Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bulldogs place seven at Holton

January 29, 2009

Seven of the ten Baldwin High School wrestlers placed in the top six of the Gerald Sadowski Invitational at Holton High School on Saturday.

This was Baldwin’s first time competing in the tournament at Holton.

“This was a good tournament for us, because we didn’t wrestle all that well,” coach Kit Harris said. “This is the first meet that I felt like we didn’t show improvement. I am glad we had this day now. It will help us focus on some key things we have to improve on. We wrestled hard, just had our weaknesses exposed.”

Leading the way were seniors Alan Callahan and Andy Thurlow. Callahan placed second in the 112-pound weight class, while Thurlow finished third in the 135-pound class.

Also playing high for the Bulldogs were juniors Josh Hanson (130) and Heath Parmley (152). They both placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Overall, Baldwin had a 19-18 win-loss record with 11 wins by fall.

“I thought it was pretty tough,” Thurlow said. “I’m glad we had a pretty full line-up. We need to work on leg attack finishes.”

Baldwin placed eighth as a team overall with 96 points. There were teams representing Classes 6A, 5A, 4A and 321A.

Freshman Andrew Morgan, sophomore Jesse Austin and senior Colin Busby placed sixth.

“I think I did very well, but I think I could have done better,” Morgan said. “I am very excited to wrestle in the BIT.”

Alex Alsup, Greg Schiffelbein and Adam Christian did not place.

Callahan is leading the team with 30 wins this season. Thurlow has 20, while Parmley has 16, Hanson has 14 and Austin has 13.

Baldwin’s next wrestling meet is at 6 p.m. tonight at Spring Hill. The Bulldogs and Broncos will have a dual. The Bulldogs will then host their home tournament Saturday.

“This is a very tough tournament. I like having our guys wrestle against some of the top competition in the state and even the nation,” Harris said. “Hosting is a lot of work, but a lot of fun, too.”

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