BHS wrestlers take third of 25 teams
After many sweaty practices and careful weight watching the Baldwin High School varsity wrestling team's hard work paid off last weekend as they earned their highest finish ever in the Tournament of Champions.
Competing in their second tournament of the season, the Bulldogs traveled to Eudora on Saturday where they competed against 24 other teams. The team received a third-place plaque, losing only to Lansing and Blue Valley.
"It was a great tournament in many ways," coach Kit Harris said. "It showed us that we can have success, but at the same time everyone had some real ugly moments which exposed a lot of our flaws."
Leading the Bulldogs and winning champions of their weight class were freshman Alan Callahan (103 pounds), sophomore Kevin Callahan (125) and senior Josiah Mason (152).
"I did pretty well, but there are still a lot of things to improve though," Mason said. "The team as a whole did very well."
Taking fifth place in the tournament were senior Mark Jehle (112), junior Michael Thurlow (119) and sophomore Gabe Mason (160). Placing sixth and eighth respectively were senior Matthew James (130) and junior Sam Wilson (145).
"I think we did OK, but I believe we could have done better," Kevin Callahan said. "Overall, we performed pretty well."
The varsity team will resume action at the Raytown Christmas Invitational Friday and Saturday.
"We may have shining records now, but we're going to Raytown this weekend and that tournament may give us a good dose of humbling," Harris said.
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