(Kenny Felt/Exclusive to the Tribune)
"That itself is something I'll have to sit down and study," Fort Scott head coach David Brown said of the Tigers' feat. "It's not very often you'll have so few contestants and be able to amass victories in a dual. When you give up that many touchdowns (forfeits, which score 6 points to the opponent), it's a challenge.
"What worked in our favor in a couple of duals is that the other team also had opens. The nine we put on the mat came to wrestle very well."
Each Tiger wrestled at least two matches, so all came away with at least the amount of work one gets during a weeknight triangular.
Jerad Heckman (132/138) wrestled four times and finished 4-1 with four pins. Freshman Phillip Moran (103) was 4-1 with two pins. B.J. Wilson was 3-0 at 220 pounds with two pins and 3-1 overall. Brendan Blackburn was 3-1 at 285. Hayes Howser wrestled twice at 220 and was 1-1 with a pin.
Second to Southwest, even if Fort Scott had been able to fill more slots, is nothing to be crestfallen over. The Class 5A team is expected to be one of the top in the Kansas City area.
"We feel we performed top end today," Brown said. "And in a lot of cases, exceeded some expectations. Southwest, that was going to be a dogfight to even keep close with only nine wrestlers and, basically, their full lineup. If we fill our lineup, it's still going to be a tough battle.
"We went in with the attitude that we were going to give it our best shot to win."
Fort Scott opened the morning with a 49-24 win over Louisburg. The Tigers won every match held, five by pin. Both teams were open at 152 pounds and the Wildcats' only wins came from the forfeits they received.
Moran started that dual by pinning Adam Harris with 26 seconds remaining in the second period to pick up his first high-school victory in his initial match.
Next came a 43-30 win over Paola. Both teams were open at 126 and the Panthers only won one match on the mat, the 285-pound bout. V.Hughes picked up the 100th victory of his high-school career in that dual, shutting out Connor Patton, 5-0.
The Tigers took care of Anderson County in the third round, 51-24, again only giving up points on forfeits. Both teams were open at 152 and Fort Scott recorded pins in eight of their nine wins. John Metcalf's pin of Tim Cornett at 195 was his 90th high-school victory. Blackburn needed only 22 seconds to stick Allen Young at 285.
Blue Valley Southwest won its first round dual over Shawnee Mission West, 48-21. The Wolves took the second-round from Louisburg, 51-21. And they dominated Paola, 41-22, in the third round to set up a fourth-round match of unbeaten teams.
Southwest gained the early edge as Marty Varhaeghe pinned Moran. Stewart took a forfeit and Sharp won a 6-1 decision over Adam Pelfry to give the Tigers a 9-6 lead.
Nathan Wood received a forfeit at 126 and Saywer Like defeated Heckman by technical fall at 132 to put the Wolves ahead, 17-12.
V. Hughes pinned Devin Tate with just under a minute remaining at 138 to bring the Tigers within two in the team score. But being open at four of the next five weights saw the Wolves clinch the bout, ahead 41-20.
Although John Hughes gave Fort Scott 5 points with his technical fall over Dylan O'Dell at 160, the Tigers' maximum possible score was 39 points. Metcalf defeated T.J. Martin, 5-2, at 195. Blackburn took a 3-2 overtime decision over Kyle Pepper with an escape with 18 seconds remaining in the extra session.
Southwest went on to beat Anderson County, 60-15, in the final round to complete its unbeaten run through the tournament. Fort Scott went on to a 45-18 win over Class 6A Shawnee Mission West. There were only five matches in that dual as the Vikings brought only seven wrestlers.
Fort Scott won four of the five matches. Heckman moved up to 138 and pinned Aaron Taylor. V.Hughes moved up to 145 and pinned Eska Ntakirutimana in 1 minute, 7 seconds. John Hughes scored a takedown with 5 seconds left in the 160-pound bout to take a 6-5 win over Swedi Ntakirutimana. And Howser quickly turned around an initial disadvantage to pin Lee Spight 1:02 into the 220 match.
Paola finished in third place while Anderson County was fourth, Louisburg fifth and Shawnee Mission West sixth.
The Tigers will be in the field at the Eudora Tournament this weekend. Friday's action begins at 1:30 with Saturday's session set to begin at 9 a.m.
|Blue Valley Southwest||5-0|
|Shawnee Mission West||0-5|
Round-by-round team scores
Fort Scott 49, Louisburg 24
Blue Valley Southwest 48, Shawnee Mission West 21
Paola 43, Anderson County 33
Fort Scott 43, Paola 30
Anderson County 42, Shawnee Mission West 29
Blue Valley Southwest 51, Louisburg 21
Fort Scott 51, Anderson County 24
Blue Valley Southwest 41, Paola 22
Louisburg 42, Shawnee Mission West 33
Blue Valley Southwest 47, Fort Scott 26
Paola 43, Shawnee Mission West 21
Anderson County 41, Louisburg 32
Fort Scott 45, Shawnee Mission West 18
Blue Valley Southwest 60, Anderson County 15
Paola 36, Louisburg 30
Fort Scott duals
FORT SCOTT 49, LOUISBURG 24
106: Phillip Moran (FS) pinned Adam Harris, 3:34. FS, 6-0.
113: Cole Stewart (FS) pinned Parker Cates, 3:39. FS, 12-0.
120: Tyler Sharp (FS) def. Zach Knox, 13-0. FS, 16-0.
126: Cullen Hood (L) won by forfeit. FS, 16-6.
132: Jerad Heckman (FS) pinned Austen Scott, 2:43. FS, 22-6.
138: Victor Hughes (FS) pinned Ben Powers, 1:44. FS, 28-6.
145: Sean Dennis (L) won by forfeit. FS, 28-12.
152: Both teams open. FS, 28-12.
160: John Hughes (FS) pinned Dylan York, 2:22. FS, 34-12.
170: Brenton Wrigley (L) won by forfeit. FS, 34-18.
182: T.J. McKiernan (L) won by forfeit. FS, 34-24.
195: John Metcalf won by forfeit. FS, 40-24.
220: B.J. Wilson (FS) pinned Anders Vance, 1:07. FS, 46-24.
285: Brendan Backburn (FS) def. Kade Larson, 8-3. FS, 49-24.
FORT SCOTT 43, PAOLA 30
106: Moran (FS) pinned Ty Hollinger, 2:32. FS, 6-0.
113: Stewart (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 12-0.
120: Sharp (FS) pinned Clay Burnett, 3:29. FS, 18-0.
126: Both teams open. FS, 18-0.
132: Heckman (FS) pinned Chase Holub, 3:23. FS, 24-0.
138: V.Hughes (FS) def. Connor Patton, 5-0. FS, 27-0.
145: Daniel Dees (P) won by forfeit. FS, 27-6.
152: ExZavier Miller (P) won by forfeit. FS, 27-12.
160: J.Hughes (FS) def. Chase Patton, 11-1. FS, 31-12.
170: Derek Weaver (P) won by forfeit. FS, 31-18.
182: Duncan Watrous (P) won by forfeit. FS, 31-24.
195: Metcalf won by forfeit. FS, 37-24.
220: Wilson (FS) pinned Brennan Haley, :30. FS, 43-24.
285: Joe Pomatto (P) pinned Blackburn, 1:49. FS, 43-30.
FORT SCOTT 51, ANDERSON COUNTY 24
106: Moran (FS) def. Tyler Belshe, 5-0. FS, 3-0.
113: Stewart (FS) pinned Blade Marmon, :54. FS, 9-0.
120: Sharp (FS) pinned Jaiden Drimmel, 1:56. FS, 15-0.
126: Mick Weatherbee (AC) won by forfeit. FS, 15-6.
132: Heckman (FS) pinned Raymond Head, 3:46. FS, 21-6.
138: V.Hughes (FS) pinned Storm Pracht, 4:30. FS, 27-6.
145: Stephen Kauffman (AC) won by forfeit. FS, 27-12.
152: Ryan Alley (AC) won by forfeit. FS, 27-18.
160: J.Hughes (FS) pinned Jake Trumbly, 3:07. FS, 33-18.
170: Both teams open. FS, 33-18.
182: Lee Koch (AC) won by forfeit. FS, 33-24.
195: Metcalf pinned Tim Cornett, 2:46. FS, 39-24.
220: Wilson (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 45-24.
285: Blackburn (FS) pinned Allen Young, :22. FS, 51-24.
BLUE VALLEY SOUTHWEST 47, FORT SCOTT 26
106: Marty Verhaeghe (SW) pinned Moran, 1:49. SW, 6-0.
113: Stewart (FS) won by forfeit. Tied, 6-6.
120: Sharp (FS) def. Adam Pelfry, 6-1. FS, 9-6.
126: Nathan Wood (SW) won by forfeit. SW, 12-9.
132: Sawyer Like (SW) def. Heckman by technical fall, 4:16. SW, 17-9.
138: V.Hughes (FS) pinned Devin Tate, 5:01. SW, 17-15.
145: Tony Swickard (SW) won by forfeit. SW, 23-15.
152: Paul Grieco (SW) won by forfeit. SW, 29-15.
160: J.Hughes (FS) def. Dylan O'Dell by technical fall, 5:20. SW, 29-20.
170: Mickey Brown (SW) won by forfeit. SW, 35-20.
182: Austin McBee (SW) won by forfeit. SW, 41-20.
195: Metcalf def. T.J. Martin, 5-2. SW, 41-23.
220: Anthony Fitchett (SW) pinned Hayes Howser, 1:26. SW, 47-23.
285: Blackburn (FS) def. Kyle Pepper, 3-2, OT. SW, 47-26.
FORT SCOTT 45, SHAWNEE MISSION WEST 18
106: Moran (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 6-0.
113: Stewart (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 12-0.
120: Sharp (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 18-0.
126: Both teams open. FS, 18-0
132: Both teams open. FS, 18-0
138: Heckman (FS) pinned Aaron Taylor, 5:26. FS, 24-0.
145: V.Hughes (FS) pinned Eska ntakirutimana, 1:07. FS, 30-0.
152: Shane Hutsell (SMW) won by forfeit. FS, 30-6.
160: J.Hughes (FS) def. Swedi Ntakirutimana, 6-5. FS, 33-6.
170: Jordan Dillard (SMW) won by forfeit. FS, 33-12.
182: Both teams open. FS, 33-12.
195: Metcalf (FS) won by forfeit. FS, 39-12
220: Howser (FS) pinned Lee Spight, 1:02. FS, 45-12.
285: Ramiro Gatica (SMW) pinned Wilson, 2:45. FS, 45-18.