The Wildcats were highlighted by two place-winners. Billy Benz, from Gardner, Kan., finished seventh in the 125-pound weight class and became the sixth Baker wrestler to qualify for the national championships this season. Freshman Nathan Sommer, from Parker, Kan., joined Benz as a national qualifier by making it to the 7th-8th-place match before defaulting to eighth place in the 157-pound weight class because of injury.
With the two placers this weekend, Baker University has qualified seven wrestlers for the NAIA national championships in their first two weeks of competition. The NAIA allows each team to bring 12 wrestlers to the national championships.
The Wildcat wrestlers will not get much rest before their meet Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Collins Center, hosting another first-year program, Concordia University from Seward, Neb. This is a rare event with two first-year programs competing against each other in a dual meet.