Archive for Friday, February 14, 2014

Baldwin wrestlers get ready for league with 2nd-place finish at Silver Lake, dual sweep

Baldwin High School's Ben Morgenstern competes last Saturday at the 17-team Silver Lake meet. The Bulldog wrestling team was second at the event and won both dual meets Wednesday at an Osawatomie event. The team starts the two-day, dual-meet format Frontier League meet today.

Baldwin High School's Ben Morgenstern competes last Saturday at the 17-team Silver Lake meet. The Bulldog wrestling team was second at the event and won both dual meets Wednesday at an Osawatomie event. The team starts the two-day, dual-meet format Frontier League meet today.

February 14, 2014

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

Bye: DeSoto

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

Bye: Louisburg

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

Bye: Baldwin

Round 5 (11:15-12:30)

Mat 1: Baldwin v. DeSoto

Mat 2: Ottawa v. Spring Hill

Mat 3: Louisburg v. Eudora

Bye: Paola

(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

Bye: Eudora

Round 7 (2:15-3:30)

Mat 1: Baldwin v. Spring Hill

Mat 2: Paola v. Eudora

Mat 3: DeSoto v. Louisburg

Bye: Ottawa

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.

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