BLHS senior Torrez 5th in final year at Classic
Basehor-Linwood’s hopes of having a Bobcat Classic champion didn’t end when defending state champion Symon Seaton missed the home wrestling tournament with a wrist injury.
Mike Torrez marched to the 112-pound quarterfinals before losing to Baldwin’s Tucker Clark and being knocked into the back side of the bracket.
Torrez’s hopes of a championship were done, but his goal of medaling was not.
He avenged a loss at last week’s Dick Burns Mat Classic to Bonner Springs’ Justus Seaton with a 3-2 decision this time to reach the medal rounds. From there, he defeated St. James Academy’s Nick Mancuso by a 2-1 decision.
After falling to Sam Jameson of Glenwood (Iowa), 4-0, Torrez bounced back with a 3-2 decision against Baldwin’s Tucker Clark to claim fifth place.
Torrez was Basehor-Linwood’s only medalist at the Bobcat Classic, and he led the team to a 28th-place finish out of 34 teams.
Oak Park (Mo.) won the tournament title with 211.5 points, Goddard was second with 185.5 and Blue Springs (Mo.) finished third with 181.5.
The Bobcats nearly had another medalist in Tyler Simpson. He won his first match of the day at 140 pounds before being knocked into the back side of the bracket with a 9-4 loss to Rossville’s Kiefer Hurla. Simpson bounced back with back-to-back victories that pulled him within one win of the medal rounds. An injury default against Lansing’s Spencer Blew knocked Simpson out of medal contention. He finished the tournament with a 3-2 record.
Sophomore Sammy Seaton also came close to medaling despite losing his first match of the day. After receiving a first-round bye, he suffered a loss and was knocked into the back side of the bracket. Then he had another bye before picking up a victory by pin. A 7-6 loss to St. James Academy’s Reece Cokeley — the eventual seventh-place medalist — ended Seaton’s tournament with a 1-2 record.
Junior 119-pounder Antonio Ferro went 2-2 for the tournament and finished out of the medals.
No other Bobcats won a match.
Basehor-Linwood next competes at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Paola Invitational.