Bobcats continue to roll
Perhaps it's a sign of just how good the Basehor-Linwood wrestling team is.
Or perhaps it's a sign that they need to get better.
Either way, after the Bobcats most recent victory - a 2-0 performance at a dual with Lansing and De Soto on Thursday, Dec. 13 - the Bobcats were not happy at all.
"That meet wasn't a sign of how good we are at all," said junior Jeff Lackner, who went 1-1 at the dual. "We didn't wrestle aggressive or smart the whole night and we were lucky to get the win."
The Bobcats were probably even luckier that coach Scott Neil didn't practice a few moves of his own on them.
Neil was not happy at all with the way his team performed at its latest dual, but he was happy with the way his team responded.
"I'm glad they weren't happy with it because I wasn't happy at all," Neil said.
Things started out well for the Bobcats, who have been on fire so far this season.
After losing two early matches to Lansing, the Bobcats reeled off four wins in a row - two by pin - and took a commanding 27-12 lead.
Then the tide began to turn as the Bobcats lost five of the final seven matches.
In fact, had senior Matt Gillette been pinned in the final match of the battle with Lansing, the Bobcats would've tied the Lions on the scoreboard and it's fair to say the wrestlers and Neil would've been a lot less happy.
Instead, Gillette did what he had to do, but he still wound up losing his match.
When the final score was tallied, BLHS had held on 39-36.
"I think if we would wrestle Lansing again, we would thrash them," junior Joe Bell said. "We just had an off night, but we're going to work harder from here on out to make sure that doesn't happen again."
Bell blamed the Bobcats' performance on a lazy week of practice that preceded the meet.
"We didn't practice real hard all week and that was kind of weird because we've been practicing so hard all season," Bell said.
After sneaking by Lansing, the Bobcats hit the mat to take on De Soto. And although the score was a lot better, that didn't mean the wrestling was.
The Bobcats defeated the Wildcats 55-20 in their second match of the night, but Neil said the win over De Soto was more of a continuation of the lazy Lansing match than a sign that things were getting turned around.
"We weren't real fired up for either of those teams and we sort of wrestled down a little bit," Neil said. "No matter who we're facing, we have to be up for the match and that night we weren't up for either match."
In the week since the Bobcats last dual, both Bell and Lackner said practice has been more intense and tougher.
But neither were complaining. They both said they realized that's what it takes to make a champion and they pledged that the entire Bobcat team would continue to hit it hard during the holiday break.
"We're going to practice every day and work harder than ever," Lackner said. "
Bell agreed and said keeping sharp mentally and physically would help this team after the break.
"If we keep our weights down and stay conditioned, we'll come out after the break ready to go," Bell said.
The Bobcats will return to the mat on Thursday, Jan. 3, when they host a dual meet with Immaculata and Tonganoxie.
A week later, the Bobcats will host the second annual Bobcat Classic.
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