Archive for Wednesday, December 18, 2002

BHS wrestlers throw another Perry shutout

December 18, 2002

From Signal Staff Reports

Just a year after earning a place in the National Federation of High School Sports Record Book for defeating Perry-Lecompton with a perfect score of 84-0, the Baldwin High School wrestling team had a chance for a repeat perform ance.

The Bulldogs prevailed Thursday in duals against Holton and Perry-Lecompton. They defeated Holton 50-24 and Perry-Lecompton 80-0. The team's dual record now stands at 5-2, with a 44-22 loss to Shawnee Heights (ranked second in Class 5A) and 54-2 0 loss to Emporia (ranked fourth in Class 6A).

It looked as if the Bulldogs could hand Perry-Lecompton another perfect 84-0 blanking, but after a technical fall and a regular decision in the upper weights, the Bulldogs settled for an 80-0 victory.

"We wrestled hard, still making some positioning and technique mistakes, but they are getting fewer and fewer," said coach Kit Harris. "Our young kids who are first-year varsity have improved tremendously. We have eight freshmen and sophomore starters who are doing fantastic. They have really caught the coaching staff's eyes."

An exciting highlight of the evening was sophomore Andreas Brandenberger's defensive pin against Steve Iverson of Holton. Brandenberger, only a second-year wrestler, was 2-0 for the evening and is now 4-3 overall in his first year on varsity. Others to be undefeated for the evening were sophomore Joe Bonner, sophomore Dan Gammon, sophomore Steve Hamilton, junior Derek Lang, junior Kyle Flory, senior Dan Hamilton, senior Seth Halford and senior Charles Barnes.

"I was happy with everyone's performance. Everyone had a hard-fought match," said Steve Hamilton. He was victorious in both matches with a technical fall over Holton's Rusty Erickson and a fall over Perry-Lecompton's Nick Kal inichenko.

"We did very well. There were a few mistakes but nothing we can't fix. I hope we continue to do well. At this point it looks like we will," said Halford, who was undefeated with two first-period pins over Holton's Patrick Burch and Perry-Leco mpton's Beau Blossen. Halford is now 5-2 overall.

The team's top records belong to Bonner (7-0) and Flory (7-0). Flory has scored 21 takedowns and given up none so far this year. Other top records are Lang and Dan Hamilton (both 6-1) and Halford and S teve Hamilton (both 5-2).

The Bulldogs will next see action Friday and Saturday at the Raytown South (Mo.) Tournament. The event has been recognized as one of the toughest in the nation by Wrestling USA magazine.

"It's a tough tournament," said Dan Hamilton, who placed sixth there last year at 215 pounds.

"It's a real tough challenge for us," said Halford. "It is a lot of fun but real hard. It definitely makes us better for the rest of the season, though."{

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