BHS wrestles well at home JV meet
The Baldwin High School junior varsity wrestling team pinned a big victory Saturday at the Baldwin JV Tournament.
The event was held at the Baldwin Junior High School gymnasium. Out of the 17 teams that competed, 11 of the Bulldog wrestlers walked away with a first, second or third place.
"The tournament ran very well," coach Kit Harris said. "It was a success and we owe that to all of the help we had from parents and others."
Junior Josh Wood competed at 189 pounds in the 'A' pool and won the championship by defeating teammate Michael Kohn, who won the silver medal.
"Overall the success of the team was outstanding," Wood said. "Everyone is improving a ton. I noticed several first-year wrestlers that did very well. Going 4-0 always feels good. It just stinks that I had to wrestle a teammate in the finals. I still have a lot to work on to be this successful in a varsity meet."
Second place finishers included freshman Andy Thurlow (112 lbs.) who went 3-1 and senior Keith Cowart (125 lbs.) who went 2-1. Other BHS wrestlers who placed second were junior Kirsten Shuck (189 lbs.), sophomore Michael Barnes (215 lbs.) and junior Paul Halford (275 lbs.).
Third place finishers included junior Kaleb Horne (130 lbs.) who went 2-2, freshman Colin Busby (145 lbs.) who went 3-1, sophomore Alex Coffey (152 lbs.) who went 3-2 and freshman Nick Barkley (189 lbs.) who went 3-2.
Junior Varsity coach Jeff Garrett was very pleased with the results.
"Overall we did really well, and we had a lot of wrestlers place in the top three," Garrett said. "Several guys wrestled really hard, but their records didn't show it."
Harris is impressed at how the JV wrestlers have improved throughout the season.
"I think our JV wrestlers are coming along quite well," Harris said. "They are getting better and better, they have been working hard and most of them have never wrestled before."
The junior varsity has a full schedule coming up with a dual tonight at 5 p.m. at home versus Burlington. On Saturday, the Bulldogs travel to Shawnee Mission Northwest for a tournament starting at 9:00 a.m.