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BHS’s Flory, Lang wrestle in classic KC tourney

March 18, 2004

The 12th annual Kansas vs. Missouri "Metro Classic" senior all-star wrestling dual took place March 9 at Kansas City Kansas Community College. This Battle at the Border featured the top wrestlers from the Kansas City metro area. Only the top seniors within 60 miles of the metro area were selected.

The Missouri all-stars defeated the Kansas team by a score of 50-7. Only two Kansas wrestlers, 135-pounder Matt Middleton of Bonner Springs and 171-pounder Nathan Payne of Paola, defeated their Missouri opponents. Baldwin High School seniors Kyle Flory and Derek Lang were selected to compete in the dual by a committee of former wrestling coaches in Kansas City.

Lang was defeated by Blake Peterson of St. Joseph Central, 14-2.

"I thought that I wrestled him tough, but he was really good," Lang said.

Peterson was the 160-pound state champion. Peterson also won state in the 152-pound division in 2003, placed third in the 152-pound division his sophomore year, and was a state qualifier his freshman year. He is headed to wrestle at NCAA Division I Northern Iowa next year.

Flory wrestled Kearney's Robert Shadrach and lost 9-3. Shadrach was a four-time state placer and was the champion of the 171-pound division in 2003.

"It was a great honor to be selected and wrestle, even though we got beat pretty bad," said Flory.

BHS wrestling coach Kit Harris also took in the action at the dual.

"Derek and Kyle both had really tough matches," Harris said. "But they wrestled well and it is a huge honor to be selected for that kind of event."

Flory and Lang are only the second and third BHS wrestlers ever to be selected for this event. Luke Lang was the first in 2000.

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