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State wrestling 2014: Meet the Bobcats

Five Basehor-Linwood wrestlers will represent the Bobcats at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina. In back, from left, are Dalton Inlow, John Hopper, Josh Summer and Cory McCleary. Kneeling is Corbin Nirschl.

Five Basehor-Linwood wrestlers will represent the Bobcats at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina. In back, from left, are Dalton Inlow, John Hopper, Josh Summer and Cory McCleary. Kneeling is Corbin Nirschl.

February 28, 2014

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Corbin Nirschl (106 pounds)

Corbin Nirschl (106 pounds)

Dalton Inlow (138 pounds)

Dalton Inlow (138 pounds)

Josh Summers (145 pounds)

Josh Summers (145 pounds)

John Hopper (152 pounds)

John Hopper (152 pounds)

Cory McCleary (160 pounds)

Cory McCleary (160 pounds)

— Five Basehor-Linwood wrestlers have made their way to the Salina Bicentennial Center, where they'll represent their school at the Class 4A state tournament.

Action will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. The first day's competition will conclude with championship semifinals. The tournament will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday with consolation cross-bracketing. Follow The Sentinel on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates throughout the tournament.

Here is a look at each of the Bobcat qualifiers and how they made it to state.

Corbin Nirschl (106 pounds)

Year: Freshman

Season record: 27-0

Regional finish: First

Other notable finishes: 3-0 at Spring Hill duals, First at Bonner Springs, First at Bobcat Classic, First at Baldwin, First at KVL

First state opponent: Levi Green (Baldwin)

Notes: Nirschl is one of seven undefeated wrestlers in the entire tournament. He is the state's top-ranked 106-pounder in the Class 4A poll and is currently ranked No. 16 nationally by InterMat Wrestling. He leads the Bobcats in two-point near falls (10) and is tied for the team lead in three-point near falls (13).

Dalton Inlow (138 pounds)

Year: Senior

Season record: 14-2

Regional finish: Third

Other notable finishes: 4-0 at Spring Hill duals, Third at KVL

First state opponent: Jake Wilson (Rose Hill)

Notes: Inlow was presumably done for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in December, but made a surprise return for the Kaw Valley League tournament on Feb. 15. He's 7-2 since returning with his only losses coming to a pair of state qualifiers. Ten of his 14 victories have come by pin.

Josh Summers (145 pounds)

Year: Senior

Season record: 18-10

Regional finish: Second

Other notable finishes: 5-0 at Spring Hill duals, Fourth at SMNW, Fourth at Baldwin, Fourth at KVL

First state opponent: Logan Elliott (Mulvane)

Notes: A first-time state qualifier, Summers punched his ticket to Salina when he reached the regional finals last week in Holton. It was his first tournament final appearance of the season after suffering semifinal losses in three previous competitions. He leads the team in escapes (15) and major decisions (6).

John Hopper (152 pounds)

Year: Senior

Season record: 27-6

Regional finish: Third

Other notable finishes: 5-0 at Spring Hill duals, First at SMNW, First at Bonner Springs, Second at Paola, Third at Baldwin

First state opponent: Connor Patton (Paola)

Notes: Hopper is a second-time state qualifier after making his inaugural trip as a junior in 2013. He won the first tournament title of his career Dec. 14 at Shawnee Mission Northwest, then followed up with another gold medal Jan. 11 at Bonner Springs. He leads the team with nine victories by decision and, other than Nirschl, is the only regular starter not to be pinned this season.

Cory McCleary (160 pounds)

Year: Senior

Season record: 33-8

Regional finish: Third

Other notable finishes: 4-0 at Spring Hill duals, First at SMNW, Second at Bonner Springs, Third at Baldwin, Second at KVL

First state opponent: Gabe Ware (Clay Center)

Notes: McCleary is the Bobcats' most experienced state wrestler with two appearances already under his belt. He'll try to end his season with a medal after failing to do so as a sophomore and junior. He leads the team in wins (33) and pins (21), and he's tied for the team lead in three-point near falls (13).

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