Bonner Springs takes 7th, Basehor 8th at Kaw Valley League Dual Tourney
After opening the season by sweeping Basehor-Linwood and Piper in wrestling duals, the Bonner Springs Braves closed out a busy week by competing at the Kaw Valley League Dual Tournament Saturday at Turner High School.
The Braves posted a 2-3 record and finished in seventh place.
They lost to Mill Valley, which placed ninth at last year’s Class 5A state tournament, and lost duals with strong Class 4A programs Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton. Meanwhile, they picked up victories against Basehor and Piper for the second time this season.
Lansing won the tournament title, and Mill Valley finished second.
Junior Caleb Seaton led the way for the Braves as he went 5-0 for the day and improved to 7-0 for the season.
While most of the Braves’ lineup was solid earlier in the week, the team struggled at the weekend tournament. First-year coach Brandon Jobe said he expects the rest of the squad to pick up the pace soon, though, and he said he saw enough over the weekend to feel confident about the direction the team was going.
“I was extremely happy with the way our guys wrestled, but a little disappointed in some of the outcomes,” Jobe said. “Our guys continue to battle every match and wrestle to win. What we lack in experience in some spots, we make up with high intensity and (desire). These guys continue to get better with every practice and competition.”
The Braves will have several opportunities to practice and improve because they do not wrestle in competition until next Wednesday when they face off against Sumner Academy and Harmon at Sumner.
“We need to focus on fundamental positioning and technique,” Jobe said. “Once we feel comfortable with the basics, we will move on to more complex technique and more match strategies.”
Basehor-Linwood finished eighth at the tournament.
The Bobcats faced a tough draw in pool competition. They lost their opener to reigning Class 5A state runner-up Lansing, 63-9, and then dropped a 56-21 decision to Mill Valley. MVHS finished ninth at last year’s Class 5A state tournament.
After that, the Bobcats rolled to a 49-12 rout of Bishop Ward and then dropped a tough 45-30 decision to Class 4A power Santa Fe Trail before closing out pool play with a tough loss to Turner.
Bonner Springs beat BLHS in the final match of the day.
The Bobcats’ finish in the team standings was somewhat skewed by the fact they were shorthanded. Four wrestlers missed the tournament with ringworm, forcing BLHS to forfeit multiple matches. Those who competed performed well, though.
The Bobcats hope to finally be at full strength when they compete Saturday at the Cougar Invitational at Shawnee Mission Northwest.