ROSE HILL -- Jake Durossette and John Metcalf each won their brackets at the Rose Hill Invitational wrestling tournament here over the weekend.
Just five Tigers made the trip but four of them won medals and three appeared in championship matches.
And even with just those five wrestlers, Fort Scott, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, finished ninth out of 22 teams. Six other schools were ranked in the KWCA poll in their class. Derby, ranked fourth in Class 6A, was the team champion. Valley Center, No. 5 in 5A, was second followed by Andover Central, No. 7 in 5A, El Dorado, No. 9 in 4A, and Andale, No. 3 in 4A. Chanute, the sixth-ranked team in 4A, finished eighth.
Top-seeded Durossette, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A at 145 pounds, was 5-0 on the day (byes are counted as wins on a wrestler's record). Durossette drew a first-round bye, then claimed a 12-2 major decision over Augusta's Brett Hamilton. In the quarterfinals, Durossette (23-2) pinned McPherson's T.J. Stiles. He pinned Dalton Peters of Class 5A Salina Central in the semifinal, then claimed a 6-4 decision over Chanute's Jared Fiscus, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, in the final. Fiscus was seeded third in the tournament.
Metcalf (34-4), ranked No. 5 in 4A at 195 pounds, also drew an opening bye, then pinned his next three opponents. The victims were Independence's Noah Stroble, Andover Central's Derek Honeywell, and Chanute's Cody Howell.
The championship was a battle of the top two seeds. Metcalf, the No. 2 seed, took a 7-1 decision over Concordia's Skyler Hittle, who is ranked second in Class 4A.
Victor Hughes (37-6), ranked second in 4A at 138, was also seeded second. He drew a bye before taking an 8-1 decision over Jared Hylock of Maize South. He pinned Derby's Racindo Esponiza in the quarterfinal.
Hughes then won a 3-0 decision over third-seeded Joe Umscheid of Andover Central, who is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A. In the final, he was pinned by Geordan Martinez of Colorado Springs-Pine Creek Academy. Martinez was undefeated entering the tournament and is now 35-0.
Jerad Heckman (33-10), ranked No. 6 in 4A at 126 pounds, drew a first-round bye, then took a 5-2 decision over Darryan Vanderpool of Monument (Colo.)-Lewis Palmer. Heckman also defeated Chase Fry of Pine Creek Academy, 10-4, in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinal, Garrett Xanders of Derby won a 12-6 decision to send Heckman to consolation. There, he won a 5-4 decision over Zach Carpenter of Class 6A Hutchinson in the semifinal. Ben Lightfoot of Andover Central, ranked No. 6 in 5A, took an 8-5 win in the consolation final.
John Hughes (31-11) rounds out the list of Tiger wrestlers as he wrestled at 160 pounds. He drew a bye then took a 5-1 decision over Hutchinson's Jared Page. Pine Creek's T.J. Campbell pinned Hughes in the semifinals.
In consolation, Hughes claimed a 15-2 major decision over John Engelmeyer of Rose Hill but was eliminated one match shy of medaling when El Dorado's Caleb Walsmith won the consolation quarterfinal, 3-1.
The Tigers will wrestle for the final time in the regular season Thursday night at Chanute with Columbus also in attendance. The Blue Comets (5-0 SEK, 12-5 overall) have already clinched a share of the Southeast Kansas League title -- their fifth in seven seasons but first since 2010 -- and can win it outright by beating the Tigers. Columbus' matches do not count toward the championship since that school left the SEK at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
If the Tigers (3-2, 11-5) beat Chanute, they'll finish no worse than third and it opens the door for two-time defending champion Pittsburg to claim a share of the title as long as the Purple Dragons (3-1, 5-1) beat both Parsons and Labette County Thursday night at Altamont.
KOMB-FM's online video service, Fort Scott TV, will broadcast Fort Scott's matches Thursday night.