Bobcat wrestlers looking for desire, consistency
The Basehor-Linwood wrestling team's struggles continued as they traveled to Garden City.
After participating in the Garden City Invitational, coach Scott Neil said his team still has not wrestled to its full potential, as the Bobcats placed 12th in the 16-team tournament.
Only two Bobcats placed. Senior Brandon Buck and junior Cody Bell both placed third and received praise from Neil for their performances. He said the two wrestled well, although they both lost in the semifinals.
Buck lost his match 4-5 after he allowed an escape late in the match. Bell lost 5-6 after being down 0-5. Neil said Bell's opponent got the big lead and stalled for the last five minutes of the match.
Beyond Buck and Bell, Neil did not have as much praise.
"I don't think we want to win enough at times," Neil said. "We can get a lead then we let them comeback and beat us. This was a tough tournament, but I thought we could place four or five guys."
Neil said he saw improvement in some wrestlers, like senior Ryan Heffley and freshman Zach Davis.
"The kids have ability," he said. "Several can make it to state. We have four or five that can place at state. They have to decide. You can't go out there and give 95 percent. You have to give 100 percent.
"They don't put the effort in during practice. They condition well, but during live wrestling, we baby each other a bit like we don't want to hurt each other. It's showing in matches."
If the Bobcats do plan on turning their season around, they are running out of time. They have nine days until the Kaw Valley League tournament.
"Pretty soon we'll find out who wants the season to end, and who wants to fulfill goals," Neil said.
Their next opportunity is Thursday, Feb. 6, when they host a double dual. It is senior recognition night for six wrestlers.
"It's always sad to see seniors go, but you have to graduate sometime," Neil said.
The Bobcats will face Perry-Lecompton and Piper.
Going into the dual Buck and Bell are both ranked in state. Bell is ranked second at 112 and Buck is ranked fourth at 152.
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