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Symon says: ‘Title is very cool’

Basehor-Linwood wrestler wins Kaw Valley League wrestling tournament

February 13, 2008

Symon Seaton made the walk from the medal stand toward his family on Saturday.

As he walked, he smiled and clutched a poster and first-place medal that he had won at the Kaw Valley League wrestling tournament.

He showed his family members the medal and then expressed angst when one of them had taken a few bites of his sandwich.

A half-eaten sandwich wasn't going to bog him down though. He was a league champion.

"The title is very cool," Seaton said. "I was disappointed that I got two matches."

He would have liked more competition, but said the wrestlers he faced posed big challenges for him.

He was able to win the finals match with solid technique and conditioning.

"I don't have a specific move that I use, but you just have to stay smart and keep your head," he said.

As for his goals this season, they are pretty simple.

"Win state," he said. "That has been my goal since the beginning of the year."

Seaton is a leader on the Basehor-Linwood wrestling team. He said that wrestling Miles Brown in practice every day has made both of them better.

Following his match in the 119-pound weight class, Brown clutched his third-place medal like it was worth $1,000. Nothing could have pried it out of his hands.

"I did better than I thought I was going to do," he said.

Brown is a freshman on the Basehor wrestling team. He said it has been tough competition on varsity this season.

"Yeah it is definitely a step up to go against seniors as a sophomore," he said.

Coach Scott Neil said he performed well in the tournament.

"Miles had a good day, he decided to wrestle and did a good job," Neil said.

Brown said it has been a good season, but he has things that he wants to accomplish in the final two weeks of it.

"I want to place high at regionals and go on to state," he said. "It would be a pretty good season then."

The wrestlers highlighted Basehor-Linwood's performance in the tournament. Other wrestlers simply didn't perform as well.

"He is ready to go next week," Neil said. "I am not so sure about some of the other guys. I think they are ready to turn their stuff in. It is too bad."

Neil said he hopes that a minimum of four wrestlers can qualify for state.

"We just have to show up and wrestle and see how many people we can take," he said.

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