Baldwin wrestlers compete in Denver
Denver Team Kansas placed fourth in greco-roman and seventh in freestyle at the Cadet National Duals in Denver this past weekend. Minnesota won titles in both styles. There were 22 teams from 18 states competing. Kansas entered two teams, Kansas Gold and Kansas Silver.
In the greco-roman finals, Kansas Gold lost a close dual to Oregon, after posting wins over Ohio, Colorado Gold, Texas and Colorado Silver and dropping duals to Minnesota and California. In the freestyle finals, Kansas Gold ended the tournament on a winning note, defeating Idaho for seventh place after winning duals over Oregon, Ohio and Oklahoma and losing to Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana. In all, the Kansas Gold competed in 15 duals and Kansas Silver in 11 duals in the three-day event.
Baldwin High School wrestlers Seth Halford and Charles Barnes wrestled for the Kansas Silver team. Both Barnes and Halford will be juniors next year. BHS coach Kit Harris was a coach for the team, along with Washburn Rural head coach Richard Fergola and Midwest Wrestling Report's Gonz Medina. Medina was a state champion and All-American for Bishop Miege HS and a NCAA Division I qualifier for the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
Other Baldwin wrestling notes:
There will be a fund-raising cookout in the backyard of Dennis and Kim Callahan's house Saturday, June 23, to raise money for Baldwin wrestlers attending nationals. The cookout will start at 2 p.m. and continue throughout the day. No set cost, but there will be a free-will donations bucket.
BHS wrestlers Nathan Deel, Witt Hinton, Luke Halford, Andy Breedlove and Kyle Flory will represent Team Kansas at the Junior/Cadet National Freestyle/Greco-Roman Tournament in Fargo, N.D., in July.
Baldwin youth wrestler Kevin Callahan will compete in the Kids Nationals freestyle/greco-roman tournament in Fresno, Calif., in July also. Having already won the folkstyle national title, Callahan has a shot at winning the "Triple Crown" award given to any youth wrestler who can win folkstyle, freestyle and greco-roman in the same year.