Dan Harris Wildcat Open highlights weekend activities
Baldwin City — Following the University’s first dual meet in the school's 152-year history on Saturday night and a win over York College, the Baker wrestling program was host to the inaugural Dan Harris Wildcat Open tournament at the Collins Center on Sunday.
The Wildcats had a stellar performance in the tournament, finishing the day with nine top-six placers. Joe Pace, a freshman from Platte City, Mo., placed second at 174 pounds to lead Baker. He dropped a 5-3 decision to Missouri Valley's Alex McKinney, an NAIA national runner-up in 2009.
Named after retired Baker University Athletic Director Dan Harris (pictured), the Wildcat Open was host to 14 colleges and universities from around the region, including Missouri Valley, Hastings (Neb.) College, York (Neb.) College, Pratt (Kan.) Community College, Colby (Kan.) Community College, Fort Hays (Kan.) State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Texas-Arlington, Northwest Missouri State University, Dana (Neb.) College and Neosho County (Kan.) Community College. More than 160 wrestlers participated in the tournament. Harris and his family were recognized at the event for bring wrestling to Baker.
Five Wildcat wrestlers secured a spot in the NAIA National Championships in March by qualifying in their respective weight classes. Jordan McGuire and Alan Callahan qualified at 125 pounds. Pace and Clarence Jordan qualified at 174 pounds, and Jacob Nowak at 184.
Other Baker wrestlers to place in the top six on Sunday were:
125 — Jordan McGuire, Edmond, Okla.; 141 — Zach Reeb, Topeka, Kan.; 157 — Nathan Sommer, Parker, Kan.; 184 — Jacob Nowak, Overland Park, Kan.;
157 — Andrew Hurla, Edwardville, Kan.
125 — Alan Callahan, Baldwin City, Kan.; 197 — Jason Schweer, Waverly, Iowa.
The Wildcats will be in action this Saturday, Nov. 14, in Mitchell, S.D., at the Dakota Wesleyan University Open. Action starts at 9 a.m. After returning from South Dakota, the Wildcats will host Concordia (Neb.) College on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.