Baldwin High wrestlers end week on high note
A long, tough week ended for the Baldwin High School wrestling team Saturday with the seven individual medals and a fifth-place team showing at the George Worley Invitational Tournament in Atchison.
It was the most medalists the team has had this season and took some of the sting off the rest of the week where the Bulldogs dropped four straight duals. Coach Kit Harris believes the team is shaping up well.
"We lost two duals we should not have lost last week and that hurts," said Harris. "Sure it was a long and tiring week, but winners overcome adversity and we need to be able to do that. I am, as always, proud of our efforts and continued improvement.
"I love the attitude and work ethic of these young men and that makes a season enjoyable and memorable win or lose," he said. "I also like the team togetherness of the squad. They have a win as a team/lose as a team mentality and that's great. There is no finger pointing or blaming. We are in this thing together and I like where we are headed as a program."
At Atchison Saturday, BHS had second-place finishes by senior Luke Lang at 189 pounds and junior Matt Westgate at 112. Finishing third were Nathan Deel (103) and Zach Good (171). Fourth-place finishes went to Joe Brown (140), Chris Hirschmann (152) and Andy Breedlove (215).
Clay Center won the tournament with 189 points, followed by ACCHS-Effingham (168); Royal Valley (122.5); Atchison (114); Baldwin (76); Perry-Lecompton (61); Kansas City Sumner (45); Gardner-Edgerton (33); and Maur Hill (0).
The dual results from the week weren't so favor-able. BHS lost two close ones last Tuesday at Parsons. The Bulldogs fell 42-36 to host Parsons and 45-36 to Burlington.
"We wrestled good, winning where we should have, and losing only to good wrestlers," said Harris. "But we gave up too many pins and that will kill a team in a dual. We can't afford to give up pin points, especially with two open weight classes."
Winning matches for BHS against Parsons were Zach Haeffner (160 pounds), Good (171), Lang (189), Westgate (112) and Josh Haeffner (145).
Against Burlington, wins were recorded by Deal (103), J. Haeffner, Good, Lang, Breedlove (215) and Witt Hinton (275).
Those were duals the Bulldogs could have won. It wasn't the same case Thursday when BHS traveled to Spring Hill where they ran into two of the Frontier League's top teams. Spring Hill beat the Bulldogs 52-21 and Anderson County topped BHS 69-10.
Zach Haeffner and Lang won both their matches and Westgate and Breedlove won one apiece.
"The score may not show it, but we competed well for being so young," said Harris. "I like it that we want to win each and every time out, but we sometimes need to remind ourselves that we are very young. Of the 12 weights we filled, four are freshmen and three are sophomores and not many teams start that much youth."
Next action for the Bulldogs will be at home Thursday at 6 p.m. against Osawatomie and Prairie View in another double dual. It's "Pack the House" Night and several special events are planned (see accompanying story).