Bobcat wrestlers 11th at Emporia
With a limited roster of wrestlers, Basehor-Linwood placed 11th at the Emporia High School Winter Classic on Saturday.
Emporia won the tournament with 280 points. Locally, Kaw Valley League rival Lansing placed fourth with 150 points. Basehor-Linwood scored 68.5 points.
The Bobcats had nine wrestlers compete in the tournament, missing some wrestlers who left town early for holiday obligations.
“This is a tough tournament and the toughest we have had this year,” coach Scott Neil said. “Team-wise we were a little shorthanded with some kids out of town for Christmas. We wrestled fairly well, having missed a couple days of practice.”
Basehor-Linwood did not have practice two days last week because inclement weather canceled school, and as a result, wrestlers were given a one-pound waiver of weight at the tournament for each day of school missed.
Symon Seaton placed second in the 125-pound weight class, losing in the championship match to Emporia’s Justin Rose.
Rose won the tournament for the fourth time in his career. The tournament was Seaton’s first in a couple weeks after he missed time with a back injury.
“Yeah, he just wasn’t at full strength yet. That played on him in his match,” Neil said. “He wore out towards the end of the tournament.”
In addition to Seaton’s performance, Basehor-Linwood wrestler Mike Torrez placed fifth in the 103-pound weight class.
Tyler Simpson placed fifth in the 112-pound weight class and suffered a shoulder injury during the tournament. The injury forced him to forfeit his final match.
“He strained a shoulder, and we just thought it was better to call it a day rather than risk hurting it anymore,” Neil said.
Joe Johnson placed sixth in the 152-pound weight class, losing a pair of close matches, 4-2 and 1-0.
Derek Pike also performed well for the Bobcats, but didn’t place.
“I thought Derek Pike wrestled a good tournament; he went 3-2,” Neil said. “I thought he could have placed. He wrestled tough throughout the day.”
Basehor-Linwood doesn’t return to the mats until Jan. 10. The Bobcats will have a week off for the holiday break and return to practice on Dec. 29.
“It will be nice to have a little time off,” Neil said. “When they get back, we can start to get them into better shape.”