Successful BJHS wrestling season ends
The Baldwin Junior High School wrestling season ended Saturday at the Frontier League tournament held in Paola.
The Bulldogs ended with a final record of 34-12 on the day, with 28 falls.
“There is one guy I think I could have beat, but I was happy to have a better record than last year,” said eighth grader Austin Kraus, who placed second and had a record of 12-3 on the year.
In the advanced division, Baldwin had one champion, two runner-ups, three third place finishers and a fourth place.
“It was a pretty easy season. The only match I lost was to a really good guy,” said eighth grade champion Cameron Christian, who placed first and ended with a season record of 14-1.
In the novice division, Baldwin had six champions, two runner-ups, and a third-place finisher.
Three all-time records were also set this year. Eighth grader Jason Von Bargen set the record for most wins, going 15-3.
“I felt really good to set the record, I wish I would have set the record higher,” he said.
Eighth graders Ethan Beeman and Christian each had 11 falls. Seventh grader Tucker Clark set the record for the most wins, going 15-1. Seventh grader Cornell Brown tied the 2007 record of most falls with 10.
Coach Kit Harris was pleased with their final performance.
“This was a great season,” Harris said. “We tried to practice fast and hard and I was very proud of he new kids who kept up great with that pace. I think that helped them with having so much success in their first ever wrestling season.”
Top season records for the season for the eighth grade were Von Bargen, Christian (14-1), Beeman (12-2), Kraus and Colton Horne (each going 12-3).
The seventh grade top season records were by Clark, Thomas Von Bargen (12-3), Ethan Hartzell (12-4), Brown (11-3) and Riley Thomas (9-3).