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BLHS wrestlers a mix of youth, experience

December 4, 2008

Basehor-Linwood High School’s wrestling room is a place where experience doesn’t always correlate with a grade in high school.

The majority of Basehor-Linwood’s wrestlers are freshmen and sophomores, but the Bobcats return a crew of five wrestlers who competed last season.

The team’s top returners are Mike Torrez in the 103-pound weight class, Symon Seaton in the 125-pound weight class, Miles Brown in the 130-pound weight class, Joe Johnson in the 145-pound weight class, and Chandler King in the 160-pound weight class.

“Yeah, in the smaller and middle weight classes I think we will be pretty strong,” coach Scott Neil said. “They all have shown a lot of improvement. All five guys put a lot of muscle on over the summer. They are a lot stronger.”

The returning wrestlers have also set strong examples early in the season for the younger wrestlers.

“The younger kids kind of feed off them,” Neil said. “They see how we go through practice and try to emulate them. We have had more efficient workouts this season.”

While the team might be younger in the upper weight classes, there is some promising talent.

“We are young in the upper weights but not too bad,” Neil said. “We have some kids with club experience and that could help us out quite a bit this year.”

Basehor-Linwood started the season with a pair of dual victories Tuesday against Piper and Bonner Springs. The duals were a chance for Neil to evaluate the team’s progress early in the season and determine how to prepare for the Kaw Valley League Dual Tournament on Saturday.

Early on in the season, Neil said he is focusing on helping wrestlers develop their technique. If the wrestlers can master their skills early, they can focus on wrestling strategies over winter break.

The dual kicked off the season and followed some strong early-season practices.

“We are doing pretty good actually,” Neil said. “We are a little bit young, but we have some experience in the room. It has not been too bad.”

Basehor-Linwood will compete in the Kaw Valley League Dual Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Perry-Lecompton High School.

“It is a nice way start to the year,” Neil said. “It gets the kids in a dual tournament mode.”

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