The Bobcat Classic is one of the better prep wrestling tournaments around and Basehor-Linwood High School once again played host to an impressive field over the weekend.
Leavenworth High School ended up the top finisher from the area, taking a 10th-place finish, tying with Gardner-Edgerton (89 points), while the host Bobcats took 14th place (84 points). Lansing ended up in 22nd place (59 points).
Goddard won the 33-team field in relatively easy fashion.
Leavenworth’s top finish was sparked by big performances by Joey Hancock, who took second place at 152 pounds, Hartwell Taylor (fifth place, 120), Jacob McLain (eighth place, 138), Dylan McLain (eighth place, 145) and Kodi Garrison (eighth place, 160).
Leavenworth’s plans changed at the end of last week when the Pioneers’ travel plans to the Newton Tournament got thwarted when winter storms canceled school, thus forcing the team to not be able to travel south that night to get ready to hit the mats early Friday.
“I thought it was a great weekend all things considered,” LVHS head coach Jacob Beck said. “We had a late change in schedule obviously so that can throw a huge wrench in things. The team battled hard through a tough tournament and we ended up with five placers. We started hot Saturday morning but couldn't keep our pace up and that is something we are going to have to improve on if we are going to get hardware in the postseason.
“It was great to see Jacob finally get rewarded for his effort and high output in matches. He broke kids and had them quitting which is awesome to watch. We had a few kids lose some heartbreakers which hopefully adds to their drive and focus in the room. We have a few days to get ready to see a tough familiar foe in Mill Valley so we are excited for that challenge.”
Lansing’s Camden Maestas (fourth place, 106 pounds), Braiden McKee (fourth place, 285 pounds) and Tyler Green (eighth place, 182 pounds) led the Lions in Basehor.
“I was extremely proud of the way my wrestlers competed at this elite tournament,” Lansing head coach Nick Flynn said. “Camden wrestled extremely well this weekend. He is a wrestler that gets better every time he steps on the mat. He puts the work in and is seeing the results.
“We are in the grind part of our season and our wrestlers are being tested. I’m seeing a lot of great things out of our guys, especially in the effort they are giving on the mat. Every one of them is competing well and showing the fight they need to win close matches.”
BLHS’ top finishers were Kaden Jacobson (third, 145 pounds) and Jon Trowbridge (third, 170 pounds). Dawson Lamberd was sixth at 106 pounds.
“Our team fared well with six wrestlers competing this weekend with three of them bringing home medals,” BLHS head coach Jason Puderbaugh said. “Overall the Bobcat wrestlers competed well, picking up several quality wins. … (Our) most outstanding wrestler of tournament goes to Kaden defeating the No. 2 and No. 4 state-ranked 4A wrestlers and the No. 3 state-ranked 6A wrestler with his only loss in the tournament to the No. 1 state-ranked 5A wrestler on his route to a third-place finish in one of the toughest tournaments in Kansas.”
The Basehor-Linwood girls’ powerlifting team took first place at Royal Valley with the boys’ ending up second on Saturday.
“I felt like we had a good day, with a lot of personal records being set,” BLHS head coach Justin Wieser said. “I feel like we can get a lot better. We were missing some lifters today and that hurt us on the men's side especially. Even with the missing lifters, I felt like we still had the ability to win. Some of our athletes just need to learn how to get out of their comfort zones and take things up a notch. We have a meet next week, then we will have some down time to fine tune some things before our home meet.”
Winning individual titles for the boys were Taylor Brownback (123), Tayton Gibson (173) and Joey Foster (181), while Hannah Stapleton (132) won the lone individual title for the Bobcat girls. Emma Armstrong (122) and Emmry Oldham (156) ended up second in their respective weight classes.
The Lansing High girls finished in third place at Royal Valley with top individual results coming by way of third-place finishes by Emma DaMetz and Mirinda Lowery.
Lansing’s Logan Buffo brought home a third-place individual honor for the boys.