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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific vs. Union    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Wentzvillr Liberty vs. Lutheran South     5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt vs. Warrenton    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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