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Saturday, 16 February 2013 22:57

BU Sends Seven Wrestlers to Nationals

Joel Olivas finished second in the 141-pound division at the NAIA Central Regionals Joel Olivas finished second in the 141-pound division at the NAIA Central Regionals

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team posted two NAIA Central Region runner-up wrestlers and four third-place finishers on Saturday, as they hosted the NAIA Central Region Qualifying Group Tournament at the Collins Center, featuring 11 teams from six different states.

Baker will take seven wrestlers to the 2013 NAIA Wrestling National Championship meet on Mar. 1-2 in Des Moines, Iowa, as 285-pound wrestler Brandon Gebhardt, 184-pound wrestler Jarid Price, 125-pound wrestler Alan Callahan, 141-pound wrestler Joel Olivas, 149-pound wrestler Nick Haugen, 165-pound wrestler Nathan Sommer and 174-pound wrestler Parker Owen will all make the trip to nationals.

Gebhardt and Olivas advanced all the way to the championship match of Saturday's NAIA Central regional, No. 1 ranked Gebhardt fell to No. 2 ranked Eric Thompson of Grand View in the final, as Thompson pinned him in 32 seconds and Olivas fell to Grand View's Gustavo Martinez by a score of 6-2.

Jarid Price won the 184-pound third-place match over Oklahoma City's Cody Sivertsen, 5-3, and Callahan won the 125 third-place match against Central Baptist's Travis Shelnutt, 9-2.

Nick Haugen also took home third-place in the 149-pound weight class with a victory over Bethany's Courtney Strauss and Parker won the third-place match in the 174-pound class over Grand View's Cody Swim, 4-3. Sommer earned a spot as an at-large selection.

Thompson was named the Wrestler of the Central Region and Grand View head coach Nick Mitchell was named the NAIA Central Region Coach of the Year.

10th - Central Baptist and Benedictine
9th – Hannibal-LaGrange
8th - Bacone
7th - William Penn
6th - Wayland Baptist
5th - Bethany College
4th - Baker University
3rd - Oklahoma City
2nd - Missouri Valley
1st - Grand View



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