BHS wresters have a ‘Bash’
It was a night to remember Thursday for the Baldwin High School wrestling team and program. The first-ever "Wrestling Bash" was well attended and raised $2,000 for a new mat, the second-annual "Pack the House Night" drew a large crowd and then the Bulldogs capped the evening with a 49-27 victory over Burlington.
It all left BHS coach Kit Harris feeling good, too.
"The 'Bash' was a great evening," said Harris. "It was a tremendous feeling for me and the team to see all that support from the community, our fans and friends. Nights like that help these kids feel like their hard work and accomplishments are noticed and appreciated. It was a huge pat on the back for them.
"I have been to very few high school-level wrestling duals with a crowd like that," he said. "It makes the event exciting and makes our kids wrestle with some of the adrenaline and nerves that they need to learn to compete through. It was a great experience all the way around. I hope the fans enjoyed the performance by the kids. I know the wrestlers enjoyed having them there."
To say it was a different atmosphere is an understatement. Keeping to the strange format, the dual began at 140 pounds instead of 103. Matches continued through heavyweight, where the match was stopped, the mat was moved and BHS's pom pon squad performed.
Then it was back to wrestling, picking up at the 125-pound class and working through 135. Burlington forfeited at 103, 112 and 119. In the 11 matches that were wrestled, BHS won six. Winning by falls were 135-pounder Adam Turk (in 1:45), 152-pounder Adam Halford (1:53), 215-pounder Andy Breedlove (2:54) and 275-pounder Witt Hinton (1:08). BHS also had decisions from Kyle Flory (14-6) at 160 pounds and Jerrad Goodell (8-6 in overtime) at 189.
"We wrestled well from top to bottom," said Harris. "Jerrad Goodell had an exciting win at 189 and Kyle Flory knocked off one of their top wrestlers with dominance at 160.
"We attacked well for the most part and never showed any quit," he said. "We still need to hone our techniques, though. We have a tendency to get sloppy and lose sharpness on our scoring attempts. This happens usually when we get overexcited as opposed to maintaining focus."
The victory moved BHS's dual record to 3-1 on the year. Next up is a double dual at Louisburg Thursday at 5 p.m. Gardner will also be there. After that will be the Washburn Rural Championship Duals Saturday and then a return to Frontier League grappling Jan. 25 against Anderson County, Spring Hill and Gardner.
"We get a chance to take on some league opponents in these next few weeks," he said. "We will also take part in a real competitive tournament in the Washburn Rural Championship Duals. It includes Jefferson City Helias, the Missouri state champs in 11 of the last 19 years, and Cuyahoga Valley from Ohio, as well as some of the top Class 4A, 5A and 6A teams throughout the state.
"It is a dual tournament and we will wrestle in five duals," said Harris. "It will be a great test for us."