Archive for Thursday, February 7, 2008

League wrestling set for Saturday

February 7, 2008

With the wrestling season coming closer to a close, it is time for the Baldwin High School wrestlers to compete in the annual Frontier League Tournament.

This year's tournament is a little different than it has been in previous years. The Frontier League has been reduced from 13 teams to eight. The schools participating are Baldwin, De Soto, Eudora, Gardner-Edgerton, Louisburg, Ottawa, Paola and Spring Hill.

Some worry that the the reduction will affect quality of competition.

"I don't like that there will be less matches this year," coach Kit Harris said. "We lost some quality teams. But it is what it is and we will just have to make the best of it."

Others don't mind the change.

"League will definitely be different," senior Michael Barnes said. "The scores with be closer."

Some are glad about the change.

"With less teams, this year, the tournament will have less matches," senior Alex Coffey said. "With less matches, the day will go faster, which is nice. We won't have as much sitting time, there will be more time spent wrestling."

At this tournament, senior Kevin Callahan may break the Kansas state record for wins. The state career wins record is currently 166 wins held by Kenneth Livengood from Blue Valley North. Callahan is three wins away from breaking the record, with a career wins record of 163 wins.

The top records for the Bulldogs this season are: junior Alan Callahan (35-1), K. Callahan (29-4), senior Nick Rockhold (24-6), and senior Gabe Mason (29-8).

BHS has placed in the top one or two at the league tournament for the past five years. Last year, BHS placed second, losing to Gardner-Edgerton by one point.

The tournament begins 9 a.m. on Saturday at De Soto High School.

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