• Focus on teamwork moves Indians forward

  • If there’s one thing second-year Fort Osage wrestling coach Robert Caton has learned, it’s to focus on what he can control.

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  • If there’s one thing second-year Fort Osage wrestling coach Robert Caton has learned, it’s to focus on what he can control.
    Right now, there’s a lot of things outside the Indians’ control that are hindering their progress. The program’s numbers still aren’t where Caton would like them and a handful of injuries have further hampered Fort.
    In Tuesday’s dual against Staley, the Indians were forced to forfeit six matches in a 36-34 loss at Fort Osage High School. And yet, Caton still sees his team’s season moving in the right direction.
    “The positive thing has been that as the season has gone on, I’m seeing more of the guys pull together as a team and start pushing each other,” Caton said. “Not only in the practice room, but backing each other up when out on the mat. That’s a positive sign.”
    And that’s what the Indians must cling to in order to remain competitive. Although the Falcons held many of their varsity regulars out because they’re approaching the 50-match regular-season limit, Fort still had a chance to pull out a victory going into the evening’s final contest. That was the 138-pound slate between Fort’s Jesse Reser and Rob Bastarache.
    With the Indians trailing 36-31, Reser needed a pin or major decision to boost his squad to the victory. He settled for a 2-0 decision, but battled through an elbow injury he suffered early in the match.
    “I was impressed by that,” said Fort’s Bryce Braughton, who pinned Jordan Steward in the 145-pound bout. “I know with your elbow hurting like that – the way he got hit, I know it would have hurt – I’m pretty sure I would have been out there a long time too.”
    Jacob Reynolds also added a pin for Fort by downing Brandon Seely at 170. Bryce Richardson garnered a 14-1 major decision over Roodsen Bellebre at 152 and Jeremy Barnes topped James Mahan at 160. Carter Behler took a victory by injury default for Fort’s other triumph.
    With the Indians staring at a 30-point hole before anyone even steps on the mat, Reynolds said they are forced to rely on each other.
    “We kind of have to having this many opens,” Reynolds said. “We’ve never had this many. With a team this small, we have to work together.”
    So no, maybe circumstances aren’t ideal for the Indians at the moment. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still make significant strides as Caton tries to build up the program.
    “I think it makes a big difference when they know that their team is behind them,” Caton said. “And I want to see that continue. I think that’s a big positive sign.”

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