Bulldog wrestlers take third place
The Baldwin High School Bulldog wrestlers kicked off the season on Dec. 1 with the sixth annual Purple/White Classic, but an even bigger accomplishment was their showing at a tough dual competition Saturday.
Baldwin had its first real action at the Shawnee Mission East's East Kansas Duals on Saturday.
"It was a long day and we did our best," senior Andrea Brandenberger said. "A lot of younger guys stepped it up and it was a good day."
The Bulldogs placed third in a field of mostly Class 6A and 5A schools, with their only loss coming to champion Kansas City-Turner High School. It was Turner's closest match of the day.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how well we did," coach Kit Harris said. "I was unsure how we would do, but I was very impressed with our day. I think much of that could be we changed our training routine this year for the first meet."
At the Purple/White Classic, the honorary coaches included Baldwin High science teacher David Theis and district janitor Ed Lowther for the white team, and Baker University education department chair Peggy Harris and Baldwin High English student-teacher Matt Hallauer for the purple team. Harris is also the mother of Baldwin wrestling head coach Kit Harris and Purple/White Classic referee Jay Harris.
"We had a good crowd and the matches went well," said Kit Harris. "Our veterans wrestled well and our youngsters competed tough."
EAST KANSAS DUAL RESULTS: 103, Nick Rockhold 3-2; 112, Mark Jehle 3-2; 119, Kevin Callahan 5-0; 125, Michael Thurlow 1-4; 130, Matt James 4-1; 135, Sam Wilson 2-3; 140, Josh Kohn 5-0; 145, Andreas Brandenberger 3-2; 152, Gabe Mason 3-2; 160, Josiah Mason 4-1; 171, Nick Goldring 2-1/Chase Able 1-1; 189, Travis Barnes 2-3; 215, Brandon Cone 5-0; 275, Brandon Reid 1-3/Luke Halford 1-3.
PURPLE/WHITE CLASSIC RESULTS: 112 pounds, Mark Jehle def. Kirby Flory; 119, Kevin Callahan def. Michael Thurlow; 125, Matt James unchallenged; 130, Ryan Reeves def. Brian Harris; 135/140, Josh Kohn def. Sam Wilson; 145, Andreas Brandenberger def. Josh Wood; 152, Gabe Mason def. Chase Abel; 160/171, Josiah Mason def. Michael Barnes; 171, Nick Goldring def. Michael Kohn; 189, Travis Barnes def. Kirsten Shuck; 215, Brandon Cone def. Brandon Reed.