BHS’s Hinton selected for classic dual
Baldwin High School senior state champion Witt Hinton has recently been selected to compete in the East/West Classic wrestling dual to be held on Thursday in Topeka. The honor comes after Hinton completed an exciting senior year with a 39-5 record and a Class 4A state title at 275 pounds.
"I think it is a great honor," Hinton said of being informed he was the first-ever Baldwin wrestler to be chosen for the competition. "I'm going to do the best I can. Maybe I can be the first Baldwin wrestler to win in it. That would be exciting."
Hinton's counterpart will be Mark Kline, a Kansas City Turner heavyweight who placed second in the Class 5A state tournament. It will be the battle of the "light heavyweights," as both wrestlers weigh around 200 pounds and chose to wrestle up at the 275-pound class.
In the other heavyweight match-up, Class 3-1A champion Andrew Ubben of Phillipsburg will compete against Class 5A champion Kevin Pulliam of KC-Harmon.
The selection committee chooses the top seniors in the state for an East vs. West match-up. Hinton will be competing on the "West" team because Baldwin is further west than KC-Turner.
The competition will be held at Topeka High School the night before the Kids State tournament begins at the Topeka Expocenter. Pre-match activities begin at 7 p.m., with wrestling beginning at 7:30. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The event is sponsored in part by the cooperation of the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association and USA-Wrestling Kansas.
Hinton has had numerous post-season honors after winning his state title. He was named to the Lawrence Journal-World's All-Area team, along with Bulldog teammates Derek Lang, Kyle Flory and Dan Hamilton. He was also named to the KWCA Academic All-State team with a 3.46 GPA.
"I think it's fun to work real hard and then have it all pay off," Hinton said of his post-season recognition.
Two other Bulldogs were also named to the KWCA All-Academic team. Adam Halford was named to the first team with his 3.51 GPA, and Chris Hirschmann was named honorable mention with a 3.47 GPA. The All-Academic team is for seniors with at least a .500 varsity record and a 3.5 GPA for first team and 3.0 GPA for honorable mention.
In considering his college options, Hinton has remained open-minded to several schools that have interested him with football and wrestling opportunities. He has taken visits to and/or is interested in playing football at Tabor College or Baker University, and has received recruiting interest for wrestling from Central Missouri State University, as well as Columbia University in the Ivy League. He is interested in studying a medical, engineering or computer-related area.
Halford has received wrestling recruiting interest as well. He has received a scholarship offer from Northwestern College (Iowa), and has been contacted to walk-on by the University of Missouri coaching staff. He is also interested in the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is planning on studying religion. Hirschmann is planning on attending Kansas State University.