Bulldog wrestlers victorious
The Baldwin High School varsity wrestling team was busy last week winning the Randy Starcher Memorial Invitational at Tonganoxie and the Burlington dual.
The Baldwin High School varsity wrestling team headed to Burlington on Jan. 13. The Bulldogs won easily by scoring 63 points to Burlington's 11. Eight of the 14 wrestlers won by fall and led the varsity wrestling record to 5-1.
"I think the team performed really well," senior Brandon Cone said. "It was really cool how eight of the 14 wrestlers there for Baldwin won by falls."
This was the fourth year-in-a-row Baldwin has won the dual, that dates back to 1994. Baldwin now leads the series 6-5.
The Bulldogs then headed up to Tonganoxie for the Ross Starcher Memorial Invitational. Baldwin placed 11 of its 13 wrestlers in the top four, six of which made finals.
"We competed really well," junior Matt James said. "The team as a whole finished really high."
Freshman Kevin Callahan (119 pounds) and senior Andreas Brandenberger (140) won individual titles. Brandenberger pinned his way through his bracket and ended the day as the runner-up in the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler award.
"We had six people in the final round," freshman Gabe Mason said. "Eleven out of 13 people placed. That was really exciting."
The three other freshmen who made the finals were Nick Rockhold (103), Gabe Mason (160) and Chase Abel (171). Also making the finals was junior Mark Jehle (112).
Baldwin won by scoring 190.5 points, 66 points higher than second-place Blue Valley West with 124.5.
Next the team faces tough competition with many teams at Saturday's tournament at Washburn Rural High School. The tournament is at 9 a.m. in Topeka, and Washburn Rural is the school that coach Kit Harris taught at before coming to Baldwin in 1999.