Flory sets new BHS win mark
History was made for one Bulldog wrestler Saturday.
Senior Kyle Flory went 4-1 at the East Kansas Duals, hosted by Shawnee Mission East High School, and moved into first place on the Baldwin High School all-time wins list.
Wrestling at 171 pounds, Flory was last year's Class 4A state champion with a record of 40-6. As a sophomore he recorded a 42-5 mark that helped him to a runner-up finish at state. He was also a state qualifier as a freshman.
Flory's record of 112-29 tops Jay Harris's record of 111-12-1 by one win. Harris was an undefeated state champion his senior year at the 132-pound weight class in 1987. He is the older brother of Kit Harris, the current Bulldog coach.
"There is no one more deserving than Kyle Flory to be on top of the all-time most wins list for Baldwin Bulldog wrestling," said Jay Harris. "Kyle has put in a tremendous amount of hard work and determination into a sport that demands so much of an athlete both physically and psychologically. His achievements in the sport of wrestling are certainly worthy of many honors."
According to Harris, Flory's success can have a big impact for years to come even after his graduation.
"This honor is one of those, but it pales in comparison to what Kyle has meant to his team," Jay Harris said. "His commitment to being the best he can be has provided much inspiration for his teammates and future Bulldog wrestlers. His impact on the Bulldog wrestling program will be felt for many years."
Flory opened his historic day with a loss to Shawnee Heights junior Blake Malloy, who is ranked fourth in Class 5A. He then rolled up four consecutive wins including, a 5-2 victory over Mike Steinmetz, of Kansas City-Turner who is ranked number one in 5A.
"It's a great honor," said Flory of his record. "It's great. I've strived to improve every year and I think this is a nice payoff."
Of course, Flory wasn't the only one wrestling for the Bulldogs on Saturday. BHS also had success with many other wrestlers, most notably senior Derek Lang. Lang, competing in the 160-pound weight class, went 5-0 at the difficult tournament, which consists of all 5A and 6A schools. He beat fourth ranked 5A wrestler Shane Reedy of Shawnee Heights, then shut out number one ranked 5A opponent Nick Figge of Kansas City-Turner by a count of 2-0. He concluded the day by winning a 6-1 decision over 6A's fifth ranked Richie Rios of Wichita Heights.
"Derek had an outstanding day," Harris said. "He wrestled solid all around. And he had some real tough competition."
Lang had the best record on the day, while four other wrestlers, including Flory, went 4-1. The others were juniors Joe Bonner, who wrestled at 119 pounds, Luke Halford at the 189-pound weight class, and sophomore Matt James, who competed at 125 pounds.
Finishing 3-2 on the day were senior Adam Canterbury, competing at 275 pounds, juniors Andreas Brandenberger at 140 pounds and Steve Hamilton at 135 pounds, and sophomore Mark Jehle, who wrestled in the 103-pound weight class.
"We did very well in the tournament," said James. "But we could have done better with our performance. You could tell it was our first meet.
For the tournament, the Bulldogs finished fourth behind state ranked teams Kansas City-Turner (first in 5A), Wichita Heights (seventh in 6A) and Emporia (eighth in 6A). They finished ahead of Shawnee Heights, Lawrence, Shawnee Mission East and Highland Park.
The Bulldogs will next take to the mats in the 24-team Cardinal Classic at Eudora High School Friday and Saturday.