BHS wrestlers place at summer tournament
Four Baldwin City wrestlers competed in the Southern Plains Regional Freestyle/Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Hays last weekend and two placed in the top four.
Baldwin High School sophomore Andrew Morgan was the Bulldogs’ only double-placer from the tournament. Morgan placed fourth in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at 125 pounds.
In the freestyle competition, Morgan went 2-2. In Greco-Roman, he won his first two matches before losing the third match. He rebounded with a win, but lost in his final match to place fourth.
“I just thought of the tournament like any other one and went out and wrestled one match at a time,” Morgan said. “I think that I am better at Greco-Roman wrestling. I like not having to worry about someone shooting on me and also I am pretty good at throwing and hand fighting. The competition was pretty tough, I had to go out and give it my all for every match.”
The other placer from Baldwin was BHS freshman Bryce Shoemaker. He finished runner-up in the 119-pound Greco-Roman bracket. Shoemaker won his first four matches, but lost in the final one to finish second to a wrestler from Texas.
“For Bryce to get second in Greco, which he’d say isn’t his best style, is pretty awesome,” said BHS coach Kit Harris. “For Andrew to be a double placer is huge. He’s been working really hard and that’s a great achievement for him.
“Andrew has pretty much been going since the end of the season,” he said. “He was frustrated at the end of his season. He wanted to place at state really bad, but he’s just getting better and better. Byrce took a break for about a month and then got back into it. He’s picking up his training for Fargo.”
A pair of Baldwin wrestlers also competed at the tournament. They were Tucker Clark (112) and Cody Sellers (125).
These four wrestlers are in training for this summer's national tournament in Fargo, N.D., in July and last weekend’s event is a preview of national-level competition. Colton Bonner is also planning on wrestling at the Fargo tournament.
“It’s really quite an achievement to place at this tournament,” Harris said. “These regionals are preliminaries to the nationals, so the guys training for Fargo and trying to place at Fargo are at these regionals around the country. So it’s definitely Fargo-level competition, but less guys in the bracket.”
Many Baldwin wrestlers will be attending the Baker University camp next week. Harris said summer camps and tournaments can the difference for many wrestlers when the following season rolls around in November.