1.25.10 | Wrestling
Hurla Leads Baker Wrestlers at York Open
YORK, Neb. - The Baker University wrestling team, fresh off defeating NAIA Central Region opponent Bacone College on Tuesday night to stretch their undefeated dual streak to 4-0, traveled north to York, Neb., for the York College Open. Of the 17 Wildcat wrestlers who made the trip, five placed in the top six.
Leading all Baker grapplers was junior Andrew Hurla (157, Edwardsville, Kan.). Hurla (pictured) became the 11th Wildcat to qualify for the NAIA National Championships this season by reaching the finals of the York Open. He claimed runner-up honors after dropping a 4-3 decision to Brandon Perkins of Missouri Valley College.
Freshman Robb Waters (133, Kansas City, Mo.) and Jakob Price (165, Caney, Kan.) claimed fifth-place honors, while fellow freshman Brandon Scott (165, Albany, Ga.) and sophomore Billy Benz (133, Eureka, Kan.) finished sixth.
The Wildcats have a week to prepare for the inaugural Kansas Cup Invitational, to be held at Kansas Newman University in Wichita, Kan. on Sunday, Jan. 31. The invitational will showcase all seven Kansas colleges that sponsor wrestling. The top-10 starters from each Kansas college program will compete for the Kansas Cup.