Eight youth wrestlers qualify for state
A near-record eight Baldwin youth wrestlers qualified for next weekend's Kids State Wrestling Championships to be held in the Topeka Expocentre on Friday and Saturday. Three wrestlers won gold medals, as Baldwin nearly tied the club record of nine state qualifiers. The top four placers in the district competition will advance to state.
"Everyone performed very well, they all wrestled tough, we were real happy with their efforts, everyone gave 100 percent," said coach Brian Mason.
"These kids did good," said coach Tracy Potter. "This is a tough weekend of wrestling. This is a very tough competition, but they all wrestled hard."
Baldwin had two champions in Kevin Callahan (12/under, 110 pounds) and Ethan Hebenstriet (10/under, 150). The other champion was Jakob Nott in the 6/under division. The 6/under wrestlers compete for district placings but do not compete in the state competition.
Two Baldwin wrestlers qualified for state in the 10/under age division with Hebenstriet winning the gold and first-year wrestler Carson Wood (130) winning third place. Also placing but not qualifying for state was Alan Callahan (85) who finished in sixth place.
In the 12-under division, Baldwin had placers in Kevin Callahan, Chase Abel (runner-up at 150), and Paul Halford (fourth place at 165). Also placing but missing out on state qualification were Josh Wood (fifth place at 150) and Michael Kohn (sixth place at 140).
In the 14-under age group, Baldwin had two state qualifiers in Joe Bonner (fourth place at 105), and Luke Halford (third place at 155). Also placing was Josh Kohn (sixth place at 120).
At 16-under, Wayne Sage was the runner-up at 120. Also placing was Charles Barnes, who placed sixth at 215.
It will be the first trip to Kids State for Carson Wood, Paul Halford, Luke Halford and Sage.
Last year, Baldwin had three grapplers place at state: Kevin Callahan was fifth, Gabe Mason was third and Kyle Flory was second. Two others were one match from placing: Nathan Deel and Adam Halford.