Basehor Eudora High wrestler Mike Paxton played the role of unknown stud perfectly at the Bobcat Classic on Saturday.
"People look at me in a singlet and they see a short little fat kid. They don't think much of me," Paxton said. "They don't know how strong I am."
No kidding. Paxton, who benches 350 pounds, tossed and threw his way to the 215-pound title, pinning all four opponents and no doubt opening eyes with his ability.
"That's just Mike's style," Cardinals coach Bill DeWitt said. "It works well for him because he doesn't force anything. He sets them up and throws them."
Eudora, behind medal-winning performances from Paxton, heavyweight senior Shane Grant (sixth) and 171-pound senior Luke Powers (fifth), placed 15th at the 22-team tournament, one of the state's toughest. Baldwin, who had medalists in 189-pound senior Dan Hamilton (sixth) and 215-pound senior Seth Halford (fifth), was 18th.
Santa Fe Trail sophomore Justin Wiscombe claimed the 152-pound title, pacing the Chargers to ninth. Wiscombe beat Basehor-Linwood's Brandon Buck in the finals, earning a 1-1 double-overtime decision.
"He always has the ability to rise to the occasion," SFT coach Regan Erickson said. "He's still working on his shot, and some things, but that was huge."
SFT's Travis Eden placed second at 145-pounds, edged by Spring Hill's Justin Stirling.