Changes in line up hurt BHS wrestlers
A tough tournament proved to be a challenge for the Baldwin High School wrestling team.
Placing 11th out of 16 teams that competed in the Raytown Christmas Invitational, Baldwin was able to place seven wrestlers in the top eight.
Carthage, Mo., placed first with 376.5 points while Baldwin finished with 215.5 points.
"We were affected by several starters out with sickness and injury, but we competed very well in a big tournament," coach Kit Harris said. "We wrestled hard and we got out of the tournament exactly what we wanted, a lot of important lessons."
Freshman Josh Hanson said the team competed hard but didn't finish too well.
"We did our best, but we didn't end up that good," freshman Josh Hanson said.
The highest Bulldog placers were third-place finishers junior Kevin Callahan (130 pounds) and Hanson (103). Sophomore Alan Callahan (112) placed fifth in his weight class.
Senior Brandon Reed (215) placed sixth, while junior Nick Rockhold (119) and sophomore Colin Busby (145) each finished seventh in the tournament.
"We fought hard, but we didn't kick butt. Not this weekend," senior Kaleb Horne said.
Others who competed on the varsity squad at Raytown South were sophomore Andy Thurlow, senior Ryan Reeves, senior Matt LaBuda, junior Alex Coffey, senior Kirsten Shuck and senior Michael Kohn.
"Everyone had a lot of great moments and everyone also had at least one bad moment to learn from," Harris said.
K. Callahan passed Harris on the Baldwin High School's all-time career wins list. Callahan also moved ahead of 1992 state runner-up Davey Kurtz on the list, and is now in fifth place with 105 wins. Callahan is now only one win behind 2006 graduate and state placer Josiah Mason's 106 wins.
After the holiday break, the BHS varsity wrestlers will compete in the Rossville Invitational. The Baldwin wrestling team has not attended this tournament since 2002. It will begin Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m.
"We need to keep healthy and keep from getting injuries," Rockhold said. "We need to get our lineup back."