BHS wrestlers finish 14th
Baldwin High School's wrestling team finished out the 2002 portion of the schedule Friday and Saturday with a 14th-place finish in the Raytown South Christmas Invitational which annually draws some of the toughest competition in a three-state radius.
Schools that compete in the invitational are Missouri's equivalent to Class 6A and 5A teams. BHS is the lone smaller division team that takes to the mat for the tournament.
Blue Springs, Mo., won the tournament with 361.5 points, just ahead of Liberty, Mo., which had 355.5. Other team scores were: Raymore-Peculiar, Mo., 322.5; Farmington, Mo., 309.5; JF Kennedy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 307.5; St. Charles (Mo.) West, 301.5; Oak Grove, Mo., 299; Excelsior Springs, Mo., 252.5; Raytown (Mo.) South, 229.5; Francis Howell, Mo., 201.5; Lawson, Mo., 196; Waynesville, Mo., 183.5; Kearney, Mo., 154: BHS 151.5; Whitfield, Mo., 132; Fort Osage, Mo., 86.5; and O'Hara, Mo., 84.5.
Individually, Baldwin was led by sophomore Steve Hamilton's fourth-place finish with a 6-2 record in the 135-pound division. Brother Dan Hamilton, a senior, was sixth with a 5-3 record at 189 pounds and junior Derek Lang was also sixth with a 5-3 record at 160 pounds.
Finishing seventh for the Bulldogs were sophomore Joe Bonner with a 5-3 record at 112 pounds and junior Kyle Flory with a 5-3 record at 171 pounds.
The BHS wrestling team will return to action Jan. 9 dual with Wellsville at home. The matches will start that Thursday at 5 p.m. After that, the Bulldogs will be idle until Jan. 17-18 when they will compete in the Bobcat Classic at Basehor.