Bobcats prevail in dual matches
Basehor-Linwood opened the season with a pair of wins over Bonner Springs and Piper high schools.
Basehor-Linwood defeated Bonner Springs in its first dual 52-24.
A score from the team's dual against Piper was unavailable.
The meet kicked off the season for the Bobcats who will compete in the Kaw Valley League duals on Saturday at Mill Valley High School.
The tournament will feature all nine Kaw Valley League teams. It also will have in it one squad composed of junior-varsity wrestlers from various league schools.
The tournament will be wrestled in two-five team pools with one team have a bye each round.
When the pool portion of the tournament is over, then teams will be seeded by how they finished in pool play. The fifth place team from one bracket will wrestle against the fifth-place team from the other.
The championship rounds will begin about 7 p.m., but could run ahead of schedule.
It is the second year that the Kaw Valley League has held such a tournament.
"It gets everyone duals out of the way against each other," Mill Valley Athletic Director Matt Bohm said. "This frees up the schools to do some different things".
A traditional league tournament will take place later in the season.
Both Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood have aspirations for good finishes at the league dual meet.
Two freshmen went undefeated in their first two duals for the Bonner Springs High School wrestling team Tuesday night.
Caleb Seaton and Brian Callahan both went 2-0 in their varsity debuts for the Braves in their team dual losses to Basehor and Piper Tuesday at Basehor.
"They are very dedicated wrestlers," Coach Dan Burns said. "The team wrestled real hard."
In addition to the Basehor Match, Bonner dropped its dual to Piper, 40-33.
But the freshmen stood in the winner's circle against both teams.
First, Seaton won both of his matches by pins. He pinned Basehor's Mike Torrez in 2:30 at 103. And Coach Burns moved him up a weight against Piper at 112 and Seaton pinned the Pirate, too.
"He did real good," Burns said. "To wrestle up a weight and get a fall when you are in the lighter weights is real good."
Callahan was also a nice surprise with his 2-0 start for the Braves at 152 pounds. His victories included a pin in 4:44 over the Bobcats' Elliott Chandler.
"It is difficult for a freshman to win at the upper weights, because most of the time you are going against upperclassmen," Burns said.
Burns mentioned that junior letterman Adam Shirley was also impressive with his 2-0 start as well. Shirley pinned Basehor's Brandon Odom and gathered another pin against Piper.
"Adam is real excited about it now," Burns said. "He is really growing and he wrestled well."
Another junior letterman, Tanner McCleary, is 1-0 at 285 for the Braves. He won one match and received a forfeit victory in the other match.
Ryan Bartels (160) and Anthony Ellingsworth (171) both started out 1-1 in the two duals for the Braves.
The only other letterman on the team is sophomore Brooks Ballou at 119. Ballou, one of the top people back this year, faced some very stiff competition and went 0-2.
"Brooks had a rough night, but faced very good competition," Burns said. "He wrestled against one wrestler who got second in the state last year and the other one could be a good state wrestler this year."