By KEVIN THOMPSON
SCOTT CITY – Home, sweet home.
Full team, sweet full team.
That’s what Scott City coach John Lippelman and his wrestling team were thinking Saturday.
For the first time all season, the Beavers fielded a full squad and the results speak for themselves. They won back the team title from Ulysses in the 29th annual Scott City Invitational, taking four individual titles in claiming their 13th crown in the last 15 seasons.
Scott City won the team title with 219 points, ahead of second-place Hoxie (171) and third-place Ulysses (114.5) in the nine-team tournament.
The team title was nice, as were the four golds and three silver medals, Lippelman said. But he was most happy that he finally filled out an entire 14-man roster.
“They looked a lot better than when we had only nine out of 14 spots filled,” he joked.
“Everybody wrestles better at home. We don’t get to do that much so this was nice,” he added. “I think we knocked them off their feet really well.”
Scott City senior Clay Mulligan, named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler (he received the same honor two years ago), won his fourth straight tournament title, this one at 132 pounds. In doing so, he also remained undefeated at home in his high school career.
“That’s a pretty neat deal. He’s a good wrestler,” Lippelman said of Mulligan, last year’s Class 3-2-1A state champion at 120 pounds and The Telegram’s Area Wrestler of the Year.
This win makes up for last weekend, Mulligan said. A muscle tear in his first match then led to his only loss on the season, so this was a great step forward.
“This whole week I sat out until Wednesday and didn’t wrestle,” he said. “I ran a lot to try to get in better shape. Obviously I’m in a lot better shape than last week.”
The Beavers’ Luke Hayes defended his title at 285 pounds, winning all four of his matches in pins ranging from 22 to 39 seconds.
“He was a man amongst the team. We expect things out of Luke. If you’re going to grow that big, we expect things out of you,” Lippelman said. “He gobbled them right up. It wasn’t his hardest weekend, but he finished them all the way you can and put the team up as high as you could.”
Scott City’s other two titles came from Alex Kough at 120 pounds and Manuel Turner at 170.
Kough upped his record to 18-0, while Turner is now 18-4.
Lippelman said they’ve tried Turner at different weights this season and 170 seems to be where he fits best and where he’s likely to stay the rest of the season.
Kough is still perfect on the season (16-0).
Ulysses claimed three individual titles, starting with Jason Perez, the defending 4A state champion at 113 pounds.
Perez, now 15-1, had three pins on his title run.
“It was a pretty good challenge, but I just had to do what I had to do,” Perez said.
Teammate Razzy Morales ran his record to 17-2 with a win at 152, while Alex Mills won at 138 pounds.
Morales won his first round, 17-0, then held on for two-point wins his next two matches.
“If you have a tough match, it just makes you better getting ready for regionals and state,” he analyzed.
For Mills, this tournament boosted his confidence after being sick the past two meets. He won on three pins.
“I’m definitely feeling better,” he said. “I’m satisfied with what I did today.”
Ulysses coach Joe Gonzales was pleased with his team’s effort.
Perez’s hardest matchup was in the finals against Scott City’s James Jurgens.
“Perez wrestled pretty solid. He did what we expected. We weren’t sure about his last match, how well that was going to match up, but he came through,” Gonzales said.
Morales usually keeps matches close, Gonzales said, but he likes the competitiveness of his 152-pounder.
Mills’ win, a 1-minute pin in the finals, was a surprise, Gonzales said.
“It’s always great when you can make it short and sweet like that,” he added, especially after not having wrestled much this season. “He had a heck of a tournament.”
Despite the success, Gonzales noted that the Tigers were still down in numbers. While Scott city was finally able to field a full team, the Tigers filled only half the spots in this meet.
“We only brought seven guys down today. We have a lot out with injuries and illness,” he said. “But once we get everybody healthy and get everybody back, we’ll have a pretty tough squad.”
The only other area wrestler to claim a title was Wichita County’s Cesar Gutierrez at 195 pounds.
Cimarron took four second places, all at 160 pounds and higher — Coulter Croft (160), AJ Cooper (170), Caleb Watts (195), and Jason Maddox (285).
Holcomb’s best finishes were third places from Keegan Amos (113) and Jose Munoz (138).
Lakin’s Montana Fuller finished third at 285, and Andy Davis (113), Octavio Arredondo (160) and Laramie Lumley (220) were Sublette’s highest placers.
Scott City Invitational
Scott City 219. Hoxie 171. 3. Ulysses 114.5. 4. Cimarron 98.5. 5. Ellis 88. 6. Wichita County 85.5. 6. Holly, Colo. 71. 7. Lakin 35. 8. Holcomb 34.5. 9. Sublette 26.
106 — 1. Burns, Holly; 2. Fairleigh, SC; 3. Miller, Uly; 4. Ramsey, unattached.
113 — 1. Perez, Uly; 2. Jurgens, SC; 3. Amos, Holc; 4. Davis, Sub.
120 — 1. Kough, SC; 2. Heim, Hox; 3. Mendoza, Uly; 4. Hembree, Holc.
126 — 1. Sealock, Hox; 2. Nordyke, Holly; 3. Pfeifer, Ell; 4. Anchondo, SC.
132 — 1. Mulligan, SC; 2. Jones, Hox; 3. Tankersley, WC; 4. Orozco, Holly.
138 — 1. Mills, Uly; 2. Younger, Ell; 3. Munoz, Holc; 4. Porter, WC.
145 — 1. Nordyke, Holly; 2. Younger, Ell; 3. Paul, Sc; 4. Carter, Hox.
152 — 1. Morales, Uly; 2. Snyder, Hox; 3. Shaughnessy, Cim; 4. Baca, Lak.
160 — 1. Hunsicker, El; 2. Croft, Cim; 3. Yergey—Dible, Hox; 4. Arredondo; Sub.
170 — 1. Turner, SC; 2. Cooper, Cim; 3. Roelfs, WC; 4. Augustine, Ell.
182 — 1. Salmans, Hox; 2. Sandoval, Uly; 3. Mason, WC; 4. Johnson, SC.
195 — 1. Guiterrez, WC; 2. Watts, Cim; 3. Hayes, SC; 4. Castillo, unattached.
220 — 1. Washington, Hox; 2. McEachern, SC; 3. Tebo, Ell; 4. Lumley, Sub.
285 — 1. Hayes, SC; 2. Maddox, Cim; 3. Fuller, Lak; 4. Schippers, Hox.