Lang has lone pin for Kansas wrestling squad
Baldwin High School's Luke Lang competed in the Kansas vs. Missouri Metro Classic last week and was the lone wrestler to win by pin.
Lang pinned his Missouri opponent is 1:50 to score six big points for the Kansas team. Those points almost proved decisive as the classic came down to the final match before Missouri won 29-27.
"It was fun," Lang said of his experience in the border wrestling war. "It was a real treat. It was exciting."
Others who witnessed Lang's performance were impressed.
"Luke wrestled on fire, he really got after it and approached this competition with his typical fierce competitive spirit," said Kit Harris, BHS wrestling coach. "He dominated this match from the second the first whistle blew. He had this guy backing up on his heels the entire time. Luke can do that to his opponents, he can really intimidate."
Lang and Harris were both pleased that the 189-pounder was selected for the match.
"It was quite an honor to be invited to this event," said Harris. " This event has been going on for eight years now and has really grown in popularity in the metro area. The gym was packed and the wrestlers put on quite a show for them. Kansas almost pulled off the win. Missouri has been dominating the
meet, winning six of eight. But it usually comes down to the last match as this one did."
Losing 29-24, Kansas had a chance to win the meet, but the Kansas heavyweight (6A Champion and two-time All-American Jeremiah Beltran of Olathe South) had to pin the Missouri heavyweight (undefeated Blue Springs State
Champ James Jack). Beltran won the match, but only by a 3-1 decision, not enough for the team score to fall into Kansas' favor.