The squad announced its 2012-13 schedule on Wednesday and features some of the toughest events in the country including a dual at NCAA Division I University of Missouri.
“We have an outstanding group of newcomers and an excellent set of seasoned veterans that will hopefully all come together, work hard and continue to be successful,” said May. “With both groups we have a lot of potential, but they all have to be willing to put in the work to bring us to the next level.”
Baker is losing 2x NAIA All-American Jarell Price to graduation, however he will be returning as a student coach. The Wildcats return three NAIA All-Americans from a team that finished ranked No. 9 in the NAIA a year ago. NAIA National runner-up and 2011-12 Baker University Athlete of the Year Brandon Gebhardt returns for coach May at heavyweight. Also returning for the Wildcats are 184 pound All-Americans Robert Shadrach and Jarid Price.
Baker opens up the 2012-13 season at home, as they host the 4th Annual Dan Harris Open on November 4th.The Open is named for former Director of Athletics and Baker University Athletics Hall of Fame member Dan Harris, who was greatly responsible for bringing the wrestling program to Baker University.
The Wildcat wrestling team will compete in a dual with an NCAA Division I opponent for the second straight year as they travel to Columbia, Missouri to face the Big 12 champion Missouri Tigers.
“Competing against schools like Missouri allows our team to see top level competition as well as put Baker Wrestling in the national spotlight.” said Baker assistant coach Levi Calhoun
Another highlight in the Wildcat’s schedule is the Desert Duals, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Schools from across the country will wrestle in this highly competitive tournament.
Baker has been invited to compete in the NWCA National Duals for the second straight season in Springfield, Ill. The Top 16 NAIA programs will be competing for a National Dual Title. NCAA DII, DIII, NJCAA, and women’s teams will also compete in the tournament.
Baker then looks to defend its championship at the Kansas Cup Invitational on Jan. 27 in Wichita, Kan. The Kansas Cup showcases the “Best of Kansas”, as every college wrestling program in Kansas will compete for the title.
Baker will host the NAIA Central Regionals here in Baldwin City on Feb. 16, where the Wildcat wrestlers will compete for a spot in the national tournament. Baker will then travel to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament, where they hope to bring home even more All-Americans.
Make sure to follow all the action this season at www.bakerwildcats.com.