BHS wrestlers finish well
By Jimmy Gillispie
Signal Staff Writer
The Baldwin High School wrestling team placed 16th out of 18 teams and had four wrestlers place at the Raytown South Christmas Invitational, despite having three starters out of the meet.
"I was real happy with how well we competed at Ray South," coach Kit Harris said. "It is a very tough tournament, and we sometimes take some lumps, but always leave there a tougher team. It is good for us. The experience is great for us."
Out of action for the tournament were seniors Luke Halford and Andreas Brandenberger, and freshman Chase Abel.
"We did pretty good considering how many we had there, with our injuries we have right now," freshman Gabe Mason said.
Leading the way for Baldwin was junior Mark Jehle, who placed fourth with a 4-2 record in the 112-pound weight class.
Junior Josiah Mason placed fifth in the 152-pound class with a 5-3 record. Senior Brandon Cone (215) and freshman Kevin Callahan (119) both placed seventh in the weight class.
Three other Bulldogs were one match away from placing. Those were junior Matt James (125), senior Josh Kohn (135) and G. Mason (160).
Harris said the freshman have really stepped up and helped fill gaps left by seniors last year.
"Two freshmen in particular, Kevin Callahan and Gabe Mason, have had a lot of varsity success so far," Harris said. "And we have a few more freshmen who are very talented as well. The freshmen class has been a great addition to our room, especially after losing some great seniors last year."
G. Mason said the competition at the tournament was tough, but the rules were slightly different, also.
"It was tougher than our last tournament at Eudora," Mason said. "Also, Missouri rules are a little different, like on stalling. The opponents (at Ray South) are quicker and have better technique. But it makes better."
Harris said the season many of the wrestlers have similar records.
"Our best records belong to Brandon Cone and Kevin Callahan," Harris said. "And several others are right there with them: Josiah Mason, Mark Jehle, Gabe Mason, Matt James and Josh Kohn. And we have a couple more tough wrestlers that will join our lineup after Christmas, hopefully after their injuries heal up. So I think we are shaping up nicely."
James said the break will be nice for the team, because they will need the rest in the coming months.
"The break will give us time to rest and let our bodies heal up before our tough competitions in January and February," James said.
The next tournament for the Bulldogs will be the second annual Baldwin JV Tournament on Jan. 8 in the Baldwin Junior High School gym.
The varsity will compete next in a dual in Burlington on Jan. 13. Then it will take part in the 12-team Tonganoxie Invitational on Jan. 15.
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