Bulldogs win dual, take tourney title again
In their annual 'Pack the House' dual on Thursday, the Baldwin High School varsity wrestling team came off winter break with a victory over the Burlington wildcats.
The Bulldogs won nine of 14 total bouts, six of which were by fall, and won with a final score of 47-30.
Coach Kit Harris was pleased with the performance of his team coming off of the break.
"It was rough coming back from a month out of competition, but I am proud of the kids." Harris said. "We learned a lot of valuable lessons that we can work on. It was good to get a win.""
Junior Michael Thurlow won his match against Burlington's Ethan Jones in the 119-pound weight class.
"I won with luck on my side. The guy had me in a headlock, but I rolled out of it," Thurlow said.
Other bulldog winners were freshman Alan Callahan (103 lbs.), freshman Andy Thurlow (112 lbs.), sophomore Kevin Callahan (125 lbs.), senior Matt James (130 lbs.), freshman Colin Busby (145 lbs.), senior Josiah Mason (152 lbs.), sophomore Gabe Mason (160 lbs.) and junior Brandon Reed (275 lbs.).
The Bulldogs had more tough competition on Saturday at the Randy Starcher Memorial Invitational in Tonganoxie. The Bulldogs won the tournament for the second consecutive year, outscoring Blue Valley West who came in second by 68 points.
Eleven out of 14 BHS wrestlers placed at the meet, including five champions, three runner-ups, one third place and two fourth-place finishers.
Champion wrestlers from BHS were senior Mark Jehle (112), Michael Thurlow (119), Kevin Callahan (125), Gabe Mason (160), and Alan Callahan (103).
Thurlow and Jehle received their first-ever varsity gold medals and Kevin Callahan was voted most outstanding wrestler by the coaches.
James, Busby and Josiah Mason all placed second at the meet. Junior Paul Halford (215 lbs.) finished third, while Reed (275 lbs.) and junior Sam Wilson (145 lbs.) both placed fourth.
After this week of competition, Josiah Mason and Jehle are only one win away from the BHS all-time wins list. Both wrestlers have 82 wins, right behind recent graduates Luke Lang and Josh Kohn each with 83.
The next competition for the Bulldogs is a dual at Washburn Rural on Saturday. On Jan. 26, the Bulldogs host a four-team meet with Anderson County, Spring Hill and Gardner, but will not wrestle Garnder. The action begins at 5 p.m.