Baldwin wrestlers get ready for league with 2nd-place finish at Silver Lake, dual sweep
Baldwin High School wrestlers tuned up for their postseason with a second-place finish Saturday in the 17-team Silver Lake Invitational.
The Bulldogs finished behind St. James Academy, the state’s No. 1 team in all classes, and ahead of No. 4 4A ranked Prairie View and the No. 2 and 4 ranked small school teams of Silver Lake and Rossville. St. James finished with 250 points. Baldwin had 182.5.
Frontier League wrestling schedule
Friday, Feb. 14
Round 1 (5:00-6:15)
Mat 1: Baldwin v. Eudora
Mat 2: Spring Hill v. Louisburg
Mat 3: Paola v. Ottawa
Round 2 (6:15-7:30)
Mat 1: Baldwin v. Louisburg
Mat 2: Eudora v. Ottawa
Mat 3: Paola v. DeSoto
Bye: Spring Hill
Round 3 (7:30-8:45)
Mat 1: Baldwin v. Ottawa
Mat 2: Eudora v. DeSoto
Mat 3: Spring Hill v. Paola
Saturday, Feb. 15
Round 4 (10:00-11:15)
Mat 1: Ottawa v. DeSoto
Mat 2: Louisburg v. Paola
Mat 3: Eudora v. Spring Hill
Round 5 (11:15-12:30)
Mat 1: Baldwin v. DeSoto
Mat 2: Ottawa v. Spring Hill
Mat 3: Louisburg v. Eudora
(30-minute lunch break following Round 5)
Round 6 (1:00-2:15)
Mat 1: Baldwin v. Paola
Mat 2: DeSoto v. Spring Hill
Mat 3: Ottawa v. Louisburg
Round 7 (2:15-3:30)
Mat 1: Baldwin v. Spring Hill
Mat 2: Paola v. Eudora
Mat 3: DeSoto v. Louisburg
Ten Baldwin wrestlers placed with Tiler Garcia leading the way with a first-place finish at 220 pounds.
Also making the finals were freshman Thomas Lisher, sophomore Owen Tuckfield, sophomore Jake Katzer and senior Tucker Clark.
"We competed hard and had some great wins,” coach Kit Harris said. “But we also had a lot of matches we could have and should have won had we wrestled better, harder, and smarter. Winning is the name of the game this time of year, and we have to work harder to do whatever it takes to get to the legs, finish shots, score our bottom points, and aggressively ride and turn.”
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Osawatomie to take on the Trojans and Frontenac in duals. The Bulldogs won both matches and improved to 4-0 in duals on the year.
Baldwin won 10 of 14 weight classes with six wins by fall in the Osawatomie match. Winning by pin were Ben Morgenstern, Lisher, Clark, Jon Pratt, and Mario Garcia. Sophomore Tuckfield earned a revenge win over a wrestler who had lost to at Holton in overtime.
In the Frontenac dual, the Bulldogs won nine weight classes, with four by fall (Lisher, Clark, Taylor Jones). A great win at 170 pounds as sophomore Joel Katzer scored a late takedown and then got a ride-out for a 7-5 win.
Baldwin will take its 4-0 undefeated dual record into the Frontier League Dual Tournament. It is the fourth-straight year the league competition will be a
two-day dual-style format. BHS has won the past two league titles, last year winning an exciting dual over Spring Hill in the finale.
The dual meet format will start at 5 p.m. Friday and continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.