BHS wrestlers win ‘Pack the House’ duals
The Baldwin High School wrestling team faced tough opponents at its annual "Pack the House" senior night duals on Thursday.
Coming to town were the 11-3 Louisburg Wildcats and the undefeated 7-0 Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers.
The Bulldogs prevailed in both duals, improving to 13-2. The second dual was the thriller, with BHS holding on for a 34-33 win over Gardner-Edgerton, with the heroic fight of sophomore Brandon Reed. Reed lost by decision to a strong opponent, but he saved enough points for the BHS win.
The first dual of the night was Baldwin against Louisburg. The Bulldogs pulled out a big win with a score of 57-18.
"The 'team' mentality can be powerful...team magic I call it," said head wrestling coach Kit Harris. "I am so proud of our team for that reason. It makes it real fun."
"I didn't wrestle as well as I would have liked," said senior Josh Kohn. "But as a team we did great. I am really proud of Brandon Reed, he is my hero."
Seniors were also recognized that night. The seniors were manager Sarah Barkley, manager Lindsey Hitchcock , Travis Barnes, Andreas Brandenberger, Brandon Cone, Luke Halford and Josh Kohn.
"We all wrestled really hard," said junior Matt James. "We had big heart and that's what won the dual."
The winning points came from senior Brandon Cone (215 pounds), who recorded a first period fall to put the Bulldogs ahead for good.
The team next won eight matches with two falls, while Baldwin won six matches but recorded five falls. Because of Baldwin having three more falls than the Trailblazers, the Bulldogs ended their winning streak, putting Gardner-Edgerton now 8-1.
"What an exciting win," said Harris. "They won more matches, but we didn't give up the falls, which basically comes down to heart and determination."
The Bulldogs are optimistic about the next matches at Paola today, and the Frontier League Tournament on Saturday at Louisburg.
"I think we have a good chance of doing well as long as everyone has a good day and wrestles smart," Brandenberger said.
Kohn said the team is excited for the end of year, but they know they have to wrestle well to advance.
"It's the end of the year and everybody's pumped. Now we have to use that energy and wrestle smart with it," Kohn said.