BHS wrestlers finish third at duals
A pair of Baldwin High School juniors stole the show for the Bulldogs at the Washburn Rural Championship Duals on Saturday in Topeka.
Alan Callahan (112 pounds) and Colin Busby (160) each went 5-0 on the day, helping Baldwin to a third-place finish among several Class 5A and 6A schools.
Valley Center won the meet and Wichita Northwest finished runner-up. Baldwin came in third after it defeated Blue Valley North in the final duals.
"We wrestled really well," Callahan said. "We are getting better in all of the categories we were lacking in. We are just wrestling well as a team now."
Callahan advanced his record to 30-0 on the season with his five victories Saturday. He was pleased with his performance but knows he can still improve.
"I wrestled pretty good, but I still have to keep getting better and keep on myself," Callahan said. "I have to keep getting in better shape, too."
When asked about his unblemished record, Callahan said it's nice, but it's not the most important thing on his mind for the season.
"It kind of puts more pressure on me, but it's a good feeling right now," Callahan said. "The only thing that matters is that state title and that's about it."
For the first time all season, Busby went undefeated during a tournament. Harris said Busby battled through some tough matches when he wasn't winning easily.
"Colin had a great day and he won some tough matches and dominated in some others," Harris said. "He's been working hard all year, but he's had some up and down matches. That was probably his best overall performance of the year."
Baldwin recorded convincing wins against Wamego (59-18) and Leavenworth (46-24), and dropped tough duals to state-ranked Valley Center (48-19) and Wichita Northwest (44-33).
In the finals, BHS defeated BVN 37-30 to place third as a team. Harris was pleased with the Bulldogs' performance Saturday.
"It was very exciting," Harris said. "I saw a lot of improvement in some things we've been talking a lot about. I liked how the team really started to come together, too.
"There weren't very many down moments during the day," Harris said. "It was a pretty solid day all around."
Harris said that the Bulldogs rallied after losing a tough dual to Valley Center in the semifinals.
"After the fourth dual, where we lost to the eventual champ Valley Center, I thought we looked a little sluggish," Harris said. "I saw a little bit of fatigue setting in, so we got together as a team and we all talked about getting stronger as the day goes on. That last dual was probably our best dual of the day."
Four BHS wrestlers went 4-1 Saturday. They were senior Nick Rockhold (119), sophomore Josh Hanson (125), senior Kevin Callahan (130) and senior Gabe Mason (171). Junior Brad Canterbury (152) went 3-2 at the meet.
BHS improved to 4-2 on the season in dual matches, with duals coming up against Spring Hill (senior night and 'Pack the House Night' tonight at BHS), Santa Fe Trail (Feb. 1), and Osawatomie (Feb. 7).
The Bulldogs' dual against Spring Hill begins at 6 tonight at the BHS gym.
"They are really good and that coach has done a great job," Harris said of Spring Hill. "We will have tough matches every round. We'll see them at league, regional and state, so it will be good preparation for that."