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Baldwin wrestlers defeat ranked 6A Lawrence team in dual

February 1, 2013

Lawrence — Lawrence High School fell, 40-27, in a dual meet at home on senior nigh to Baldwin in part because of its three open weight classes, which spotted the Bulldogs 18 points.

That excuse didn’t fly with LHS coach Pat Naughton, though.

“Baldwin came up here, and they came with a purpose, and they accomplished it,” Naughton said. “There’s no getting around that. Even if you give up three weight classes or whatever, you can’t take away what those kids came out here to do.”

If anything, Naughton said, the Lions weren’t mentally prepared.

“Maybe some of our guys took it a little lackadaisical,” the coach said, “with them having a couple different kids in the lineup.”

Baldwin coach Kit Harris said his team, like Lawrence, has dealt with sickness and injuries lately.

“I’ve got seven freshmen and sophomores starting,” Harris said, “but this is a good team effort. We’ve had a lot of good things happen for us.”

The Bulldogs won five of six matches at LHS between the 126- and 160-pound weight classes. Harris said a 1-0 victory for Jon Pratt (126) against Garrett Girard, Bryce Shoemaker’s pinfall win over Lynch (138), a 7-4 decision for Owen Tuckfield (145) against Sean McCoy and Jason Von Bargen’s 18-1 technical fall at 160 versus Wescoat all made a difference in the Baldwin victory.

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