Wrestlers place seventh at Eudora
In the 24-team Eudora Tournament of Champions, the Baldwin High School wrestling team held its own by finishing in seventh place.
BHS placed seventh with 175.5 points, only 2.5 points away from sixth-place St. Thomas Aquinas, which was the 2007 Class 5A State Champions.
“This was another great outing for us. This is a tough tournament,” coach Kit Harris said. “Placing here is a great achievement.”
At the end of pool competition, Baldwin had nine of its 14 wrestlers make their way into the final eight placing bracket. In the bracket, Baldwin had one champion, one runner-up, one third-place, one sixth-place, three seventh-place and two eighth-place finishers.
Senior Alan Callahan received another first-place medal Saturday in the 112-pound weight class. He improved his record to 12-0 for the year.
Individually the Bulldogs thought they did pretty well.
“I think I made some improvements,” said senior Andy Thurlow, who finished third at 135 lbs. “6-1 is a pretty good day.”
Some were more shocked than others.
“I thought I did really well. I was surprised at how good I did,” said freshman Andrew Morgan, who placed sixth at 103 lbs.
As a team, the Bulldogs thought they needed improvements.
“We wrestled pretty tough as a team,” Callahan said. “It showed us some of the things we need to work on.”
Callahan placed first. Busby placed second at 160-lbs. Thurlow was third, while Morgan was sixth. In seventh place was junior Josh Hanson (130 lbs.), junior Heath Parmley (171 lbs.) and sophomore Jesse Austin (285 lbs.), Senior Nick Barkley placed eighth at 189 lbs. and freshman Cody Sellers also placed eighth at 103 lbs.
Callahan has moved into third place on the BHS all-time wins list by winning his 140th career match. He is now 140-14 in his four-year career. He passed Derek Lang, who was a two-time state placer for the Bulldogs, finishing sixth and third.
Baldwin’s next wrestling tournament is Friday and Saturday at Harrisonville.