Bulldog wrestlers bring home fourth place
By Jeff Myrick
Baldwin City Signal Editor
A fourth-place finish with 12 of 14 wrestlers placing in the top eight of the 21-team field Friday and Saturday has Baldwin High School wrestling coach Kit Harris excited about the season.
"I have been real impressed with this year's team," said Harris. "I had some uncertainties about the season, but our youngsters have stepped up and have been very competitive."
St. Thomas Aquinas, a 10th-ranked Class 6A team, won the tournament with 325 points. Spring Hill was second with 280, Blue Valley (ranked fifth in Class 5A) was third with 273 and BHS was fourth at 265.5.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs were second-place finishes by Kyle Flory at 171 pounds and Luke Halford at 189. Finishing third were Derek Lang at 160, Adam Canterbury at 275 and Joe Bonner at 119.
In fourth place were Mark Jehle at 103, Steve Hamilton at 140 and Brandon Cone at 215. Matt James was sixth at 125. Rounding out the top eight finishers were Sam Wilson at 130, Josh Kohn at 135 and Josh Wood at 145. Josiah Mason went 3-2 and was bumped out of the placing round on criteria. Freshman Michael Thurlow won his first-ever varsity match at 112.
"Our early season competitions have shown us plenty of positives and also a lot of flaws we need to correct," said Harris. "All three freshmen on varsity had at least one win and that was fun. And Michael Thurlow scored a five-point move in the last 10 seconds to win 11-10 for his first varsity win."
Next up for the Bulldogs is the always-tough Raytown (Mo.) South Tournament Friday and Saturday.
"Raytown South will be a good learning experience for us all," said Halford. "It will probably be a shock to some of the new kids."
That closes out the 2003 portion of the schedule for the Bulldogs. They'll resume Jan. 8, 2004, at Wellsville.