Bobcats look to settle score at KVL mee
After getting some much-needed time off, the Basehor-Linwood wrestling team is healthy and rested as it prepares to march into the most important three weeks of the season.
"We've been so tired in our last few meets," BLHS coach Scott Neil said. "We got home at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and then had a dual on Monday, it just started to wear us down. But we're rested now and we'll be ready to go."
After competing at some of the toughest tournaments around, the Bobcats got a break last week when school was canceled for three days because of bad weather.
Neil said he thought the time off helped his squad, as some guys who were injured were able to get healthy.
Before they dive back into their torrid tournament pace, the Bobcats will have to get through their final dual meet of the season. Thursday, Feb. 7, they will travel to Perry to wrestle Perry-Lecompton and Piper. After that, it's nothing but tournaments the rest of the way.
The first of three straight tournaments will take place this Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Kaw Valley League wrestling tournament, at Lansing High School.
Having lost only twice in KVL action, to Tonganoxie and Santa Fe Trail, the Bobcats are considered by many to be the favorites to take the league crown. Neil said a crown would be nice, but he's more concerned with avenging the losses.
"The score will be settled at league, there's no doubt about that," Neil said. "Those other teams are going to see a different Basehor-Linwood team than they saw before."
By different, Neil means complete. In each of its league losses, BLHS gave away points because of injuries and ineligibilities. Heading into Saturday, however, the Bobcats will only be open at two weight classes (103 and 189).
The league meet has no significance other than establishing bragging rights among the teams. The following week, however, state berths will be up for grabs when 15 teams converge at the regional wrestling tournament, hosted by Basehor-Linwood.
The week after that, BLHS will travel to Wichita for the state tournament.
A gruesome stretch of intense wrestling awaits the Bobcats, but Neil said this is the best time of the season.
"The kids really get excited for this time of the year," Neil said. "All the hard work starts to pay off. We're not really going to do anything new, we're just going to turn it up these next three weeks."