Wrestlers shine at Eudora tournament
EUDORA -- Once again another two lightweights led the Baldwin High School wrestling team to another third-place finish here over the weekend.
For the second straight tournament, the Bulldogs placed third as a team and brought home two individual winners.
Baldwin finished third out of 24 teams with 209 points at the Eudora Tournament of Champions. The winning team was St. Thomas Aquinas, 235 points, while second place went to Prairie View, 211.
"We lost second to Prairie View by two points and I can think of a number of ways we could have made up that margin and most were my fault," coach Kit Harris said. "We will just have to keep working and improving. We have plenty to do."
Senior Nick Rockhold also said the Bulldogs could have scored a few more points to beat Prairie View.
"It was close, but there were a few mistakes we made that could have moved us up to second place," Rockhold said. "I could have gotten us a major decision in my final match. We could have placed second really easily."
Rockhold was one of the two winners for the Bulldogs. He won his 119-pound weight class by going 6-0 during the two-day tournament.
"I think I did excellent," Rockhold said. "I pinned everybody up to the final match. I dominated the entire finals match, too."
Rockhold was happy to bounce back from the first tournament, where he placed second. He said he wrestled much better at Eudora than he did at Gardner-Edgerton.
"I got second there and I lost pretty badly to a kid I will see at regionals," Rockhold said. "I was just out of it that match, but I got my head screwed on straight. I came back this week and did what needed to be done."
The other BHS wrestler winning his weight class was junior Alan Callahan (112). Callahan went 7-0 during the tournament to capture his second championship of the season.
"It feels really good to win my second tournament this year," Callahan said. "It was a lot of fun."
Two BHS seniors placed third at the tournament. They were Kevin Callahan (130) and Gabe Mason (171). Each went 7-1 during two days.
Four other Bulldogs placed at the meet. Seniors Michael Barnes (215) and Jacob Enick (285) both finished sixth. Freshmen Colby Soden (103) and Will Von Bargen (135) each placed eighth in their weight classes.
"I knew our lightweights would be strong," Harris said. "I've also been very pleased with Michael Barnes and Jake Enick, who have both placed in every tournament so far. They have gotten some big wins. Gabe is getting back into the flow of things. We have been pretty well balanced."
Also winning matches for BHS were sophomore Josh Hanson (125), junior Travis Huffman (140), junior Brad Canterbury (145), senior Alex Coffey (152), and junior Colin Busby (160). Freshman Adam Christian filled in at 189 pounds for injured junior Nick Barkley.
Harris said he has been happy with his team's performances during the first two tournaments, despite several questions leading up to the season.
"You always have question marks when a kid first steps into varsity, because you don't know how they are going to do," Harris said. "I kind of try to withhold expectations. It's been a pleasant surprise."
Baldwin will be competing in the two-day Harrisonville Christmas Tournament in Harrisonville, Mo., Friday and Saturday.
"Harrisonville is a big tournament," Harris said. "We are wrestling 17 Missouri teams. A lot of them are ranked in Class 1 or Class 2, so they are schools of our size. The kids will get eight matches, which is the important thing. It will be some good wrestling."
Eudora Tournament of Champions
1. St. Thomas Aquinas - 235
2. Prairie View - 211
3. Baldwin - 209
4. Lansing - 196.5
5. Chanute - 193
6. Mill Valley - 170.5
7. Spring Hill - 169.5
8. Tonganoxie - 168
9. Perry-Lecompton - 142
10. Rossville - 141.5
11. Eudora - 123.5
12. Paola - 110
13. KC Sumner - 108.5
14. Holton - 101.5
15. Louisburg - 93.5
16. Washburn Rural - 86.5
17. Free State - 80
18. El Dorado - 71
19. Blue Valley - 69.5
20. Fort Scott - 62
21. Wellsville - 59
22. Lawrence - 54
23. Hiawatha - 51.5
24. ACCHS-Effingham - 49.5
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