Archive for Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bulldogs battle at Harrisonville tournament

December 24, 2008

Despite only entering eight competitors, the Baldwin High School wrestling team held its own at the Harrisonville (Mo.) Holiday Tournament last weekend.

The Bulldogs finished 15th out of 18 teams at the two-day event. BHS was the only school from Kansas at the competitive tournament.

“It was definitely a tough tournament this weekend,” BHS coach Kit Harris said. “The kids that went all wrestled hard and competed well. We had some great wins and some tough losses. They all wrestled some tough competition so, hopefully, that will pay off the rest of the season.”

Leading the way for the Bulldogs once again was senior Alan Callahan. He chose to compete one weight class higher last weekend at the 119-pound class. Callahan went 8-0 to make his way into the championship finals.

He put his 20-0 season record on the line against a two-time Missouri state champion, dropping a 12-2 decision for his first loss of the year.

“He didn’t cut weight for a week, because he wanted to wrestle one higher weight class and some tougher competition,” Harris said of his star senior. “It was a great decision and he had some great wins all tournament. He learned a lot about what he needs to work on, but he wrestled great.”

The Bulldogs’ next highest placer was junior Josh Hanson at 130 pounds. Hanson went 5-3 in a very tough weight class to finish fourth.

Hanson wrestled great in his pool, winning six of seven matches, including three falls and one technical fall.

“Josh had a very tough bracket,” Harris said. “I always joke with him about not being able to pin kids, but he got three pins over the weekend. He wrestled some studs in the final rounds and did very well.”

Other Bulldog placers were sophomore Colby Soden (112), who finished fifth and senior Andy Thurlow (135), who placed sixth. Finishing in eighth place were freshman Andrew Morgan (103) and junior Heath Parmley (160).

The two other Bulldog entries were junior Jake Abram (135) and freshman Colton Bonner (189). Abram earned his first varsity win, taking two wins in the tournament. He won one by major decision and the other by technical fall.

The Bulldogs will resume action at the Rossville Invitational on Jan. 10. Harris said his team has several issues to take care of before returning from break.

“After Christmas, we have to re-rally,” he said. “We have to get healthy and eligible. We have to get some kids caring about the sport, too. It’s my job to make sure that happens and I’m trying my best. If all of that happens and we get everybody competing, we can be good this season.”

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