Archive for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Three wrestlers win gold at state tournament

June 9, 2005

Five Baldwin City wrestlers competed in the Kansas State Freestyle/Greco-Roman Championships in Junction City Saturday with three of them taking home gold.

Two grapplers, Gabe Mason and Alan Callahan, came away as "double champions" as they won gold in both styles in their weight categories. Mason went 6-0 on the day, while Alan Callahan was 2-0.

Mason twice defeated Shawnee Mission North's Artie Squire, who was a national folkstyle runner-up this past season and a Class 6A state qualifier. Mason was a Kids State runner-up this past year, while Alan Callahan has placed third two consecutive years at Kids State.

Baldwin also won another gold as Kevin Callahan won first in greco-roman, winning all his matches by technical fall. Callahan placed third in freestyle. He went 7-1 overall for the day.

Callahan was a fourth-place finisher in the high school state tournament this past year, going 42-6. He is the first freshman to place at state in BHS history.

The two other Baldwin competitors also placed, as Brandon Reed won silver in greco-roman, and Josh Hanson finished in fourth place in a very tough bracket in freestyle. Hanson was a fourth-place finisher at Kids State this past season, and Reed was a starting for the BHS varsity team at the 275 lb. weight class.

Overall, "Team Baldwin" went 17-8 in all matches wrestled.

By placing in the cadet division, Mason and Kevin Callahan both earned a spot on Team Kansas for the Cadet National Duals, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., from June 23 - 27. Last year, 36 states entered teams, and Kansas has finished in the top eight for six straight in greco-roman.

By placing second in his bracket, Reed earned a spot on Team Kansas for the Cadet National Tournament to be held in Fargo, North Dakota, in July.

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