2.1.12 | Wrestling
No. 10 Baker battles, but falls to No. 5 Oklahoma City, 18-15
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team nearly pulled off its second biggest upset of the season Wednesday evening, but it wasn’t meant to be as Oklahoma City pulled away in the mid-matches to take an 18-15 victory.
AJ Gassman put the Wildcats on the board first in the 133-pound match with a 8-3 decision over Alvie Killingsworth. Phil Henes added a 6-0 victory in the 141-pound match and third-ranked Jarell Price rolled to a 6-0 victory in the 149-pound match.
1.30.12 | Wrestling
Gebhardt named HAAC Wrestler of the Week
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Junior Brandon Gebhardt of Baker capped off an award-winning weekend by being selected the Heart of America Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week on Monday afternoon.
Gebhardt was an integral part of a history-making weekend for the Wildcats, who captured their first-ever Kansas Cup in just the third year of the program’s existence. A heavyweight competitor from Sparks, Nev., Gebhardt won all threeof his matches en route to being chosen the Most Oustanding Wrestler of the tournament.
1.30.12 | Wrestling
Wildcats ink Olathe football and wrestling standout Connor Middleton
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Just one day after winning its first-ever Kansas Cup, the Baker University wrestling team announced the signing of Olathe Northwest High School standout Connor Middleton.
Middleton, a 5’9 dual athlete in football and wrestling has a well-decorated high school career and looks to continue to pursue two sports while attending college.
1.29.12 | Wrestling
Baker University captures first-ever Kansas Cup
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In just its third year of existence as a program, the Baker University wrestling team has been crowned the champ in the state of Kansas.
Junior Brandon Gebhardt (Sparks, Nev.) was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler after recording three victories, with the most notable victory coming in the finals over NCAA DII Fort Hays State standout Justin Glenn.
Senior Jarell Price (Las Vegas, Nev.) entered Sunday ranked No. 3 in the NAIA at 149 pounds, and didn’t disappoint as he was crowned a champion in the 149 pound weight class after knocking off Kane Lavvorn of Colby Community College with a fall at 4:21 in the finals.
1.17.12 | Wrestling
Newport, Owen and Gebhardt lead Wildcats at Viking/Warrior Open
FREEMONT, Neb. – The Baker University wrestlers continue to pace themselves for a run at the 2012 NAIA Wrestling National Championships. This past weekend the Wildcats traveled to the Viking/Warrior Open in Freemont, Neb., and had three Wildcats finish at the top of their respective weight classes.
Freshman Bo Newport battled through the day with a 7-1 decision in his final match, notching a title in the 125 pound weight class. Junior Parker Owen finished the day 4-0 and was a champion in the 174 pound weight class. Junior Brandon Gebhardt highlighted the day though, recording four first period pins on his way to the 285 pound title.
1.11.12 | Wrestling
Baker wrestling team gains experience at Cliff-Keen National Duals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The tenth ranked Baker University wrestling team traveled to Springfield, Ill., last weekend to compete in the prestigious NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals, where the Wildcats saw top-ranked teams from the NCAA DII, NCAA DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA.
Baker opened up the competition against No. 7 Midland University, winning six out of ten matches. Phillip Henes (141 pounds), Jarell Price (149 pounds), Nathan Sommer (157 pounds), Parker Owen (174 pounds), Jocob Nowak (197 pounds), and heavyweight Dylan Berg all recorded victories. Berg’s 3-1 overtime victory over top-ranked Leviticus Roberson highlighted the match. Unfortunately, the Wildcats fell just short and dropped the opening dual 19-18.
12.8.11 | Wrestling
Baker wrestling climbs to highest-ever ranking in Top 20 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In just their third season of existence, the Baker University wrestling team has cracked the NAIA Top 10 rankings. Baker moved up four spots after being ranked No. 14 in the previous NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll. The Wildcats jumped No. 11 Missouri Valley College and No. 12 Missouri Baptist.
Baker also boasts four individually ranked wrestlers. 125-pound freshman Bo Newport currently sits at No. 6, senior Jarell Price moved up to No. 2 in the 149-pound weight class, junior Parker Owen is ranked No. 8 in the 174- pound weight class, and junior Dylan Berg climbed three spots up to No. 4 in the heavyweight division.
12.6.11 | Wrestling
Baker wrestlers make noise at Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Baker University wrestling team traveled to Maryville University (Mo.) this past weekend to compete in the Maryville-Kaufman Brand Open. Baker finished the tournament with seven top eight finishes in a tournament featuring NCAA DI, DII, NJCAA, and NAIA teams.
“We had a strong showing at this tournament,” said head coach Jimmy May. “Our kids worked hard and we were pleased with the number of Baker fans out there showing support. It’s great to see our athletes, coaches, and fans getting excited during these matches. Baker wrestling definitely made its presence known this weekend in St. Louis.”