Snow doesn’t stop Seaton, Bobcats
BONNER SPRINGS — Count Symon Seaton among the handful of Basehor-Linwood High School students — if not the only one — who was disappointed about having three straight snow days last week.
While most students rejoiced at the opportunity to sleep in and stay home, Seaton, a junior, was frustrated. No school meant no wrestling practice, and that’s valuable time for a guy who needs to keep his weight in check if he wants to compete.
Even though he had no control over the school district’s decision to call off classes, he still chose to get up early and get some work done.
“I was in my basement (running) pretty much all day to get my weight down,” Seaton said. “It was just awful. I never thought I’d hate a snow day, but I kind of wanted to be in school so I could get my weight down.”
The extra effort paid off for Seaton on Saturday at the Dick Burns Mat Classic at Bonner Springs High School. He made weight, was in tip-top physical condition and dominated the 125-pound bracket on his way to the tournament title.
Seaton pinned Eudora’s Tim Wright in the second period and earned a 15-0 technical fall against St. Thomas Aquinas’ Kevin McCarthy in the semifinals before manhandling Gardner-Edgerton’s T.J. Stokes in the finals, 7-0.
“I was pretty sucked down Friday night (to make weight), but I ate the right foods and I felt really good today,” said Seaton, who improved to 18-1 this season. “My conditioning was awesome. I’ve been working really hard at that.”
As a team, the Bobcats were awesome, too. They placed three wrestlers in the finals and brought home two individual titles. They finished seventh as a team in a field that included Class 5A powers Gardner-Edgerton and St. Thomas Aquinas. GEHS finished first with 152 points, Bellevue (Neb.) East was second with 144 and Aquinas placed third with 144.
Joining Seaton as a tournament champion was 103-pounder Michael Torrez.
Torrez, a junior and two-time state qualifier, needed just 26 seconds to pin first-round opponent Spencer Redmond of Bishop Miege. Torrez earned a 20-2 technical fall against Tyler Sharp of Fort Scott in the semifinals before rolling to a 12-2 major decision against Bonner Springs’ Justus Seaton in the finals. Torrez (11-1) scored two early takedowns and never looked back.
“I wrestled the match I wanted to,” he said of the finals. “I didn’t really think I should’ve finished second last year since I came back and beat the kid in regionals, so I wanted to win this tournament just to put myself back up there.
“I’ve been working a lot with Symon so that I can get better, get back to state and hopefully get first.”
Senior Joe Johnson also reached the finals, but he lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Gardner-Edgerton’s Todd Curtis and placed second at 160 pounds.
The title match was the only close battle of the day for Johnson, who improved to 17-3 this season. He pinned first-round opponent Lucas Becker of Eudora in the second period and cruised past Bishop Miege’s Aaron Bialek with a 7-0 decision in the semifinals.
Johnson fell behind Curtis 4-0 in the second period before pulling within 4-2 on a reversal late in the period. Johnson received an escape point at the start of the third period when Curtis opted to start in the neutral position, but Johnson was unable to score a winning takedown.
The loss kept Basehor from finishing fifth at the tournament. They were just two points behind Miege and Fort Scott.
No other BLHS wrestlers medaled.
Basehor will try to build off of its successes on Friday and Saturday when it plays host to the Bobcat Classic. Annually rated as one of the top tournaments in northeast Kansas, the Classic should serve as a proving ground for wrestlers with hopes of winning a state championship.
“The Classic is probably at least in the top three (tournaments) in the state, and when you get used to wrestling big tournaments like that it really prepares you (for state),” Seaton said.