Baldwin youth wrestlers qualify for state tourney
Holton, Kan. Sixteen Baldwin youth wrestlers placed at the Sub-District tournament at Holton High School Saturday and qualified for a spot in this weekend's District Championships in Ottawa. The top four placers at Districts will qualify for the Kids State Wrestling Tournament to be held at the Topeka Expocenter on March 29-30.
"I thought they did a very good job. I was pleasantly surprised with our results," said youth wrestling coach Brian Mason.
Baldwin placed three in the 10-under age division, six in 12-under, five in 14-under, and two more placed in the 16-under age division.
Placing in the 10-under division were Alan Callahan (third place at 85 pounds), Carson Wood (third place at 130) and Ethan Hebenstriet (champion at 150).
In the 12-under division, Baldwin had placers in Sean Potter (fourth place at 92), Kevin Callahan (champion at 110), Michael Kohn (third place at 140), Chase Abel (champion at 150), Josh Wood (runner-up at 150), and Paul Halford (fourth place at 165).
In the 14-under age group, placers were Joe Bonner (third place at 105), Josh Kohn (fourth place at 120) and Luke Halford (fourth place at 155). Josiah Mason (135) and Derrick Whalen (175) each placed fifth but qualified for Districts as alternates.
At 16-under, Wayne Sage (champion at 120) and Seth Halford (fourth place at 215) placed. Charles Barnes placed fifth place at 215 and will be able to compete in Districts if a spot opens in the bracket.
"I think we have a very good shot of a lot of these wrestlers advancing this weekend," coach Mason said about his team's outlook this weekend.
Last year, Baldwin had 11 wrestlers qualify for Districts and six qualified for state. At state, three placed: Kevin Callahan (fifth), Gabe Mason (third), and Kyle Flory (second). Two others were one match from placing: Nathan Deel and Adam Halford. It was a tie for the most placers in one season for the Baldwin youth wrestling club.
Wrestling Saturday begins at 9 a.m. at Ottawa High School. The Baldwin head coaches are Mason and Tracy Potter.