BHS wrestlers place
Nine Baldwin High School wrestlers competed in the Northeast Kansas Freestyle Dual Tournament Saturday at Holton High School. All Bulldog grapplers helped lead their respective teams to a first, second, or third-place finish out of the seven total teams competing.
Senior Luke Lang (191.5 lbs.) was chosen to compete for a select team called Kansas Elite, which won the tournament going undefeated in six duals on the day. Lang was 6-0 with four falls in the competition.
Two Bulldog wrestlers competed for the tournament's runner-up squad. Sophomores Adam Halford (154 lbs.) and Mike Erickson (275 lbs.) represented the Team of Hard Knox which won the silver medal by finishing in second place.
The remainder of the Baldwin wrestlers competed for Sunflower Gold, a freestyle/greco-roman wrestling club in Topeka which trains at Washburn Rural High School. The Sunflower gold team finished in third place, narrowly losing to the Team of Hard Knox and going 4-2 in duals on the day.
The BHS wrestlers on this team were junior Andy Breedlove (220 lbs.); sophomores Witt Hinton (191.5 lbs.) and Chris Hirschmann (165 lbs.); and freshmen Nathan Deel (98 lbs.), Joe Brown (143 lbs.), and Seth Halford (178 lbs.).
Individually, Lang was the only undefeated Bulldog wrestler. Breedlove was 5-1 with three falls. Hinton and Deel were both 4-2 and Hinton had three falls and Deel had one. Erickson, Adam Halford and Hirschmann were 2-4, with Halford and Hirschmann each recording two falls. Seth Halford was 1-5 and Brown was 1-0, winning a hard-fought overtime match against a Hard Knox opponent.
The final team standings were: Kansas Elite 6-0, Team of Hard Knox 5-1, Sunflower Gold 4-2, Northeast Kansas 3-3, North Central Kansas 2-4, Chisolm Trail 1-5, and Predators Wrestling Club 0-6. The top four teams received medals for each team member.
The Baldwin Freestyle wrestlers will compete in various local Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling tournaments in the next few weeks and work towards competing in the Kansas State Tournament, which will be held at Baldwin High School on June 2-3, in an attempt to make the Kansas National Team which competes in Fargo, North Dakota, in July.
Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling are the two styles of wrestling used in the Olympics and involves slight variations in maneuvers and scoring then the traditional "Folkstyle" wrestling used at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels in the United States. The United States is the only country in the world that uses Folkstyle.