Fort Gibson wrestlers spoil homecoming, Senior Night for Poteau Pirates

It was two for the price of one for the Poteau Pirates wrestling team Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. It was both homecoming and Senior Night as the Pirates entertained the Fort Gibson Tigers in their last dual of the season.Things did not end so well for the Pirates as the Tigers left town 39-27 victors.With the dual tied at 15-15, the Tigers (5-4) won matches at 145 and 152 pounds to take a 24-15 lead.Derek Francis got the Pirates (15-7) right back into the dual with a pin at the 1:41 mark of the opening period in his 160-pound match to cut Fort Gibson's lead to 24-21.Back-to-back decisions for Fort Gibson t 170 and 182 pounds put the Tigers up 30-21 with three matches left.If the Pirates would have won those last three matches, they would have done no worse than tie the Tigers. The good news was that Luis Gonzalez pinned his opponent in 1:35 to win the 220-pound match, but the bad news was the Tigers got wins at 195 and heavyweight to seal the deal.“I knew it was going to be an uphill battle after giving away 12 points (on forfeits at 106 and 126 pounds),” Poteau Coach Chris Barbee said. “They're a top 12 team, and you just have to tip your cap to them. They wrestled better than we did. You hate to lose on homecoming and Senior Night, but we just made several mental mistakes. But I was proud of our guys who did get wins for us.”Besides Francis and Gonzalez, Poteau won three other matches.Devin Anderson (113 pounds) and Tyler Tustin (132) both won by pin, while Kaydon Evans got a 10-5 decision at 138 pounds.The Tigers made it a sweep on the night as they also took the junior high dual 57-9.Chevy Galetka was homecoming king, and crowned Katie Piguet homecoming queen.The Pirates will not return to action until the Class 4A Regional Tournament Feb. 17-18, where individual berths to the Class 4A State Tournament will take place.