By KEVIN THOMPSON
SCOTT CITY — The only time in the past 13 years that Scott City has lost its own wrestling classic was in 2002, when the Beavers lost to Ulysses by 2.5 points.
Then it happened again Saturday at the running of this event, as the Tigers claimed the title once again but by a wider margin over the Beavers, 126-87.5 in the eight-team tournament.
Ulysses claimed only two individual titles to Scott City's four, but with the help of four second-place finishes, it was enough to get the job done.
The Tigers' two titles came at 103 pounds in Jason Perez, who pinned Holcomb's Keegan Amos in the championship match, and at 189, where Michael Salas went 4-0 in a round robin.
Like his teammate Perez, Salas also pinned a Holcomb wrestler, Dayton Crist, in the second period to claim his title.
Coach Joe Gonzales was a bit surprised by the title, but extremely pleased with the outcome, especially with four starters out of the lineup due to illness and injury.
With so many regulars out of the lineup, he said the expectations weren't as high coming in to the meet, so the team as a whole rallying with each other came as a great surprise.
"It was a little bit unexpected," he said. "(My team) surprised me at some of the weights. I thought they wrestled pretty tough and took care of business."
Perez' win was good, Gonzales said, since he's worked hard all season and has improved every meet.
"Every match he goes out and works hard. You can't say enough about him," he said.
Salas wrestled tough, too, he said. He's been up and down all season, so he's never sure which Salas will show up.
"But when he steps up and decides to get after guys, he really works hard and does good things for us," Gonzales said.
Scott City's Clay Mulligan kept his undefeated season going at 112, going 3-0 in a round robin, culminating with a fall in his final match against Holcomb's Jesus Macias, who finished second.
Alex Kough claimed the round robin title at 119 to up his record to 10-1. At 145 Dalton Paul claimed a title match technical fall over Ulysses' Charles Garnett. And at 215 Luke Hayes pinned JJ Casey of Ulysses to claim that division.
"We're not quite there," said Scott City coach Jon Lippelman of his team's performance. "We've got some weak spots throughout the team. We lost some good ones from last year, and if this doggone injury and health thing would ever straighten out, we could tell if we were improving all the way along."
The Beavers were able to field a team in just 10 of the weight classes, so even though they had four titles, he knows they have room to get others into top spots.
"We didn't win any state championships today, but we saw some things to work on," Lippelman said. "We're getting into shape, we were able to go full matches instead of looking tired after two periods. Those are all good things. But as far as room for improvement, we've got some things to work on."
Holcomb took four runner-up spots. Besides Amos at 103, Macias at 112 and Crist at 189, Jose Munoz was second at 140. Michael Banderas placed third at 130.
"We came out of the gates pretty strong," said Holcomb coach Ryan Kromer. "We had some good showings and put on a good performance. We did much better than we did last week in Liberal."
Lakin claimed three individual titles of its six medalists.
Trevor Kennedy at 125 won his round robin. Alex Gonzales, in only his second meet of the season, won the 160-pound round robin, going 4-0.
And at 135, Dalton Davis went 4-0 to claim his title. In the title match against Jace Nordyke of Holly, Colo.,, Davis struggled to a 7-5 first-period lead, neither scored in the second, and then Davis dominated the third to win 14-8.
"Dalton did what he needed to do to win his matches today," said Lakin coach Mike Bammes. "Trevor looked good today. The kid he beat from Holly is a state placer. Alex Gonzales won two great ones today (against Ulysses and Cimarron)."
Cimarron claimed two titles at the meet. Colter Croft needed overtime to defeat Dalton Gonzales of Lakin at 152, and Tyler White defeated Michael McEachern of Scott City, 4-1, at 285.
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.