BHS wrestling team takes second at Washburn duals
The Baldwin High School wrestling team found itself in the finals of the Washburn Rural Championship Duals Saturday, after placing third the past three years. The Bulldogs were the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
The Bulldogs started off their day in round one against Leavenworth, a Class 6A school. The Bulldogs defeated Leavenworth easily with a score of 58-21.
Next up for the Bulldogs in round two was the junior varsity squad from Oak Park (Mo.). Oak Park's varsity team is currently ranked fourth in the nation, but their back-ups were no easy match for the Bulldogs. After many hard fought matches, BHS was victorious over Oak Park, 44-21.
In round three, the Bulldogs were matched up with the No. 2 seed, Kapaun Mt. Carmel. With three weight classes remaining, the Bulldogs fell behind 31-24. Luckily, the Bulldogs pulled out three straight wins to defeat Kapaun 42-31, including big wins from juniors Josh Wood and Brandon Reed.
"There was good and bad, but there was definitely much more positives then negatives," coach Kit Harris said. "Our dual win over Kapaun was huge. Josh and Brandon both had huge pins."
The Bulldogs found themselves in the finals after defeating Wamego in the fourth round, 60-22.
Once in the finals, Baldwin found itself with their first dual loss of the season, against two-time defending champion Valley Center, 45-25.
Senior Josiah Mason led Baldwin for the day going 5-0 in his matches.
"All together we had a pretty good day, and I placed the highest I have ever placed at that tournament in my four years of high school wrestling," Mason said. "Coach Harris got his 100th dual win, so we are all proud to be a part of that."
Next up for the Bulldogs is their senior night duals against Anderson County and Spring Hill. It will be the final home dual for fourt BHS seniors. The action begins at 5 p.m.
Then on Saturday, Baldwin hosts its annual tournament in the Baldwin Junior High School gym. The wrestling starts at 9 a.m.
"We are really excited about the BIT," Harris said. "It will be really challenging and a lot of fun wrestling."