BHS’s Lang headed for nationals
While most athletes have packed away their gear and are headed on into the spring season, Baldwin High School two-time state wrestling medalist Luke Lang is still training for the upcoming challenges that he will face at the NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships.
Lang will travel to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he will compete on March 24-26 at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships has been a traditional showcase for the nation's top wrestlers. In 1999, 131 college and university coaches attended the championships. Among the schools attending were the top 25 Division I wrestling programs in the country.
To qualify for this event you must be a senior in high school and a public high school state champion or runner-up within your high school career.
Lang, a 189-pounder, placed second at the state tournament as a junior and third this year as a senior. He was a three-time Class 4A State Tournament qualifier. This year, Lang's overall season record was 30-3, recording a school record 23 falls. Lang's career record was an outstanding 83-15 with 69 falls. He will have his work cut out for him at nationals, as each weight class will feature approximately 100 state finalists and state champions from around the country. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class are named All-Americans.
"Luke has been taking these off-season competitions seriously. He has been training since the season let out. It is nice to see him get these opportunities. They are opening up many new college opportunities for him," said Kit Harris, head BHS wrestling coach.
To make the trip, Lang had to raise approximately $500 to travel with Team Kansas, which will depart from KCI early in the morning on March 23. He received several sponsorships to help fund the trip and will be the first ever Bulldog wrestler to compete in the event.