Bobcats take five of eight matches in 37-34 defeat
Sometimes when a team earns a high state ranking, the first thing it wants to do is legitimize that level of recognition.
Wednesday night, the Basehor-Linwood wrestling team, rated seventh in Class4A-I, had that opportunity against perennial powers Emporia, ranked 10th in Class 5A.
A short-handed lineup would lead to 24 forfeit points in the favor of Emporia, but the Bobcats won on the mat as the Bobcats would drop a close, 37-34 decision, despite taking five of eight decisions on matches actually wrestled.
“One of the things we also look at is how many more matches did we actually win out of the matches wrestled and we did that,” BLHS head coach Jason Puderbaugh said. “Our only disappointment on the night is we had one match where we really should have finished three periods and competed for three periods, but instead we competed for two and got pinned in three. We give up six points instead of three (which could have tied the match).”
The winning BLHS grapplers were Drake Parkinson (pin at 1:45, 106 pounds), Dawson Lamberd (pin at 2:20, 120 pounds), Jon Trowbridge (pin at 5:28, 182 pounds), T.J. Williams (pin at 1:23, 195 pounds) and Victor Bejarano (9-0 win at 285 pounds).
Basehor 145 pounder Kaden Jacobson battled strongly in the best match of the night, before dropping a 10-8 triple overtime decision that could have gone his way if a take down would have been awarded before a referee’s whistle stopped action due to the Emporia wrestler being stuck in an awkward position earlier in overtime.
“There was a disagreement on the call, we had two points in overtime,” Puderbaugh said. “They said it was potentially dangerous, but we didn’t use a dangerous hold to get the two. So the two was ours, you stop the match potential and it’s over, we win. It was a judgement call and the ref is going to err on the side of safety. It wasn’t us stepping over for two and ending up in a dangerous hold. The question is do you award the two and stop it or stop it and not award the two?
“I am happy that we wrestled hard and won the majority of the matches. Our guys showed good attitude and good fight. We never backed down and that’s all you can ask for.”
Williams believes the Bobcats have continued to keep their collective eye on the prize even if the team’s record could take a hit due to low numbers.
“This year we are low in numbers, but the guys who have struck around have good chances in the postseason tournaments, so I feel confident going into later in the season,” Williams said. “We started off with 16 wrestlers, but due to various reasons some couldn’t wrestle anymore. The guys who have stuck it out are really confident and everything and we have each others’ backs and everything.”