Top wrestler honors go to Breedlove, Haeffner
This week's Baldwin High School wrestlers of the week are Andy Breedlove for the varsity and Josh Haeffner for the junior varsity.
Junior team captain Breedlove had a big week for the Bulldogs. He scored the deciding victory in an exciting thriller of a dual against league foe Osawatomie on "Pack the House/Senior Night" in the BHS gym Thursday. Down 37-35, the Bulldogs needed a win to secure the dual victory. Breedlove moved up to the 275-pound weight division and scored a second period fall to give Baldwin a 41-37 victory and its first
winning dual season since 1989. Breedlove also pinned his Prairie View opponent in the earlier dual to improve his record to 17-10 on the year.
He is among the team leaders in wins, team points and falls.
"I most like the fact that Andy stepped onto the mat in such a pressure situation and performed in the business-like manner that he did," said coach Kit Harris. "I never sensed a touch of nervousness or fear in him and that is a nice sign. To
accomplish big things, athletes often have to perform big in tough situations like that and to see Andy's ability to do so is perhaps a sign of some big things to come. He is a great team leader and has been a consistently hard worker all year long."
Haeffner, a freshman 145-pounder who has split time between varsity and junior varsity competitions this season, had a stellar performance at the Shawnee Heights JV Tournament Saturday. In addition to winning a JV match Thursday, Haeffner went 3-0 at Shawnee Heights to capture the gold medal in the 145-pound bracket. In the finals, Haeffner defeated teammate Joe Brown, another talented Bulldog freshman, in a tight 4-2 match. With the wins, Haeffner improved his JV record to 7-2 on the year, to go along
with his 6-12 varsity record.
"Josh wrestled like he can wrestle at the Shawnee Heights Tournament," said Harris. "When he focuses on his wrestling, he can be a very talented athlete. He is scrappy and battles hard and with some continued technique improvement, he will continue to do well for us. At Shawnee Heights, he knocked off the No. 1 seed in the semi-finals, an undefeated wrestler from Paola, by a fall after he was winning the match 14-2. He can be really tough when he turns it on."