Baldwin is new national pins king
By Rick Pedone
For Osceola High junior wrestler Fox Baldwin, it’s one national record down and one to go today at the Dunedin Falcon Duals.
Baldwin, a three-time state champion, set the record for career pins (243) at Orange City University High Wednesday.
Today, he goes for the national career victories record (324), held by his older brother, Pete Baldwin. Pete Baldwin also had the pins record.
“I was excited about it. I wanted to get the job done,” Fox said. “I’m always looking for the pin. That’s how you get the most points for your team.”
As is the case with most of Baldwin’s 33 victories this year, his 160-pound match at Orange City did not last long. He pinned his opponent in 48 seconds. All of his victories have come by pin this season, except for one forfeit.
Baldwin has 321 career wins and he will wrestle four or five times today, OHS assistant coach Rick Tribit said.
“It depends on how they adjust the pools because one team dropped out,” Tribit said.
OHS won the match against University, 55-15.
Baldwin is invited to the Olympic Training Center starting Feb. 24. He is raising $2,000 for a 10-day trip to Yakutsk, Russia, to train with the Olympians in early March. Potential sponsors may contact his father, Pete Baldwin, at 407-973-2011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.