Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Bulldog wrestlers make national mark

January 2, 2002

The Baldwin High School wrestling team made its way into the record books on Dec. 6 at the third annual "Pack the House" night. The Bulldogs took on the Perry-Lecompton Kaws and defeated them with a perfect score of 84-0, scoring the maximum amount of points in every weight class.

Not only did BHS beat Perry Lecompton, they also had a score of 62-6 against Holton. The BHS wrestlers are the 11th team nationally to win by an 84-0 perfect score, and the second team ever to do it in Kansas, since the National Federation went to 12 weight classes in 1994. Basehor-Linwood accomplished the feat in 2000 against Leavenworth Immaculata. When there were only 12 weight classes, ACCHS-Effingham recorded a perfect score in 1981.

Against the Kaws, eight falls were recorded and six forfeits. The falls were recorded by freshman Joe Bonner (103 pounds), freshman Steve Hamilton (135), junior Nathan Deel (130), junior Seth Halford (189), senior Matt Gammon (140), senior Chris Hirschmann (152), sophomore Kyle Flory (171) and junior Dan Hamilton (215) had the final deciding record settiing fall.

"I was really nervous because I knew the perfect score all depended on me," said Dan Hamilton. "When I pinned the guy, I was extremely relieved."

"I just remember telling Dan, 'just go pin this guy, all I want you to do is just pin this guy,'" said senior captain Adam Halford. "But I don't think he heard me. It was an exciting dual."

Wrestling is the only BHS sport in the National Federation record book.

"It is something memorable for these kids to always know they accomplished," said third-year BHS coach Kit Harris. "It was great and all, but I want to keep things in perspective. It was just one dual and just one of those nights. There are a lot more goals I want to shoot for later in the year. I don't mean to take away from the kids and their performance, they did great, but I just want us to refocus on what lies ahead.

"We have a lot of very tough competitions coming up and I want us to start making a name for ourselves against the top teams. I want us to let them know there is another team that wants to be up there with them at the top," Harris said.

So far the Bulldogs are 2-0 in duals this year, outscoring their opponents 146-6.

The team competed in the tough Raytown South Christmas Invitaional Dec. 21-22, against nationally-ranked teams from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma.

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