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Top 10 Ranking

12.8.11 | Wrestling

Baker wrestling climbs to highest-ever ranking in Top 20 Poll

Bo Newport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In just their third season of existence, the Baker University wrestling team has cracked the NAIA Top 10 rankings. Baker moved up four spots after being ranked No. 14 in the previous NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll. The Wildcats jumped No. 11 Missouri Valley College and No. 12 Missouri Baptist.

Baker also boasts four individually ranked wrestlers. 125-pound freshman Bo Newport currently sits at No. 6, senior Jarell Price moved up to No. 2 in the 149-pound weight class, junior Parker Owen is ranked No. 8 in the 174- pound weight class, and junior Dylan Berg climbed three spots up to No. 4 in the heavyweight division.

Jarell Price

“Being a Top 10 team was one of our primary goals when we started this program,” said head wrestling coach Jimmy May. “I’m proud of our wrestlers and coaching staff, but we must continue to work hard and keep improving throughout the season.”

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the Qualifying Groups. The next poll will be announced Dec. 21.

Rank Prvs. Rank School Total Team Points
1 1 Southern Oregon 101.5
2 7 Great Falls (Mont.) 95
3 4 Grand View (Iowa) 93.5
4 1 Campbellsville (Ky.) 88.5
5 7 Oklahoma City 79.5
6 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 79
7 9 Midland (Neb.) 68.5
8 9 Montana State-Northern 67
9 9 Morningside (Iowa) 44.5
10 14 Baker (Kan.) 44
11 11 Missouri Valley 35.5
12 12 Missouri Baptist 30
13 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 26.5
14 15 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 24
15 15 William Penn (Iowa) 20
16 16 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 19.5
17 19 Shorter (Ga.) 19
18 19 Cumberlands (Ky.) 16
19 18 Concordia (Neb.) 13.5
20 20 Menlo (Calif.) 10
20 22 Indiana Tech 10

Others receiving votes: Dickinson State (N.D.) 9; Waldorf (Iowa) 7; Jamestown (N.D.) 1.5; York (Neb.) 1.

Top-Ranked Individuals | Individual Rankings
125 - Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon
133 - Matt Katusin, Midland (Neb.)
141 - Anthony Varnell, Great Falls (Mont.)
149 - Eric Burgey, William Penn (Iowa)
157 - Tommy Norton/Hooper, Southern Oregon
165 - Kevin Hardy, Oklahoma City
174 - Joseph Sievert, Morningside (Iowa)
184 - Evan Hinebauch, Montana State-Northern
197 - Nicholas Leither, Northwestern (Iowa)
HWT - Leviticus Roberson, Midland (Neb.)

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