BHS wrestlers open second season
Baldwin High School's wrestling team opened the 2002 portion of its schedule with a win over Wellsville in a dual and a seventh-place finish in the Rossville tournament.
BHS topped Wellsville 51-22, but only six matches were wrestled. The others were forfeits. Saturday's tourney in Rossville proved to be a challenge.
"It was a tough tournament, which is the kind we like," said coach Kit Harris. "The six teams ahead of us were ranked in the top seven in either the Class 4A or 3-1A polls. Those are the teams I am wanting us to start competing with and beating.
"We competed with them and came real close to several of them in team score, but came up just short," he said. "We are still working our way up there though and I am happy about that progress."
BHS 103-pounder Joe Bonner led the Bulldogs with a first-place finish. Witt Hinton (275) and Kyle Flory (171) both finished second. Adam Halford finished third at 160. Wayne Sage (119), Chris Hirschmann (152) and Dan Hamilton (215) all were fourth.
"Joe Bonner had a great tournament," said Harris. "He was real aggressive and controlled the action in all his matches. He came in unseeded and pinned the No. 2, No. 3 and then the No. 1 seeds to win it.
"Adam Halford was unseeded and went 4-1 to place third," he said. "Dan Hamilton was seeded seventh and placed fourth. Chris Hirschmann was seeded fifth and placed fourth. We were all wrestling above our seeds."
As for the team scoring, Clay Center was first with 189 points, followed by ACCHS-Effingham (152.5), Santa Fe Trail (141), Rossville (110), Sabetha (104), Phillipsburg (103.5), BHS (86.5), Hiawatha (21), Topeka Hayden (18) and St. Mary's (14). That was a tough line up and Harris thinks his squad was up to the challenge.
"We had kids competing very well. We are definitely improving as the season goes along in our techniques," he said. "We saw a lot of ranked wrestlers Saturday at Rossville, so it helped us evaluate where we are at. But the kids are working on the individual improvements I have been asking each of them to do."
Next up for the wrestlers is a dual at Burlington Thursday night. On Jan. 17, BHS will play host to Gardner and Louisburg in a double dual in the BHS gym. That is set to start at 5 p.m.