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Wristen: Don’t miss this year’s Bobcat Classic

January 14, 2010

Now it’s Basehor-Linwood’s turn.

Fresh off of a Saturday that saw Bonner Springs play host to its annual home wrestling tournament, the Dick Burns Mat Classic, Basehor-Linwood looks to up the ante when it opens its doors to the annual Bobcat Classic on Friday and Saturday in the BLHS gym.

It will mark the second straight weekend of top-notch local high school wrestling, and both local schools will once again be included.

The Mat Classic served as a perfect warm-up for both the Braves and Bobcats after the tournament field grew significantly tougher in the days leading up to the tournament. A handful of teams dropped out after another round of snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures struck the area, but Class 5A state title contenders Gardner-Edgerton and St. Thomas Aquinas joined the fold. While Gardner won the tournament and Aquinas placed third, numerous BSHS and BLHS wrestlers put on a great show, too.

The Braves entertained their home crowd by seeing four of their own advance to the finals. One Brave, Brian Callahan, brought home a championship as he dominated the 171-pound bracket. Three of his teammates — 103-pounder Justus Seaton, 119-pounder Caleb Seaton and 140-pounder Aaron Puckett — also made it to the finals and finished second.

In addition, Jonathan Blackwell finished third at 130 pounds and Jared Clements placed fourth at 160 pounds to reach the medal stand.

Basehor-Linwood fans who made the short drive also had plenty to cheer about as 103-pounder Michael Torrez, 125-pounder Symon Seaton and 160-pounder Joe Johnson all reached the finals. Torrez and Seaton brought home championships.

With all of the excitement that the Mat Classic offered, the Bobcat Classic should be even more entertaining.

Annually one of the top tournaments in the Kansas City metro area, this year’s Classic should be even better than years past.

Thirty-two teams are slated to attend the Classic. In addition to Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood, tough teams like Aquinas, Lansing, Baldwin, Glenwood (Iowa), St. James Academy and Shawnee Mission East will make the pilgrimage to BLHS. A few new teams will join the fold this year, none bigger than national power Oak Park (Mo.).

More than just top teams, a slew of individual state champions will be competing.

Simply put, the talent level in the gym will be as good as we’ll see in this part of Kansas until the state championships. For those who attended the Mat Classic last week, you’ll want to make the drive to Basehor this weekend. For those who missed last week’s wrestling, here’s your second chance.


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