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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:50

Baker Ranked No. 14 in Latest Poll

Nick Haugen is now the sixth ranked 149-pound wrestler in the NAIA Nick Haugen is now the sixth ranked 149-pound wrestler in the NAIA

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team fell three spots from No. 11 to No. 14 this week in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, announced on Wednesday.

Baker hosted Bethany College last Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Collins Center in a dual and defeated the Swedes handily, 24-9. Baker will now prepare for the NAIA Central Regionals in which they will host on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Wildcats also have seven wrestlers nationally ranked in their respective classes including No. 1 ranked heavyweight Brandon Gebhardt.

Also ranked for Baker is 125-pound wrestler Alan Calahan who comes in ranked No. 15 this week, also ranked is 141-pound wrestler Joel Olivas, he comes in ranked No. 13 in the country.

Nick Haugen moved up three spots and is ranked sixth in the 149-pound class and teammate Nathan Sommer is now ranked No. 9 in the NAIA in the 165-pound division. Parker Owen is the No. 16 ranked wrestler in the 174-pound weight class and Jarid Price is now the No. 14 ranked 184-pound wrestler in the country this week.

For a full list of all the nationally ranked wrestlers from across the country, please click here. For a look at the entire Top 20 poll, please click here.

Notes: (all information dates back to 2000-01 season) There have been 24 teams represented through six polls this season (includes preseason poll) ... Grand View's (Iowa) No. 1 ranking is its 11th all-time, which ranks third since 2000-01 ... Former NAIA member Lindenwood (Mo.) boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 39, while former NAIA member Notre Dame (Ohio) is second with 14 ... Nine programs have appeared in the top 20 for at least 20-consecutive editions, led by No. 3 Great Falls' (Mont.) and No. 6 Campbellsville's (Ky.) current run of 61-straight polls, dating back to the 2005-06 season ... No. 4 Montana State-Northern is the only other school with at least 50-straight appearances (53) ... Southern Oregon's Mitchell Lofstedt has been ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds for 16-straight polls ... Lofstedt (125 pounds), Brock Gutches (174 pounds) of Southern Oregon and Montana State-Northern's Ethan Hinebauch (165 pounds) have been ranked atop their respective weight class in all seven polls this season ... Notre Dame and Lindenwood are the only programs that have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Notre Dame: 2010-11; Lindenwood: 2006-07).


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