Symon Seaton reaches regional finals
Basehor-Linwood High School sent a seven-man contingent to the Class 4A wrestling regional tournament Friday at Holton High School, and all seven are still alive entering Saturday’s competition.
One Bobcat already has earned a state berth, and the other six still have work to do.
Senior Symon Seaton, a defending state champion, already has locked up a state trip. He accomplished that feat by reaching the 135-pound finals. Seaton pinned his first-round opponent and then used a technical fall and a major decision to reach the finals. He will battle Bonner Springs’ Jonathan Blackwell for the regional title on Saturday.
Seaton beat Blackwell in the first duals of the season, but Blackwell defeated Seaton for the Kaw Valley League title last week.
At 103 pounds, Sammy Seaton reached the championship semifinals before falling 3-0 to St. James Academy’s Reese Cokeley. Seaton now must win his consolation semifinal match to secure a state berth.
At 119 pounds, Antonio Ferro is in the same position as Sammy Seaton. Ferro reached the championship semifinals before losing.
BLHS 112-pounder Michael Torrez was upended by Bonner Springs’ Justus Seaton in the championship quarterfinals and needs to win three matches Saturday to qualify for state.
Josh Summers lost in the first round at 125 pounds. He needs to win three in a row Saturday to qualify for state. Cory McCleary fell in the first round at 145 pounds and needs three Saturday victories to qualify for state, as does 152-pounder Stephan Struzzo.