Bobcats Blanked at State Tournament
Trip to state yields no medals for three BLHS wrestlers
Basehor-Linwood's two Dustins finished the day Friday still in the hunt for a medal at the 4A state wrestling tournament in Salina.
Dustin Weimer and Dustin Sullivan each won their first-round matches, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling.
Sullivan, the Bobcats' 140-pounder who won last weekend's regional in Eudora, defeated Goodland's Kerek Mason by fall at the 1:20 mark in the first round. In his next match, Sullivan nearly reached the semifinals but fell to Chapman's Jon Arveson, 8-7.
Meanwhile, Weimer, the Bobcats' 135-pound senior, defeated Clay Center's Blake Willmann in the first round by the score of 8-3. Weimer also nearly advanced to the semifinals, as he nearly took his quarterfinal match the distance, but fell at the 5:06 mark to Andale's Brent Fisher.
Unfortunately, both Dustins fell short of earning a state medal, as Weimer fell in the second round of the consolation bracket on Saturday and Sullivan lost in the third-round - one win shy of guaranteeing himself a medal.
Zach Davis, the Bobcats' third wrestler who made the trip to Salina, has been eliminated. Davis lost a tough first-round match to Kaw Valley League foe, Brad Padilla, of Santa Fe Trail, by the score of 4-3. He was then eliminated by Chanute's Brad Finley, 13-3.
A complete recap of the state tournament experience will appear in Thursday's Basehor Sentinel.