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Bell, Middleton to represent Kansas at Metro Dual

March 4, 2004

Two recent state medalists will represent the Kaw Valley League at next week's 12th annual Metro Classic Wrestling Dual at the Kansas City Kansas Community College gymnasium.

Basehor-Linwood senior Cody Bell and Bonner Springs senior Matt Middleton will represent the Kansas side of the metro area in the dual that pits top seniors from Kansas against a crop of seniors from the Missouri side of the state line.

Bell, who wrapped up his career with a fourth-place finish at state last weekend, leaves Basehor-Linwood as one of the school's all-time winningest wrestlers.

He will compete in the 103-pound match that will get the event underway.

BLHS athletic director Joe Keeler said Bell and the entire school were looking forward to representing Kansas on Tuesday, March 9.

"It's quite an honor to be selected for this," Keeler said. "And I know Cody's excited about the opportunity, as are the rest of us."

Bell becomes the third Bobcat chosen for the event in as many seasons. In 2002, 145-pound state champion Matt Dukes competed for Kansas but lost, and in 2003, Brandon Buck was selected for the squad but was unable to participate because of an injury.

Bell, 38-7, will face senior Mark Carey of Raytown South. Carey enters the dual with an overall record of 43-3. He is coming off of a second-place finish at the Missouri state wrestling tournament.

Middleton, 40-3, will represent Kansas in the 135-pound bout. Fresh off of his state championship run last weekend in Wichita, Middleton said he was hoping to participate in the Metro dual. Now that he has been selected, Bonner Springs coach Dan Burns said the entire program is looking forward to seeing Middleton represent the state and the school.

"This is great for Matt and great for the program," Burns said. "His teammates are excited for him and can't wait to cheer him on."

Middleton will face Steve Fisher from Platte County. Fisher enters with a 38-8 record and is coming off of a fourth-place finish at state.

Missouri owns the all-time edge in the series, winning 7 of the 11 previous match ups. However, Kansas has won two of he last three duals, bringing the margin to 7-4. Missouri won last year's battle by winning the last six matches for a 39-21 victory.

Tuesday's dual will begin at 7 p.m.

Basehor-Linwood senior Cody Bell and Bonner Springs senior Matt Middleton will represent the Kansas side of the metro area in the dual that pits top seniors from Kansas against a crop of seniors from the Missouri side of the state line.

Bell, who wrapped up his career with a fourth-place finish at state last weekend, leaves Basehor-Linwood as one of the school's all-time winningest wrestlers.

He will compete in the 103-pound match that will get the event underway.

BLHS athletic director Joe Keeler said Bell and the entire school were looking forward to representing Kansas on Tuesday, March 9.

"It's quite an honor to be selected for this," Keeler said. "And I know Cody's excited about the opportunity, as are the rest of us."

Bell becomes the third Bobcat chosen for the event in as many seasons. In 2002, 145-pound state champion Matt Dukes competed for Kansas but lost, and in 2003, Brandon Buck was selected for the squad but was unable to participate because of an injury.

Bell, 38-7, will face senior Mark Carey of Raytown South. Carey enters the dual with an overall record of 43-3. He is coming off of a second-place finish at the Missouri state wrestling tournament.

Middleton, 40-3, will represent Kansas in the 135-pound bout. Fresh off of his state championship run last weekend in Wichita, Middleton said he was hoping to participate in the Metro dual. Now that he has been selected, Bonner Springs coach Dan Burns said the entire program is looking forward to seeing Middleton represent the state and the school.

"This is great for Matt and great for the program," Burns said. "His teammates are excited for him and can't wait to cheer him on."

Middleton will face Steve Fisher from Platte County. Fisher enters with a 38-8 record and is coming off of a fourth-place finish at state.

Missouri owns the all-time edge in the series, winning 7 of the 11 previous match ups. However, Kansas has won two of he last three duals, bringing the margin to 7-4. Missouri won last year's battle by winning the last six matches for a 39-21 victory.

Tuesday's dual will begin at 7 p.m.

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