Deel, Halford lead freestyle wrestlers; Hinton, Breedlove chosen for select team
Four Baldwin wrestlers competed in the Blue Valley North freestyle/greco-roman wrestling tournament May 13, and came home with plenty of hardware as a reward for their efforts.
Nathan Deel turned in the team's best performance, going 3-1 on the day, recording two falls, and winning the silver medal in his freestyle bracket. Seth Halford was 4-2 on the day, winning a silver medal in both freestyle and greco-roman.
Also competing were Adam Halford, who placed second in freestyle,
and Joe Brown, who won a bronze medal in freestyle. Deel, Brown and Seth
Halford are all freshmen wrestlers for Baldwin High School, and Adam
Halford is a sophomore. Deel, Brown and Adam Halford competed on the
varsity squad, helping lead BHS to a winning dual record this past season.
Two other Bulldog wrestlers were chosen for a select freestyle team
called Sunflower Elite which placed sixth out of 10 teams in the competitive
Wrestling Central Freestyle Duals at Winnetonka High School in Kansas
City, Mo., on Saturday.
Junior Andy Breedlove went 3-2 in the 220-pound division, winning two matches by fall. Sophomore Witt Hinton went 2-3 at 191.5 pounds, winning both his matches by fall. As a team, Sunflower Elite placed sixth out of 10 teams. Sunflower Elite lost its first dual to Team Central (Missouri) by a 29-21 score and then lost to Team Missouri Select Red (St. Louis) by a 28-26 score.
They rebounded to defeat Team Hammer (Kansas City, Mo.) 52-6 and East Kansas Blue (Kansas City, Kan.) by a 47-6 margin. In their finals dual, they lost a 32-22 dual to Park Hill, Mo. Also competing from BHS was sophomore heavyweight Mike Erickson.
The tournament is one of the premier freestyle competitions in the Midwest and is held each year in Kansas City. East Kansas Red won the event, followed by Team Central, Team Missouri Select Red, Competitors Association, Park Hill and Sunflower Elite in the top six placings.
Baldwin High School will play host to the Kansas State Freestyle/Greco-Roman Tournament on Friday and Saturday, June 2-3. The meet will include wrestlers from youth to high school level. The high school-aged wrestlers are competing for a spot on the Kansas National Team which will compete at the National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota,