Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2007

Callahan remains undefeated

December 20, 2007

Five Baldwin High School wrestlers placed at the Harrisonville (Mo.) Christmas Tournament Friday and Saturday.

Junior Alan Callahan won the tournament, remaining undefeated this year. Four other Bulldogs placed in the top three at the meet, which included 17 teams.

"This was a tough meet; great competition for us," coach Kit Harris said. "I can definitely start to see signs of these things we have been working on. While we still have a ways to go, I see progress."

Callahan (112 pounds) improved to 17-0 for the season, going 7-0 at the tournament.

"It was really good, but it was a pretty tough tournament," Callahan said. "Everybody wrestled pretty well. It feels pretty good to be undefeated and now I just have to keep working hard."

Senior Gabe Mason placed second with a 6-1 record. Third-place wrestlers included sophomore Josh Hanson (125), junior Andy Thurlow (130) and senior Michael Barnes (215). All three wrestlers went 4-3 on the weekend. No team scores were kept at the tournament.

The tournament boosted some people up on the all-time career varsity wins' list. Senior Kevin Callahan moved up to second with 146 wins, just four behind leader Kyle Flory. A. Callahan also moved up on the list with 102 wins, passing coach Harris, who earned 100 wins.

"I'm pretty happy about moving up on the list," A. Callahan said. "It's pretty funny to pass Harris."

Mason with 91 wins and Nick Rockhold with 80 wins are also looking to make it on to the list with 10th place having 95 wins.

"My season started pretty strong," Rockhold said. "I hope I continue the success I had."

Harris is happy with his top wrestlers from the weekend.

"Alan is wrestling fantastic right now and Gabe had his best meet of the year, as he is getting back in the groove," Harris said.

The Kansas State High School Athletic Association Class 4A regional wrestling tournament pairings have been released. Baldwin will be competing in the Eudora regional against 14 other teams on Feb. 15-16. The top four finishers in each weight class will qualify for the 4A State Championship Tournament in Salina the following weekend.

Harris said his team is progressing well through the early part of the season, but still has areas to improve.

"As a team, we are definitely getting better on our feet, both offensively and defensively," Harris said. "We are getting turns on the top, but we must improve on bottom. We are not very good there right now. Actually, we are horrible there, but that is my fault. I have to fix that."

The Bulldogs will have time to work as their next tournament is Jan. 5 at Rossville.

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