BHS wrestlers blaze opponents at GEHS
Saturday brought much excitement to the Baldwin High School wrestling team, whether it was the varsity or junior varsity team.
The varsity Bulldogs began the season with a thrilling team victory at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational. Meanwhile, the JV Bulldogs brought home five gold medals from Emporia.
"It was a great start to the season," coach Kit Harris said. "Our conditioning was phenomenal for the first meet. I was very excited about that. Technique and positioning will come as the season progresses. I just am asking the kids to compete fair, hard and to be very tough."
The varsity team won the tournament with 206.5 team points, beating the other 14 teams that were participating. Baldwin beat the second-place competitor Gardner-Edgerton by 14 points.
BHS entered 14 wrestlers in the tournament in Gardner-Edgerton. Out of the 14 wrestlers, 11 Bulldogs left with the satisfaction of being a top six placer.
The Callahan brothers, sophomore Alan and junior Kevin, both left the tournament Saturday with gold medals. Alan wrestled in the 112-pound weight class and Kevin was in the 130-lb. class.
Second place participants were seniors Michael Thurlow (125), Kaleb Horne (145), Michael Kohn (189), Brandon Reed (215) and junior Gabe Mason (171).
Closely following them were freshman Josh Hanson (103), junior Nick Rockhold (119), and senior Sam Wilson (160), finishing with third place medals.
"We had an awesome team victory," senior Kaleb Horne said. "We also had many individuals do very well."
The junior varsity wrestling team also performed to perfection, bringing home five gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze.
Bringing home gold were sophomore Andy Thurlow, sophomore Travis Huffman, sophomore David Cook, junior Michael Barnes and junior Jacob Enick. Silver medals were earned by senior Kirsten Shuck and freshman Aaron Elliott.
Senior Matt LaBuda, sophomore Nick Barkley and sophomore Cody Wiederholt all brought home bronze medals.
"We had 10 wrestlers medal," JV coach Brock Hartshorn said. "I felt that the kids have responded to their coaching and wrestled very well. This was a tough JV tournament and to get 10 medals is a great achievement for young wrestlers."
The Bulldogs will be competing again this week. The varsity team will be competing in the Eudora Invitational Friday and Saturday, while the JV travels to Topeka for the Shawnee Heights tournament.
"Eudora is a great tournament," Harris said. "It is close, so I hope to see a lot of the 'purple pack' in the stands."