Bulldogs hosting league wrestling Friday, Saturday
Winter weather has been problematic for the Baldwin High School wrestling team since its home tournament Jan. 29, but it will be hosting the Frontier League tournament Friday and Saturday.
Since the Baldwin Invitational Tournament, the Bulldogs have missed five days of practice and three scheduled duals. They were scheduled to compete Wednesday evening in a dual partnered with a Baker University dual, but USD 348 classes were canceled.
“We were really excited about hosting that with Baker,” BHS coach Kit Harris said. “We weren’t going to charge admission trying to get the community to come support wrestling. It’s pretty disappointing. We will try to arrange a date for next year, because it could be exciting.”
For their first action in two weeks, the Bulldogs will host the league tournament, which will be a seven-team dual setup. The tournament used to have individual brackets like every other tournament.
“When the league went to seven teams last year, we discussed what to do with the league tournament,” Harris said. “We knew the kids wouldn’t get many matches if it was a bracket, so we decided to do the dual tournament. We have to make it two days, since they can’t wrestle more than five matches in a day. We are all pretty excited about it.”
Each team will compete against the other six league schools in a dual. There will be three mats going at one time in the Baldwin Junior High School gymnasium. Each school will have one round as a bye. Baldwin’s bye might be at 1 p.m. after a 30-minute lunch break.
“Wrestlers definitely get into the dual tournament more,” Harris said. “The whole day, they are sitting there watching their teammates. Everything and every point counts and matters.”
The wrestling begins at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Each dual is scheduled to begin 1 hour and 15 minutes after the previous one begins. There will be three duals on Friday and four on Saturday.
“I would love to have some fans come support us,” Harris said. “Duals are exciting to watch and the league title is on the line. We haven’t had any home duals this year, so this is a good chance to come watch us this weekend.”