Three BLHS wrestlers medal at Emporia Winter Classic
For Basehor-Linwood wrestlers, it was a question of what might have been.
The Bobcats were in sixth place at one point Saturday at the Emporia Winter Classic, but they failed to finish in the top 10. They fell to 11th place at the 18-team tournament.
Two Bobcats earned second-place finishes and another placed third in their respective weight classes.
“I was a little disappointed in how we finished; I know the boys were,” coach Ed Seaton said.
Some tough championship-round losses proved costly for the Bobcats.
Mike Torrez, wrestling in the 103-pound weight class, led 5-3 with about 20 seconds left in the third period when his opponent managed a takedown. Following regulation, the pair wrestled for four overtimes. Torrez found himself needing to stand up from the down position and escape to win the match. He was able to stand up but failed to escape, losing the match and finishing in second place.
“The last 30 seconds we had to get away and we just couldn’t,” Seaton said. “We lost by one point.”
Still, Torrez is progressing on the mat, having placed first at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougar Invitational and second in Emporia. He has improved strength and conditioning this season, and he has benefited from two years of previous wrestling experience.
In addition to Torrez, Symon Seaton also placed second in the 130-pound weight class. He lost in the championship match. During the match, he was called on four separate occasions for false start penalties, which cost him two points.
The calls appeared to take him out of rhythm, Ed Seaton said of the 6-3 loss.
“It just took him out of his game I think,” Ed Seaton said. “He just didn’t recover.”
In addition, Joe Johnson lost in the semifinals to Lansing’s Tyler Baughman, which was his second loss to Baughman this season. Johnson battled back in the consolation bracket and placed third at 160 pounds.
Antonio Ferro and Derek Pike finished 0-2 in the tournament. Dustin Williams and Zack Roberts each finished 1-2 in the tournament.
Basehor-Linwood resumes practice Monday. The Bobcats could use a couple more wrestlers in weight classes that are currently empty. Despite the low numbers, Seaton said his team has compensated by being well conditioned.
“I think we are doing pretty good so far this season,” he said. “I was pleased with the conditioning on Saturday.”
He said he could tell that the wrestlers were in better shape this season because they have been wrestling strong into the third period.
“Symon last year sometimes had nothing left late in the match. He wrestled every period really tough this time,” Ed Seaton said. “We must be on the right track as far as conditioning. Hopefully by the time we get to regionals that will pay off.”