Archive for Friday, January 16, 2009

Callahan leads BHS wrestlers at Rossville

January 16, 2009

The Baldwin High School wrestling team placed eighth last Saturday at the Rossville Invitational. Despite only six wrestlers, the team ended up with five placers.

Senior Alan Callahan (112 pounds) went 4-0 with three falls and a major decision to win another gold medal. Also making the finals was sophomore Jesse Austin (285 lbs.). He who went 2-0 with two falls, but lost the first-place match to a wrestler from Royal Valley.

Freshman Andrew Morgan (103 lbs.) battled his way to third place by beating a state-ranked wrestler from Royal Valley in overtime. Senior Andy Thurlow (135 lbs.) wrestled his way to fourth place, just falling short of a victory to an opponent from Rossville.

Placing sixth was Colby Soden (119 lbs.), who won three matches throughout the day.

Coach Kit Harris commented on the event.

“Alan continues to wrestle well,” he said. “Jesse Austin and Andrew Morgan placing second and third were great achievements. Their only losses were to number one seeds in tough matches. I am real proud of our young kids throughout our lineup.”

Up next, the Bulldogs face tough match-ups on Friday and Saturday at Basehor-Linwood. The Bobcat Classic is well known as one of the toughest tournaments in the state.

“It’d be nice to have a full line-up for Basehor,” junior Heath Parmley said. “But due to all the injuries, it will be hard to come off with a better placing as a team. It should be a good weekend though working with what we have.”

Harris explained.

“We have had some challenges this season, to say the least,” Harris said. “We have had a lot of injuries and kids not on the team anymore for a variety of reasons. But I am very proud of our wrestlers who are hanging in there. We also are very young so I am taking opportunities to send a lot of kids to JV when there is a good JV meet that weekend.”

Up next for the junior varsity, the team has a tournament on Saturday at Shawnee Mission Northwest.

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