Baldwin wins wrestling camp team title
The nationally known Shawn Charles Championship Wrestling Camp returned to Baldwin City last week for the second year in a row, featuring two-time Olympic medal-winner Kenny Monday as one of the many camp clinicians. The popularity of the camp has grown, with this year's camp attracting 115 youth to high school wrestlers, up from 75 last year.
The camp consisted of technique and competition sessions, all held on the campus of Baker University. In the team duals, Baldwin defended its title and won the Charles Cup in the high school division, defeating North Bend Central (Nebraska) in the finals and finishing with a 6-1 overall dual record. The third place team was Team Tigers from Nebraska, a Wild Card team in fourth, Shawnee Mission finishing fifth, Kansas City-Turner in sixth, and Lyons finished seventh.
In the youth division, Baldwin once again finished as the runner-up for the second year in a row. Paola won the title, followed by Lyons, Wild Card, and Kansas City-Turner.
Wednesday night's "All-Star" dual had four Baldwin representatives. In the high school division, Baldwin all-stars were Luke Halford and Kevin Callahan, and in the youth division, Josh Hansen and Bryce Shoemaker were selected. All four won their All-Star match, with Shoemaker winning an exciting overtime match.
In the individual awards, Josh Hanson was a finalist for the Most Outstanding Camper in the youth division, and was awarded a "Champion Award."
The list of featured clinicians at the camp was impressive. The three featured clinicians were Kenny Monday, an Olympic gold and silver medallist in freestyle wrestling and an NCAA champion at Oklahoma State; Jason Kelber, a three-time All-American at the University of Nebraska and a three-time high school state champion in Iowa; and Derek Mountsier, a two-time All-American for Iowa State and a University Nationals champion in Greco-roman, he currently serves as assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa.
The other camp clinicians were Kevin Lake, assistant coach at Princeton; Dusty Spaulding, a current Nebraska wrestler who was a four-time Kansas state champion at Emporia High School and Greco-roman national champion; Doug Hoover, a four-time state champion for Wichita-Kapaun Mt. Carmel, three time All-American, and current Nebraska wrestler; Jacob Klein, a three-time state champion for Wichita-Kapaun Mt. Carmel, university national champion in freestyle, and current Nebraska wrestler; and Mark Harwood, a Minnesota high school state placer and all-american and current Nebraska wrestler.
Charles was a two-time NCAA runner-up, and the first four-time All-American in Arizona State history, as well as winning three gold medals in the Goodwill Games and Olympic Festival. He was a 1996 Olympic alternate and also an Olympic freestyle team assistant coach. He was a three-time Arizona state champion, and currently has again been selected as an assistant coach for the United States world team.
Baldwin wrestlers attending the camp were Colin Busby, Callahan, Halford, Hanson, Mark Jehle, Justin Jones, Gabe Mason, Josiah Mason, Jack Mitchell, and Shoemaker, as well as BHS coaches Kit Harris and Bobby Bovaird.