Three Baldwin High School wrestlers earn medals at Bobcat Classic
What the Baldwin High School team lacked in quantity at last weekend’s Bobcat Classic at Basehor-Linwood High School, it made up for in quality.
Baldwin coach Kit Harris said only five team members, Levi Green, Ben Morgenstern, Thomas Lisher, Jon Pratt and Joel Halford, competed in the Friday, Saturday wrestling tournament, which annually attracts top teams from Kansas and nearby states. Three of those wrestlers left the tournament with medals.
The Bulldogs’ top performer at the Bobcat Classic was sophomore Green, who finished second at 106 pounds. Harris said Green won four matches on Friday and defeated two state-ranked foes in the process. Green lost 2-0 in the finals to the No. 1 ranked 4A wrestler from Basehor-Linwood. His record is now 22-3 on the year.
Pratt earned a bronze at 152 pounds with a showing that included wins against the No. 2 seeded wrestler from Platte County, Mo., High School and the No. 3 seed. He is now 25-4 on the year after earning his first Bobcat Classic medal.
Sophomore Thomas Lisher brought home his second Bobcat Classic medal with a fourth-place finish at 138 pounds. He finished the tournament with a 5-2 record and twice beat the No. 2 ranked 6A wrestler from Junction City.
Halford had a 1-2 record in the tournament at 182 pounds, and Morgenstern finished 3-2 at 126 pounds.
The Bulldog varsity wrestlers will have the week off to prepare for two big home events next week. On Friday, Jan. 30, the Bulldogs will host an evening of dual meets with Holton and Goodland providing the competition. The team will be back on the mats Saturday, Jan. 31, for the annual Baldwin Invitational Tournament.
BALDWIN VARSITY RECORDS
06: Levi Green, sophomore, 22-3, 3 falls, 10 tech falls, 2 majors
126: Ben Morgenstern, junior, 17-8, 4 falls, 1 tech fall, 2 majors
126: Griffin Wehrman, freshman, 1-8, 1 fall
132/138: Thomas Lisher, sophomore, 17-3, 10 falls, 1 tech fall, 1 major
138/145: Ethan Temple, freshman, 4-13, 2 falls
145: Taylor Peters, senior, 1-8
152: Jon Pratt, senior, 25-4, 11 falls, 2 tech falls, 1 major
152/160: Ben Ogle, sophomore, 2-6
160: Owen Tuckfield, junior, 10-2, 2 falls
170: Collin Crabtree, junior, 0-4
170: Wyatt Slavin, junir, 3-2, 2 falls
170/182: Justin Howard, sophomore, 3-4, 3 falls
170/182: Joel Katzer, junior, 16-1, 9 falls, 3 majors
195: Joel Halford, senior, 11-6, 4 falls, 2 tech fallls, 1 major
220: Wyatt Parmley, senior, 2-6, 2 falls
220: Taylor Jones, senior, 5-4, 2 falls
285: Jake Katzer, junior, 11-1, 7 falls
285: Alex Cigard, junior, 7-3, 3 falls, 1 major