‘Green’ Basehor-Linwood wrestlers inexperienced but showing promise
The Basehor-Linwood High School wrestling room is greener than normal this year.
The Bobcats have a lot of young wrestlers who are just learning the sport. Meanwhile, only one state qualifier returns.
Gone is Symon Seaton — a 2010 state champion — who is now wrestling at Fort Hays State University. Two other state qualifiers from last season also graduated.
The Bobcats’ roster is a mix of inexperienced freshmen and some upperclassmen with varsity experience.
Basehor-Linwood’s returning varsity wrestlers include Sammy Seaton — a 2011 state qualifier — in the 113-pound weight class, Josh Summers in the 132-pound weight class, Justin Summers in the 138-pound weight class, Cory McLeary in the 145-pound weight class, Dustin Williams in the 152-pound weight class and Steven Struzzo in the 160-pound weight class.
Third-year BLHS coach Ed Seaton also has some newcomers that he expects to improve as the season progresses. He said some of the freshmen, though inexperienced, were showing a lot of promise.
“If they stick with wrestling for a couple years, then they could see the work pay off with success as upperclassmen,” he said. “We always have freshmen coming in that have junior high experience. You go with the basics and show several takedowns, turns on top and pinning combinations. You show good escapes and how to pin them. We show them a few moves, but they’re pretty green. They are all working hard; they’re hitting the weights an hour before practice. Maybe halfway through the season we’ll come up with some winners.”
BLHS opens with matches on back-to-back days this week. Seaton said he was looking to see what information would make its way from the practice ring onto the mat.
“I just want to see if they have learned anything in the first two weeks of practice,” he said of the early competitions.
Going forward, Seaton said he wanted the team to be competitive in dual matches.
“I would like to see the guys win a few duals,” he said. “This is the first year we are close to having a full lineup. I would like to see us win a few matches in duals. I don’t know if we have enough experience for that or not, but we will find out.”
Seaton said the numbers have dwindled from 28 wrestlers when the season started to 20 at this point in the year entering today’s first dual matches of the season at Piper. He expects to fill 12 of the 13 spots in the wrestling lineup, which is up from nine spots being filled last season.
BLHS will face Bonner Springs and Piper in the first dual at 4:30 p.m. today at PHS. The Bobcats also will wrestle in a dual tournament at 3 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill.