Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Bobcats bland at KVL dual tourney

December 6, 2006

The first year of the Kaw Valley League dual tournament didn't go the way Bobcats coach Scott Neil had hoped.

Basehor-Linwood's wrestling team had eight freshmen filling its 14 weight classes last weekend and finished 2-3 at the first annual event.

"I wasn't happy with the way we wrestled. We could have finished 3-2," Neil said.

Unlike the league tournament, which seeds individual wrestlers in their respective weight brackets at the end of the season, last weekend's dual tournament featured a team-against-team format and the seeds were given out based on each school's performance at last year's league tournament.

The Bobcats, who also will put on the highly competitive Bobcat Classic later in the season, hosted last weekend's event.

Neil wasn't pleased with the end result, but understood that with youth will come growth.

"We did a little bit worse than I expected," he said. "We have a young team with predominantly freshmen."

The team was also battling a key injury.

Zach Stahl was held out of the tournament, creating a void in the 152-pound weight class.

After a week off, the Bobcats will head to Goodland, Kan., for another dual tournament and Neil is looking forward to the competition.

The event will feature Norton, winner of the last three state championships, as well as a slew of other talented teams. The tournament will also include schools from Colorado.

"It will be a tougher tournament than the league tournament," Neil said.

The Goodland Holiday Classic is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 16.

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