Three Tigers earn medals at Rose Hill
ROSE HILL -- The Rose Hill Invitational is one of the tougher wrestling tournaments in Kansas every year and this one proved no exception. Nine from Fort Scott High took part but only three brought home medals from the 24-school meeting.
The Tigers finished 17th out of those 24 as a team with 57 points. The only better Southeast Kansas League school in the competition was Chanute, which finished 13th with 73 points. Class 5A Salina Central was the champion with 165 points followed by 5A Valley Center with 144.5 and Class 6A Derby with 117.
Derek Bollinger (35-4), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A at 138 pounds by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, pinned Andover Central's Gavin Sams in the first round. He took an 8-1 decision from Valley Center's R.J. Hoyt in the quarterfinals.
Mason Herman of El Dorado, who was not ranked coming into the tournament, scored a 7-6 win over Bollinger in the semifinals, just the fourth loss of the season for the Tiger sophomore. Herman went on to pin Andover's Chris Towry in the final.
Bollinger went to the consolation side of the bracket where he won a 9-3 decision from Winfield's Isaac Bailey in the semifinal, then took a decision by the same score from Chanute's Gage Leedy in the third-place match.
Zarek Fewell (30-7), ranked No. 6 at 145 pounds, was in a bracket with four other ranked wrestlers. He started off by beatin Baldwin's Ethan Temple by technical fall, 17-1. He won a 14-9 decision over Jack Maki of Andover, who is ranked No. 4 in Alass 5A, in the quarterfinal.
In the championship semifinal, Fewell faced Class 4A's No. 1-ranked wrestler at this weight, Anthonly Scantlin of Mulvane. He won a 5-2 decision over Fewell, then went on to beat Class 4A No. 4 Dakota Motter of El Dorado in overtime in the championship match.
In consolation, Fewell won a 5-3 decision over Bonner Springs' Gage Herron in the semifinals. Then he claimed a rematch with Maki, 8-6, in the third-place bout.
Charlie Pylowany (8-7) placed sixth at 220 pounds. He pinned Andover's Chris Turner in the first round. He was then pinned by Michael McMullen of Salina Central, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in Class 5A who's only lost one match this season and went on to win this bracket.
Pytlowany went on to pin Darrell Cooley of Andale in his first consolation match. He also pinned Wellington's Jace Lowe to reach the consolation semifinal. There, Chase Hille of Valley Center pinned Pytlowany.
Pytlowany then went to the fifth-place match where Cameron Hunt of El Dorado also won by pin.
Tyler Gorman (25-8) was 2-2 on the day at 106 pounds. He pinned Rose Hill's Kyle Sackett in the first round but was defeated, 11-4, by Andover Central's Jake Patch in the quarterfinal round, 11-4. Patch is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.
Gorman went on to defeat Devin Delforge of Valley Center by technical all, 15-0. He was eliminated on a 14-0 major decision by Concordia's Blake Leiszler.
Phillip Moran (16-10) went 1-2 at 126. He was pinned by Bryce Ledford of Winfield in the first round. He drew a bye in concolation before getting pinned by Bryant Page of Andover Central.
Chris Stell (18-16) was 1-2 at 152. He was pinned by Alec Stock of Andover in the first round. In consolation, Stell advanced over Gage Hollis of Rose Hill by injury default. He was eliminated when Bryce Parker of Mulvane won by pin.
Ryan Miller (2-11) was 0-2 at 160 as he was pinned by Andrew Puckett of Bonner Springs and Luke Thompson of McPherson in a pair of "extra-bracket" matches required because there were more than 16 competitors entered.
Trevor Hazlip (8-20) was 0-2 at 170, also having to go though extra-bracket matches as this weight class also had more than 16 entries. He was pinned by Qualin Powell of Chanute and by Grant Staeher of Andover.
Jordan Crowder (15-16) was 1-2 at 182. He lost in the first round on a technical fall to Joel Katzer of Baldwin, 16-0. He pinned Wade Hall of Augusta in the first round of consolation before being eliminated on a pin by Jared Knapp of Concordia.
The Tigers will host the third edition of the Southeast Kansas League Dual Wrestling Tournament Thursday afternoon. Matches begin at 3 p.m. in the FSHS gymnasium.