4.27.10 | Wrestling
Baker wrestling inks Phillip Henes to letter of intent
Phillip Hennes signs a letter of intent with Baker University.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University head wrestling coach Jimmy May announced the signing of Phillip Henes a Labette Community College transfer.
Henes hails from the tradition-rich St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park, Kan.), where he was the 2008 Kansas State Champion and 2007 runner-up.
"Phillip is going to be an outstanding addition to our wrestling program, not only does he do-it-all on the mat, he has a stellar academic background," stated coach May.
4.12.10 | Wrestling
Baker wrestling inks local BHS recruit
- Hanson pictured with his parents, BHS wrestling coach and Baker head coach Jimmy May.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - After successfully completing his first season as head coach, Jimmy May wasted no time in hitting the recruiting trail this off-season. He didn't have to travel far. Baldwin High School standout Josh Hanson signed a letter of intent on April 2, 2010.
Hanson, a three-time state qualifier for the Bulldogs, placed third at state as a senior, owning a 43-9 record. Hanson is one of only seven BHS wrestlers to win 40 matches in a season. He also finished with 126 career wins, placing fifth on BHS' all-time wins list.
3.15.10 | Wrestling
Baker wrestlers close out inaugural season at NAIA Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Baker University completed its inaugural wrestling season this past week at the 53rd Annual NAIA National Championships on the campus of Oklahoma City University. The Wildcats qualified 10 wrestlers for the championships. The Baker wrestlers placed 28th out of 38 teams in the competition.
The Wildcats were led by senior Levi Calhoun (285, Oklahoma City). Calhoun opend the championships with a huge victory over the fifth-rated heavyweight in the nation from the University of Great Falls. Calhoun followed up that victory with a second-round 3-2 decision over Willie Hernandez from Jamestown College. With that win, Calhoun advanced to the quarterfinals against Chas Maloch from McKendree College. Calhoun was 1-1 against Maloch during the regular season before losing a hard-fought battle 5-3 in the quarters.
2.21.10 | Wrestling
Baker wrestlers finish fifth at NAIA Central Regional
- Ten Wildcats will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. for the NAIA National Championships.
OSKALOOSA, Iowa - First year wrestling program Baker University competed in their first ever post-season competition by traveling through a grueling snow storm to compete in the Central Region Qualifying tournament at region host William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
2.7.10 | Wrestling
Jordan leads Wildcats at Missouri Valley College Open
MARSHALL, Mo. - Baker wrestling junior Clarence Jordan (174, Waterloo, Iowa) led all Baker wrestlers by finishing sixth at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Mo. Saturday. With over 230 entries in the tournament, eight Wildcats entered the open with Jordan coming away as a top six finisher.
The MVC Open marked the end of the regular season for the Baker wrestling program and head coach Jimmy May and the Baker wrestlers will now have two weeks to prepare for the NAIA Central Regional at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Saturday February 20th.
Ten Baker grapplers have already secured their spot at the NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 4-6. Two more Baker wrestlers will look to stamp their ticket to the national chapionships at the Central Regional in Oskaloosa.
1.25.10 | Wrestling
Hurla Leads Baker Wrestlers at York Open
YORK, Neb. - The Baker University wrestling team, fresh off defeating NAIA Central Region opponent Bacone College on Tuesday night to stretch their undefeated dual streak to 4-0, traveled north to York, Neb., for the York College Open. Of the 17 Wildcat wrestlers who made the trip, five placed in the top six.
Leading all Baker grapplers was junior Andrew Hurla (157, Edwardsville, Kan.). Hurla (pictured) became the 11th Wildcat to qualify for the NAIA National Championships this season by reaching the finals of the York Open. He claimed runner-up honors after dropping a 4-3 decision to Brandon Perkins of Missouri Valley College.
1.19.10 | Wrestling
Undefeated Wildcats down Bacone, improve to 4-0
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team kept its perfect dual record intact Tuesday evening as the Wildcats downed Bacone College 28-13, at the George F. Collins Center in Baldwin City, Kan.
Freshman Brandon Gebhardt (pictured) led the way for the Wildcats posting a 11-0 victory over Nate Lemings.