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Monday, 03 December 2012 17:06

Kaufman-Brand Open Recap

Brandon Gebhardt poses for a photo with Baker President Dr. Pat Long at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Oct. Brandon Gebhardt poses for a photo with Baker President Dr. Pat Long at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Oct.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Baker University wrestling team competed in its fourth Open of the 2012 season over the weekend in the Kaufman-Brand Open hosted by Maryville University.

The tournament combined wrestlers from both Elite and Amateur divisions into one division featuring tough competition from NCAA Division I schools University of Missouri, University of Iowa, Oklahoma University, University of Illinois and Northern Illinois.

Senior Brandon Gebhardt again performed well with his second-place finish in the 285-pound class. He fought hard, but eventually lost to Mizzou's Devon Mellon in the finals, 3-2.

In the 141-pound class, Joel Olivas went 3-2 on the day and finished just one victory away from placing.

Sophomore Nick Haugen competed in the 149-pound class with a 3-1 record and lost in overtime to Mizzou's Trevor Weist, but he previously pinned OU's Tim Hamilton earlier in the day.

Baker's Dylan Coppenbarger took home eighth-place in the 149-pound division and teammate AJ Gassman took seventh in the 133-pound class.

The Wildcats Nathan Sommer also placed eighth on the day in the 165 pound class and senior Parker Owen finished the Open with a 3-2 record in the 174 pound class. Jakob Price went .500 at the Open with a 2-2 mark in the 165-pound class.

"This was the toughest tournament we have been to this year," said assistant coach Levi Calhoun. "Our guys battled hard, but there is still a lot of work to be done."

Baker will next compete on Dec. 16 in Las Vegas, Nev., in the Desert Duals. For a look at all the results from the weekend at the Kaufman-Brand Open, please click here. 


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