Six wrestlers qualify for state
Six Baldwin City Wrestling Club wrestlers placed in the top four of their brackets at the District Wrestling Tournament at Basehor-Linwood High School Saturday. By placing in the top four, the wrestlers earned qualification to the Kids State Tournament to be at the Topeka Expocenter Saturday and Sunday.
Three Baldwin wrestlers went undefeated and won gold medals in their brackets. Winning first place in the10/under age division at 110 lbs. was Gabe Mason, who went 3-0 with one fall. In the 12/under age division, Kevin Callahan at 100 lbs. also won first going 3-0 with one fall. Kyle Flory won gold at 14/under 165 lbs. with two falls and one technical fall.
Placing third was Nathan Deel at 16/under 120 lbs. Deel had a 2-1 record with two falls.
Rounding out the state qualifiers for Baldwin were fourth-place finishes from Joe Brown and Adam Halford. Brown went 2-2 in the 16/under 150-pound division. Halford was 2-2 competing in the 16/under 155-pound category.
It is a return trip to state for Mason, Callahan, Flory and Halford. It is the first time qualifying for Deel and Brown. Flory, Halford, Deel and Brown were all members of the Baldwin High School wrestling team this past season. Flory and Deel also qualified for the high school state tournament.
Also competing in the district tournament for Baldwin were Paul Halford (12/under, 150 lbs.), Peru Radnaabazar (16/under, 175 lbs.), Ethan Hebenstreit (10/under, 120 lbs.) and Derrick Whalen (14/under, 160 lbs.). Paul Halford and Radnaabazar each placed in the top six in their brackets, missing out on state qualification by one match.
Chase Abel also had qualified for the District tournament in the 12/under, 155 lbs. division, but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
The Baldwin wrestlers are led by coaches Brian Mason and Tracy Potter.
The state qualifiers will compete in the state championships next weekend. The top six of the 16-man brackets are named state placewinners. Flory placed fifth at state last year.