Archive for Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wrestlers finish seventh at Bobcat Classic

January 17, 2008

It was another great weekend for the Callahan brothers.

Two more tournament titles, one career wins' record and one undefeated wrestler were all results at the Bobcat Classic Saturday in Basehor.

Senior Kevin Callahan broke the Baldwin High School wrestling all-time wins record. He won four matches, which moved him into first place with 153 wins.

"I wasn't thinking about the record when I was wrestling," Callahan said. "It is nice to think that I have a better record that anybody at Baldwin."

His brother, junior Alan Callahan also continued his remarkable season. A. Callahan remains unbeaten on the season with a record of 24-0. He won the 112-pound weight class Saturday to stay undefeated.

Harris' older brother, Jay Harris, holds the record for a season at BHS. He went 34-0 during his senior year in 1987. K. Harris isn't sure he wants A. Callahan to remain unbeaten or not.

"I almost don't want an undefeated kid, because that makes me wonder if I took them to enough tough tournaments," Harris said. "When kids get a tough loss, it really makes them look at their flaws. I've been telling him that just because he is winning, he isn't always wrestling well."

K. Callahan also won his bracket in the 130-pound division. It was the second straight tournament, third time this season, that the Callahans have come home victorious.

"There were a lot of good wrestlers there," Callahan said. "We have a lot to work on. This tournament brought out our flaws and has shown us our weaknesses."

The Bobcat Classic is a 30-team tournament that many consider to be tougher than a state wrestling bracket. BHS finished in the top 10 for the second year in a row with a seventh place finish.

Winning the team title was Class 6A powerhouse Goddard with 230.5. Andale finished second with 184.5.

Senior Gabe Mason (171) placed third and senior Nick Rockhold (119) placed fifth at the prestigious meet. Three more Bulldogs were one match from finishing in the top eight. They were sophomore Josh Hanson (125), junior Colin Busby (160) and senior Jake Enick (285).

"The tournament was rough," senior Alex Coffey said. "We were constantly challenged, which was good for us."

Other wrestlers attending were junior Travis Huffman (135), freshman Will Von Bargen (140), sophomore Heath Parmley (145), Coffey (152), junior Nick Barkley (189) and senior Michael Barnes (215). Huffman, Parmley, Coffey and Barnes each won one match.

Next up for the Bulldogs is the "Cats and Dogs" dual at 6 p.m. today at Burlington. Then they will compete at the Washburn Rural Championship Duals at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Topeka.

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