Baldwin claims three golds at Bonner Springs meet
Baldwin High School wrestlers were apparently ready to go when they returned to competition for the first time in four weeks.
The team hadn’t competed since wrestling Dec. 13 and 14 at the Eudora Invitational. Its last scheduled match before the two-week holiday break, a dual format tournament scheduled for Dec. 21 in Ottawa, was postponed because of weather.
The Bulldogs didn’t have any rust from the layoff Saturday at the Dick Burns Mat Classic at Bonner Springs High School. Three Bulldogs won individual titles, another made the finals and a total of eight placed in the event.
Baldwin finished fifth in the 12-team event with 153.5 points. Basehor-Linwood won the team championship with 208 points.
“The team did well, placing fifth overall in team standings despite not being at full strength,” coach Kit Harris said. “Baldwin had eight overall placers, one of our highest totals at this tournament.”
Winning gold were freshman Thomas Lisher at 126 pounds, senior Tucker Clark at 138 pounds and junior Mario Garcia at 195 pounds. Clark and Lisher won all their matches by falls, Harris said.
Lisher now has a season record of 13-2 with 11 of his wins coming by fall.
The Bulldogs will next compete Friday and Saturday in the Bobcat Classic at Basehor-Linwood High School, a meet that annually attracts top state and regional teams.
106-Levi Green, 2-2, 4th
113-Ben Morgenstern, 1-3, 6th
126-Thomas Lisher, 4-0 (all falls), 1st
132-Ben Huntington, 0-2
138-Tucker Clark, 3-0 (all falls), lst
138-Taylor Peters, 0-2
145-Jon Pratt, 4-1, 3rd
145-Ben Ogle, 0-2
152-Grayson Langham, 1-2
152-Justin Mead, 0-2
160-Owen Tuckfield, 3-2, 4th place
170-Gunther Wehrman, 0-2
182-Joel Halford, 0-1 (injury default)
195-Mario Garcia, 3-0, 1st
195-Clay Swanson, 0-2
220-Tiler Garcia, 3-1, 2nd place