Fox Baldwin sets national wrestling record for career wins
Fox Baldwin (right) won his 330th career victory Friday, setting a national record.
By Rick Pedone
Osceola’s Fox Baldwin became the all-time high school wrestling career wins leader Friday when he pinned St. Petersburg’s Bryce Frost in the first round of the 3A-2 regional tournament at the Kowboys gym.
Baldwin, 42-0, dispatched Frost in less than a minute of their 160-pound match to record his 330th career victory, breaking the tie he had with Georgia wrestler Chad Pyke.
“It’s nice to bring (the national record) back into the family,” Baldwin said.
His older brother, Pete Baldwin Jr., held the national record of 324 wins for three years before Pyke broke it last season, when he won 91 matches.
The pin was Fox’s 41st this season and the 251st for his career, also a national record.
Baldwin, a junior, will wrestle at least three more times at the regional meet, where more than 30 teams are competing.
Wrestling resumes Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for the semifinal round. The championship finals begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $7.
The top four wrestlers from each weight class advance to next week’s state tournament in Lakeland.