BLHS wrestlers split season-opening duals
The Basehor-Linwood wrestling team still doesn’t have the depth it would like, but this year’s Bobcats are a bit deeper — and possibly a whole lot stronger — than last year’s edition.
That was the indication Tuesday when they opened their season at home against Piper and Bonner Springs.
The Bobcats split their duals, beating Piper, 42-39, and falling to Bonner Springs, 46-20.
Basehor-Linwood’s primary weakness was three open weight classes which allowed a blowout to appear much closer.
BLHS opened the dual with Piper by rattling off four straight victories by pin. Sammy Seaton won his 103-pound match with a quick pin. Mike Torrez followed with a first-period pin at 112 pounds, Antonio Ferro earned a first-period pin at 119 pounds and Josh Summers won his 125-pound match with a second-period pin. That gave the Bobcats a 24-0 lead before Piper scored its first points.
Eli Elliott was pinned at 130 pounds as Piper drew within 24-6, but Austin Rowland won by forfeit at 135 and Symon Seaton — a defending state champion — earned a victory by forfeit at 140 pounds to stretch the lead to 36-6. Tyler Simpson won by pin at 145 to make it 42-6 before the Pirates began their comeback.
Piper recorded victories at 152, 160 and 171 to draw within 42-21. Basehor-Linwood was open at 189, 215 and 285 which allowed the Pirates to record 18 more points to close the match.
The Bobcats stood toe-to-toe with Bonner Springs and were within 28-20 before the three forfeits at the heaviest weights made the final score more lopsided.
In fact, BLHS surged to a 13-0 lead against Bonner Springs when the Bobcats opened with three straight victories.
Sammy Seaton earned a 14-2 major decision against Josiah Seaton at 103, and Torrez battled to an 8-2 decision against Justus Seaton at 112. Ferro’s victory by pin at 119 gave the Bobcats early control.
Bonner Springs rallied and took the lead with back-to-back pins by Caleb Seaton (125) and Austin Cobb (130) and a 9-0 major decision by Colton Bulkley (135).
BLHS tied the score at 16-16 when Symon Seaton edged Bonner Springs’ Jonathan Blackwell — a state runner-up last year — by a 4-2 decision. The Braves’ Aaron Puckett earned an 8-0 decision against Simpson at 145, but Williams earned an 11-2 major decision at 152 and put BLHS ahead, 20-19.
Bonner Springs used a 10-8 decision by Jose Contreras against Struzzo and a pin by Jared Clements against Otto to build a 28-20 lead before claiming the final three matches by forfeit.
BLHS next competes at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kaw Valley League Dual Tournament at Lansing.