BLHS wrestlers emphasize quality over quantity at Cougar Invitational
Shawnee With only eight wrestlers entered in the field, the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats made a case for quality over quantity Saturday at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougar Invitational.
The Bobcats finished five points out of third place at the tournament and had five wrestlers earn medalist honors.
Blue Valley Northwest placed third with 106 points and Shawnee Mission Northwest placed fourth with 103 points. Basehor-Linwood placed fifth with 101.5 points.
If the Bobcats had won another match, or recorded another pin, the team might have brought home a trophy. As it was, the team competed well despite bringing one of the smallest squads to the tournament.
“Yeah, we were 4 1/2 points out of a trophy, and it turned out pretty good, I think,” coach Ed Seaton said. “We did pretty good and had three individual champions for the tournament.”
In the 103-pound weight class, Mike Torrez defeated Danny Kostroske of Shawnee Mission West to win the bracket.
“He went out and put it on his opponent,” Seaton said. “He was focused.”
Torrez’ match was a back and forth battle, which ended with him pinning Kostroske in the second period.
The pin was Torrez’s third of the tournament and marked his return to competition. He missed the Bobcats first tournament of the season, as well as its season-opening duals.
In the 130-pound weight class, Symon Seaton placed first with a 3-0 record. Opponents scored just one point against him all day. He won the championship match by technical fall as he defeated Mike Beacham of Leavenworth, 15-0.
The toughest competition he faced was against Nick Bauerly of Olathe South. Seaton beat him by a 7-1 decision.
Joe Johnson placed first in the 160-pound weight class. He defeated Ross Briggs of Olathe East, 9-1, to win the tournament.
“Joe looked really tough,” coach Seaton said. “He won by decision in the finals and didn’t have any trouble the whole entire tournament.”
In addition to the first-place finishes, Tyler Simpson placed second in the 135-pound weight class. He lost to Ben Beckes of Derby by pin in the title match.
Derek Pike placed fourth in the 140-pound weight class. He lost to Will Collins of Olathe East in the third-place match.
Antonio Ferro also competed in the tournament, and faced a difficult bracket. He didn’t place high in the tournament, but faced talented wrestlers who should help him improve in future matches, Seaton said.
Basehor-Linwood will compete in the Emporia Invitational on Saturday.
“I am ready to go,” Seaton said. “I think everyone else is ready to go too. We will see some tough teams there.”