Baldwin wrestlers dual threat
The Baldwin Bulldog wrestling team continued its success in dual meets from last season Saturday, posting a 4-1 record at Ottawa.
The Bulldogs’ lone setback during the day was to Valley Center, third-ranked in 5A. Baldwin finished third in the competition, scoring victories against Highland Park of Topeka, Anderson County, Osawatomie and Fort Scott.
“It was a good tournament for us to compete in as a team as a dual setting,” Baldwin coach Kit Harris said. “We are a balanced team top to bottom, so duals should be good for us.”
Three Baldwin wrestlers were undefeated at 5-0, including junior Tucker Clark at 132 pounds, senior Bryce Shoemaker at 138 pounds and senior Jason Von Bargen at 160 pounds.
Harris said Von Bargen was involved in what was the most exciting win of the day. The senior got a takedown with seconds remaining in the sixth-overtime period to defeat the state’s third-ranked 5A wrestler from Valley Center.
Shoemaker is now the top-ranked 4A wrestler at 138 pounds and solidified his rankings with wins Saturday against the second- and third-ranked 4A wrestlers in his weight class.
Baldwin 56, Highland Park 21
Valley Center 46, Baldwin 20 (ranked No. 3 in 5A)
Baldwin 59, Anderson County 24
Baldwin 44, Osawatomie 25
Baldwin 44, Fort Scott 34 (third-place final dual)
Tucker Clark, JR, 132lbs, 5-0
Bryce Shoemaker, SR, 138lbs, 5-0 (Bryce is ranked No. 1 in 4A, he defeated the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked wrestlers)
Jason Von Bargen, SR, 160lbs, 5-0
Colton Horne, SR, 152lbs 4-1
Cameron Christian, SR, 126lbs, 4-1
Ben Morgenstern, FR, 106lbs, 3-2
Mark Harman, SR, 170lbs, 3-2
Mario Garcia, SO, 182lbs, 3-2
Joel Halford, SO, 220lbs, 3-2