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Sunday, 29 January 2012 20:12

Kansas Cup Champions

1.29.12 | Wrestling

Baker University captures first-ever Kansas Cup

Kansas Cup Champions

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In just its third year of existence as a program, the Baker University wrestling team has been crowned the champ in the state of Kansas.

Junior Brandon Gebhardt (Sparks, Nev.) was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler after recording three victories, with the most notable victory coming in the finals over NCAA DII Fort Hays State standout Justin Glenn.

Senior Jarell Price (Las Vegas, Nev.) entered Sunday ranked No. 3 in the NAIA at 149 pounds, and didn’t disappoint as he was crowned a champion in the 149 pound weight class after knocking off Kane Lavvorn of Colby Community College with a fall at 4:21 in the finals.

Unseeded Joel Olivas (Henderson, Nev.) was the biggest surprise of the afternoon as he advanced all the way to the finals of the 141 pounders, before falling to CJ Napier of Fort Hays State.

“Today was a total team effort,” said head coach Jimmy May. “This was a huge step forward for our program and I couldn’t be more proud of our kids.”

No. 10 Baker won’t have time to celebrate for long as the Wildcats prepare to host No. 5 Oklahoma City University on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.

View the final brackets here .

Be sure to check back on Monday as we will be posting player and coach interviews.

2012 Kansas Cup Wrestling Invitational Final Team Standings

1.#10 Baker University (NAIA)
121 points
2.#3 Labette County (NJCAA)
118.5 points
3.#15 Fort Hays State (NCAA DII)
112.5 points
4.Neosho CC69 points
5.Pratt CC66.5 points
6.Bethany College65.5 points
7.Colby County60 points
8.Newman University33 points

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