Hopper to wrestle at William Penn
In his final high school season, Basehor-Linwood senior John Hopper elevated his performance on wrestling mat to new heights. Hopper's career in a Bobcat singlet came to an end at the state tournament in March, but his time as a wrestler is far from over.
Hopper will continue his career next season at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
A regular starter at 152 pounds, Hopper entered his senior season having never won a tournament title. That streak came to an end when he claimed a gold medal Dec. 14 at Shawnee Mission Northwest. The championship was part of a 14-0 start to the season that included eight pins.
He went on to finish 27-8 overall, ending his BLHS career with his second consecutive state appearance. He led the Bobcats this season with 10 victories by decision and was pinned just one time.
Hopper made plenty of noise before his senior season ever started, as he went a perfect 15-0 in a tournament at a team camp in June in DeWitt, Iowa. After the camp, Bobcat coach Tyler Cordts called Hopper "the talk of the tournament."
Hopper joins a WPU team that finished 22nd out of 39 teams at the NAIA national tournament in March. The Statesmen are coached by Eric Reed, who also helped coach a camp over the summer in Basehor.