Braves’ Seaton to continue wrestling career at FHSU
Caleb Seaton won’t be packing on the pounds any time soon.
The Bonner Springs High School senior wrestler — a four-time state medalist and the 2011 state champion at 125 pounds — signed a letter of intent in May to continue his wrestling career at Fort Hays State University.
“They’ve got a pretty good Division II team,” Seaton said. “Several of my coaches have gone there and talked it up a bit.”
Seaton said the coaches currently peg him at a weight class of 125 pounds or lighter.
Regardless, the effort necessary to keep his weight down should be no problem for Seaton. He has a track record of doing whatever it takes to be successful in wrestling. His senior year is evidence of that as he put off shoulder surgery and competed in pain throughout his final season in pursuit of a state title.
Seaton competed all season with a shoulder brace that attempted to hold his right shoulder together. He had a hole in his rotator cuff, and the shoulder’s tendons were stretched thin. That combination allowed the shoulder to pop in and out of socket with the slightest jostling.
In the end, the pain paid off as Seaton won a state championship and finished the season with a 34-5 record.
One week later he competed in the Metro Classic Kansas vs. Missouri wrestling dual. A few days later, he headed to the hospital for shoulder surgery.
Now, almost three months after winning a state championship, Seaton has his high school diploma and a roster spot secured on a college wrestling team.
BSHS coach Brandon Jobe said Fort Hays State is getting an outstanding wrestler, and he said Seaton is a good fit for the program.
Jobe should know. He wrestled at Fort Hays State, and FHSU coach Chas Thompson was one of Jobe’s college roommates.
Despite the close connection, Jobe said he didn’t pressure Seaton to sign with Fort Hays State.
“To be honest, I kind of stayed out of it,” Jobe said. “A lot of coaches would call, and I talked to a ton of coaches about him and gave them my honest opinion. I wanted him to make his own decision, though. Obviously I’m thrilled he’s going to Fort Hays, but I wanted him to go where he felt comfortable and it met his academic needs. I think he made a good choice.”
Jobe said the transition from high school to college wrestling is something Seaton is ready for. Jobe structured parts of Bonner Springs’ practices off of the way things were done at FHSU, so Seaton should know the routine.
“It’ll be an easy transition for him,” Jobe said. “(The FHSU coach) and I have a lot of similar styles and similar philosophies. I run practices a lot like we did in college, so it should be a more easy transition than maybe if he’d gone to another program with different philosophies.”
Seaton said he’s ready to get to Fort Hays State and get to work.
“It’s just going from high school where sports are fun to college where it’s a little bit more of a job,” he said.
Jobe noted that growing up in the Seaton household should have him more prepared for the college wrestling lifestyle. The entire Seaton family is involved in wrestling — Caleb’s father, Jerry Seaton, is a BSHS assistant coach, and his mother, Cheryle Seaton, runs the Bonner Springs Kids Club. In addition, all of the Seaton boys are wrestlers, and older sister Tessa was a BSHS wrestling manager.
“Around the Seaton house it’s all wrestling all the time,” Jobe said. “It’s the same in college. If you want to be at that level you’ve got to eat, sleep and breathe it.”