Archive for Wednesday, March 29, 2000

Lang goes to Nationals

March 29, 2000

The high school wrestling season may have been over weeks ago, but for Baldwin High School senior Luke Lang it ended just last weekend. He competed at the National High School Wrestling Championships at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Penn.

It is the top wrestling competition in the nation which is held each year for state champions and state finalists only from all states. Lang finished in the top 16 of his 60-man bracket with a record of 3-2. All three of his wins were by falls. He was two matches away from being an All-American.

"Luke wrestled outstanding and surprised a lot of people, but it didn't really surprise me. He is very good and getting better and better each time he trains," said Kit Harris, BHS wrestling coach.

Lang defeated Seth Fragale from Pennsylvania, Landon Seefeldt from California and Jeffrey Rusher from Colorado, who was a three time state champion. He lost to Paul Venecki of Pennsylvania and Scott Barker of Missouri, who went on to win the tournament. Both wrestlers that beat Lang were All-Americans.

"He is really starting to develop as a wrestler and put it all together. This tournament helps him realize that he belongs up there with the best from around the country. He has a lot to be proud of, this is a big time tournament that he not only competed in, but had success in," Harris said.

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