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.”
11.22.11 | Wrestling
Baker wrestlers kick-off grueling weekend against top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Baker head wrestling coach Jimmy May emphasized pride, honor and tradition with his team this past week in practice. The reason? The Baker University wrestling team, in just its third season of existence will face one of the top programs in the history of NCAA Division I sports on Friday afternoon: The Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Iowa City Wrestling Duals are one of the most elite competitions the young Wildcat wrestling team will participate in this season according to coach May.
11.15.11 | Wrestling
Four Baker champions crowned at Bethany Open
LINDSBORG, Kan. – Four wrestlers were crowned champions and 13 others placed this past weekend at the Bethany College Swede Open.
125-pound Bo Newport (pictured, Fontana, Kan.), 149-pounders Jarell Price (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Nick Haugen (Claremore, Okla.), 165-pound Jakob Price (Caney, Kan.), and heavyweight Dylan Berg (Las Vegas, Nev.) were all crowned champions in their respective weight classes.
“It was a good weekend for Baker Wrestling.” said assistant wrestling coach Levi Calhoun. “Our kids are wrestling well, but we need to stay focused and keep working hard to continue improving.”
11.6.11 | Wrestling
Parker Owen and Dylan Berg lead Baker wrestlers at 2011 Dan Harris Open
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Senior Dylan Berg (Las Vegas, Nev.) and junior Parker Owen (Carrollton, Texas) led all Baker wrestlers with first-place finishes at the 2011 Dan Harris Open.
184 pound Parker Owen opened with a victory over Cale Hintz of Concordia (Neb.), before moving on to defeat teammates Joseph Pace and Robert Shadrach to take the title.
Berg defeated heavyweights Tyler Smith of Bethany (Kan.), Taylor Poe of Wichita State University, John Close of Fort Hays State, Ivan Loya of Texas Arlington, and Dillon Heesch of Concordia (Neb.).
10.26.11 | Wrestling
No. 15 Wildcats to open season Nov. 6 with Dan Harris Classic
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA, opens its 2011-12 season on Nov. 6 when it hosts the third annual Dan Harris Open at the George F. Collins Convention Center.
On the heels of its second consecutive undefeated season, the Wildcats are looking to build on last year’s success at the NAIA National Championships when heavyweight Levi Calhoun and 145-pound Jarell Price earned the first NAIA All-America honors for the ’Cats, entering their year of wrestling.
10.20.11 | Wrestling
Wildcats ranked No. 14 in NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Preseason Top 20 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In only its third year in operation as a program, head wrestling coach Jimmy May has the Wildcats ranked 14th nationally heading into the 2011-12 campaign.
Four BU grapplers are currently ranked nationally in their respective weight classes. 133-pound Josh Haugen (Claremore, Okla.) currently sits at No. 8, 149-pound Jarell Price (Las Vegas, Nev.) No. 6, 157-pound Nathan Sommer (Parker, Kan.) No. 8, and heavyweight Brandon Gebhardt (Sparks, Nev.) No. 12.
“With our success last season, we have high hopes of having a few more guys become NAIA All-Americans this season,” said head wrestling coach Jimmy May. “We have a much tougher schedule, but I think it will payoff at the end of the year.”