Bobcats take step in the right direction at Paola
Basehor-Linwood's wrestling team had a difficult go of things last week.
Facing top-notch competition from across the state, the young Bobcats fought for every victory they earned.
This week, the competition was not as stiff, and the Bobcats finished respectfully at the Paola Tournament on Saturday.
"We (didn't finish) last so that is a positive compared to the last two tournaments," BLHS coach Scott Neil said.
Martin Buck had a strong tournament, finishing second in the 125-pound weight class. Buck finished 2-1 on the day.
The Bobcats also placed Joe Johnson. The freshman finished fourth in the 119-pound weight class. He was 2-2 for the day.
"Besides Johnson and Buck I thought that (Brian) Pemberton, (Josh) Bowen, and (Andrew) Stueckemann had a good tournament," Neil said.The three of them are starting to turn the corner a little and could win a few more matches late in the season."
Pemberton (112) finished 1-2, Stueckemann (189) finished 0-2, and Bowen (215) also finished 1-2.
Neil talked last weekend at the tournament Basehor-Linwood hosted about anticipating a stronger showing in Paola. He got it.
The coach was happy that his team has improved its fundamentals in time for its most recent meet. And he was pleased that the younger wrestlers are becoming more technically sound with each week.
"Were starting to wrestle better now and do more things correctly," Neil said.
Neil recently began to more actively condition his wrestlers. The extra time in practice spent running has payed off, it appears.
"I think since we increased the conditioning it is starting to make the difference in our matches," Neil said.