Pair of Tigers finish fifth in tough Rose Hill tourney

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Fort Scott High School's Chris Stell (left) stares down Valley Center's Don Boone during a consolation match at the Rose Hill Tournament Saturday. Stell lost this match by 3 points and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record at 145 pounds. (Jean Smith/Special to the Tribune)

ROSE HILL -- Two Fort Scott High School wrestlers finished in fifth place in their brackets here Saturday at the 22-team Rose Hill Invitational.

Freshmen Derek Bollinger and Zarek Fewell were the Tigers' medalists at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively, in a tournament which included six teams ranked by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.

Bollinger (31-11 with 13 pins) faced another freshman, Tony Flores of Hutchinson in the first round at 132 and won by pin. In the quarterfinal round, Bollinger took a 3-1 decision over Payton Smith of Winfield. In the championship semifinal, Bollinger took on Mulvane sophomore Anthony Scantlin, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, but was pinned.

Now in consolation, Valley Center junior Seth Dillman took a 7-5 decision in the semifinals. Bollinger pinned El Dorado junior Mason Herrman in the fifth-place match.

Scantlin (36-2) went on to win the 132-pound bracket by injury default over Derby's Cody McDonald.

Fewell (25-13, 9), took a 3-0 decison over Independence's Jackson Stafford in the first round. In the quarterfinal round, Chase Cole, a Chanute senior ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, won by major decision. Cole finished second to Arkansas City's Dakota Rodd on a technical fall.

Fewell won a 3-1 decision over Tyler Boone of Valley Center in consolation. They he won an 8-4 decision over Austin Golden of Lindsborg-Smoky Valley. Donivyn Will of Salina Central pinned Fewell in the consolation semifinal. Fewell won the fifth-place match over Devon Smith of Winfield by injury default.

Mannie Gonzales (10-9, 3) was pinned in the opening round at 113 pounds by Concordia's Gunner Rairden. He drew a bye in the first-round of consolation before he was pinned in the second round by Independence's Carl Jesse.

Alex Gorman (14-9, 7) was pinned in the opening round at 120 by Derby senior Braden Dipman, ranked No 5 in Class 6A. In consolation, he was eliminated by another wrestler from a Class 6A school, Brammer of Hutchinson. Dipman went on to take second place.

Phillip Moran (21-13, 11) suffered a technical fall at the hands of Hutchinson's Hagen Kent in the opening round. He took a 6-5 decision over Kevin Herbstritt of Jayhawk-Linn in the first round of consolation. Brandon Decker of Derby eliminated Moran via technical fall.

Chris Stell (18-18, 11) pinned Rope Dorman of Concordia in the first round at 145 pounds. He then faced Chanute's Adam Cole, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, and was pinned in the quarterfinals. Cole went on to finish second, suffering just just his second loss of the season.

Stell went over to consolation and took an 11-8 decision over R.J. Hoyt, who was wrestling unattached -- as an extra wrestler in the weight bracket, his points were not counted. In the next match, Don Boone of Valley Center eliminated Stell by pin.

Ryan Miller (0-5), wrestling in just his second varsity event, wrestled at 152 pounds. He was pinned the opening round fo Wellington's Andrew Pelkey, who went on to finish third. In the next round, Miller was pinned by Thompson of Jayhawk-Linn.

Ben Daniels (5-9, 1) wrestled at 170. He lost in the opening round, 12-0, to Jayhawk-Linn's Tommy Avery and by pin to Mulvane's Cole Cuscik.

Hector Torres (7-14, 1) lost in the opening round at 182 to Connor Shillings of Andover. He pinned Rose Hill's Luke Culbertson in the first round of consolation but was pinned by El Dorado's Austin Powell in the second round.

Charles Pytlowany (7-11, 4) wrestled at 220. He pinned Brett Nation of Jayhawk-Linn in the opening round. Michael McMullen of Salina Central, ranked fifth in 5A, pinned Pytlowany in the quaarterfinals. Then Pytlowany was eliminated on a pin by Doug Hoffman of Andover Central. McMullen went on to take second place.

Southeast Kansas League rival Chanute, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by the KWCA, won the team title with 173.5 points. Derby, ranked No. 6 in 6A, was second with 168.5 and Andover, seventh in 5A, was third with 138 points. Fort Scott finished 17th with 37 points.

Thursday, the Tigers will go to Coffeyvillle to join the league's other six teams for the Southeast Kansas League Dual Tournament. The bracket-style dual tourney will determine the league champion. Chanute is the two-time defending league champion, winning the double-round robin schedule in 2013 and the league dual tournament last season.