Finalists Seaton, Johnson lead BLHS at Bobcat Classic
Basehor-Linwood wrestler Symon Seaton was excited throughout last week about the possibility of wrestling Cody Brewer in the Bobcat Classic.
Brewer is the top area wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, a state champion in Missouri and an NCAA Division I recruit.
He wrestles for Oak Park, a perennial wrestling power, and wrestlers looking for quality competition are eager to face him.
As a result, Seaton was pumped when Basehor-Linwood athletic director Joe Keeler told them that Oak Park was coming to the Bobcat Classic.
The two wrestlers dominated the competition throughout the tournament and met in the finals.
In the championship match, the two wrestlers were even for the first period. Seaton was aggressive, but he failed to mount much offense.
Brewer, though, controlled the last two periods and won the match, 17-7.
While he would like to have won, Seaton said the match helped him to see areas that he could improve upon. He said he needed to improve his conditioning and stay on the attack in matches.
“It gave me a good look at where I need to be college-wise,” he said. “I was excited to wrestle him. I have seen him a couple times at national tournaments.”
Brewer stays on the attack throughout any match, BLHS coach Ed Seaton said.
“That kid keeps coming and coming at you nonstop,” he said. “We kept it close. That kid is nationally ranked; Symon does not have anything to be ashamed of.”
With the loss, Seaton finished second in the tournament.
Seaton wasn’t the only home-town wrestler to reach the finals in the BLHS gymnasium.
Teammate Joe Johnson also placed second in the tournament, losing in triple-overtime to Jake Hattabaugh of Andover.
“I wanted to get revenge for that loss, and it looked like I was about to get it,” Johnson said. “I was glad that I was in good enough shape to stay with him.”
Johnson, wrestling in the 160-pound weight class, stayed with Hattabaugh until the end of the match.
He was in the top position against Hattabaugh in sudden-death overtime and needed to keep him from escaping to win the match. If Hattabaugh escaped, then he would win.
Johnson did his best to maintain control of Hattabaugh, but eventually allowed him to escape and win the match.
The score capped a back-and-forth match.
Hattabaugh scored first in the second period, but Johnson was able to escape later in the match and score a point. Regulation ended with a 1-1 tie.
The first overtime was wrestled in neutral position and neither scored.
Hattabaugh scored in the second overtime, and Johnson escaped with 15 seconds left to tie the match before it went to sudden-death.
Although he lost the match, Johnson wrestled a great match and did a nice job of staying in a good position throughout, Ed Seaton said.
“I talked to the boys going in about if they stay in good position then good things will happen,” he said. “Joe did that. The kid he was wrestling was able to kick out at the end of it.”
The match and tournament could help Johnson prepare for the state tournament as the two wrestlers could meet again. Johnson said he was glad to have wrestled Hattabaugh during the regular season, and the Bobcat Classic is great preparation for the rest of the year.
“It is a real challenge every year. You face someone who is better, or just as good, as you are,” he said.
With the tournament behind them, Johnson can focus his efforts on improving for the rest of the season.
In addition, Michael Torrez placed fourth in the tournament at 103 pounds. He lost to Kaleb Bonilla of Glenwood (Iowa) in the third-place match. Torrez finished 4-2 in the tournament.
BLHS finished 15th out of 32 teams.
In addition to the three placers, the following were the Bobcats’ other wrestlers. Antonio Ferro finished 0-2 in the 112-pound weight class. Preston Farris finished 0-2 in the 119-pound weight class. Tyler Simpson finished 0-2 in the 130 pound weight class. Derek Pike finished 3-2 in the 135-pound weight class. Dustin Williams, 1-2, 140-pound weight class. Tyler Ogden 0-2, 145-pound weight class. Dallas Keller, 0-2, 152-pound weight class.
Andale won the team title with 185.5 points, Oak Park was second with 172, Goddard placed third with 169, Lansing was fourth with 164 and Glenwood finished fifth with 129.