Archive for Wednesday, January 8, 2003

BHS wrestlers to face off with Eagles

January 8, 2003

The wrestling season for Baldwin High School resumes at 5 p.m. Thursday in the BHS gym and it will match two state-ranked teams when arch-rival Wellsville comes to town.

Wellsville is ranked No. 3 in Class 3-1A and BHS is No. 9 in the Class 4A poll. There will also be a number of state-ranked individuals, including Wellsville's Kyle Patton, the No. 3-ranked 112-pounder who is also a two-time state champion. BHS's top-ranked wrestler is another Kyle, 171-pounder Kyle Flory who is ranked No. 1 and was a state runner-up last year.

"It should be some exciting wrestling," said coach Kit Harris. "Wellsville doesn't have a lot of wrestlers, but the ones they do have are very talented, some of the best in the state. The Patton kid has a chance this year to become a three-time state champion. That isn't done very often.

"They have several kids capable of scoring a lot of points in the state tournament, which explains their high state ranking," Harris said. "They are very good. But we have some hard-nosed wrestlers ourselves, which should make for some exciting competition."

As usual, Wellsville won't have a full squad, so Thursday's match will be a quick one.

"We would like to have a lot of fans take advantage of the chance to come watch us. We only have a few home meets each year," he said. "Being a single dual, it will likely only last about an hour, so they need to get there early."

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