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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:00 pm

Spencer Baird definitely earned everything he accomplished during the wrestling season and at the MSHSAA Championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

A three-year state qualifier, the third time proved to be the charm for Baird, who won his first career all-state medal.

Competing at 152 pounds in Class 3, Baird captured third-place honors with a 4-1 state tournament record.

“I’m happy to get third place. I never gave up. I finally got to medal,” Baird said. “It’s what I’ve worked for all 13 years I’ve wrestled.”

Baird (48-8) capped his Washington career with an 8-6 victory over Neosho’s Sam Williams in a hard-fought third-place match.

“I’ve haven’t wrestled him before,” Baird said. “It takes a lot of heart to finish matches like that. You know it’s the last match of the year. You’re just dead from all of the other matches. You just have to push through it.”

Baird, a senior, opened the state tournament with a 9-0 majority decision over Kearney’s Jaxton Bingham.

In the quarterfinals, Baird pinned Carl Junction’s Nick Koon in 3:39.

Baird faced his biggest test in the state semifinals, where he lost a 7-2 decision to eventual state champion Zadac Lankford of Warrensburg, who finished with a perfect season at 54-0.

“Lankford is a pretty tough kid. He’s ranked first and was picked to win,” Baird said. “I believe I could have been in the finals against him, but I ended up on the wrong side of the bracket. He’s a tough kid.”

Despite the semifinal loss, Baird was determined to bounce back and end his senior season in style, which is what he did.

In the wrestlebacks, Baird won a 5-2 decision over Ladue’s Chase Ridenour to reach the third-place match.

“Spencer had a tough draw to have the eventual undefeated state champ in his half of the bracket,” Ohm said. “Other than him, Spencer was on an another level compared to anyone in the bracket. It was a great way to end his high school career.”

Baird scored 17 team points for the Blue Jays, who finished the state meet in fourth place with 79.5 points, just two places away from a state trophy.

“I wish I would have done better, but it is what it is,” he said. “I’m really happy for how good we did as a team in my senior year. It made my senior year a lot better.”

Baird leaves the Washington wrestling program with plenty of success on his resume.

“I am extremely proud and honored to have been able to be a part of his life for the past four years,” Ohm said. “I wish him the best in the future.”

Baird is leaving his options open for next year.

“For now, I’m going to work on school and try to get good grades,” he said. “If I get offers for college, I might go to college and wrestle.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 5 p.m.

CBC vs. Soldan, 6:30 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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