Trowbridge, Bobcats hungry for more success
The Basehor-Linwood wrestlers took sixth place as a team at the KSHSAA Class 4A state championships in Salina on Saturday, led by gold medal winner Jon Trowbridge.
The Bobcats scored a total of 70 points and were preceded by champion Baldwin (113), Chanute (105), Holton (87), Abilene (85) and El Dorado (78.5).
“We really came out and did some big things,” said Basehor-Linwood coach Tyler Cordts, who was named Class 4A Coach of the Year. “As always, there’s some areas we would have liked to have seen different and would like to improve. But, also, that’s what keeps us hungry and working for next year.
"I was just pleased that everybody came out and competed, and putting three in the finals, that’s the most we’ve ever had in school history. That was great.”
Trowbridge, a freshman, defeated Abilene’s Zach Baugh in the finals of the 126-pound division, winning the state title by fall at the 3:14 mark. He finished his first high school season with a 39-4 record.
“Trowbridge just came out and wrestled phenomenally,” Cordts said. “He came out to win, there’s no doubt about it, and he made it known. He wrestled tough, he wrestled aggressive, and he wrestled smart.
"He proved he was the best kid in the state at that weight. It’s always great to see a freshman win it because the possibilities are endless with what he can do.”
Basehor-Linwood also captured a pair of silver medals with freshman Cody Phippen (37-3) and sophomore Corbin Nirschl (34-2) taking second in the 106- and 120-pound divisions, respectively.
Phippen lost a 3-2 tie breaker to Pratt’s Dylan Pelland in the finals, and Nirschl lost a 9-7 decision to Sumner Academy’s Emmanuel Browne in his championships match.
“We had some heart-wrenching losses, but those two boys that lost were in the weight room getting better the very next day,” Cordts said. “That’s why those kids are the toughest kids in the state.”
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.