BHS wrestlers place six at Raytown meet
The Baldwin High School wrestling team traveled to Raytown, Mo., Saturday to compete in the annual Raytown Christmas Tournament.
This tournament has always been a tough one for BHS because it features 20 big-class schools, numerous state placers, national champions and all-americans. Baldwin placed 14th as a team.
The Bulldogs placed a first-ever six placers at Raytown, but unfortunately were unable to get a wrestler in the finals. Freshmen Alan Callahan and sophomores Kevin Callahan and Gabe Mason all placed third in their weight classes. Alan Callahan went 6-2 at 103 pounds, Kevin Callahan went 7-1 at 125 lbs. and Mason went 8-1 at 160 lbs.
"It was a tough tournament and we could see what our strong and weak points were," junior Brandon Reed said. "I'm looking forward to our next tournament."
Senior Matt James and and Michael Thurlow both placed fifth. James went 6-2 at 130 lbs. and Thurlow went 6-2 at 119 lbs., despite not being seeded.
"I am very, very proud of the team, every single one of them," head coach Kit Harris said. "We faced a lot of adversity, a lot of physical and mental challenges. But everyone showed valor and we certainly left that tournament a better team then when we entered it."
Rounding out the placers, was senior Josiah Mason placing eighth at 152 lbs. and went 3-4. Josiah Mason had a tough first day losing two matches in the final seconds and his third being pinned after building a strong lead. Junior Sam Wilson finished one round away from placing at 145 lbs, going 3-4.
"The first day of wrestling, for me, was difficult because I wasn't mentally into it," Josiah Mason said. "The second day was much better. The team as a whole was definitely learned some tough, but necessary lessons in order to obtain the success that we are striving for."
Next up for the Bulldog wrestlers will be host to Burlington at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at BHS.