Matt Kellerman, Prairie View, 4-3.
Third-place match: Jordan Drybread, Chanute, pinned Tanner Foulk, Osawatomie, 3:36.
Championship match: Broc Bennett, Pittsburg, def. Joe Pomatto, Paola, 5-0.
Third-place match: Spencer Gatewood, Labette County, pinned Trey Colburn, Iola, 2:18.