1.6.10 | Wrestling
Looking forward to 2010
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - 2009 marked the beginning of a new era at Baker University with the addition of men’s wrestling. The Wildcat wrestling program hit the ground running with 35 new student-athletes from around the country. Now, 2010 will begin the culmination of the Baker wrestling program’s inaugural season.
Off to an undefeated 2-0 start in dual competition, head coach Jimmy May (pictured) and the Wildcats are preparing for the second half of their first season with a very busy January and February before heading to the NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City in March.
12.8.09 | Wrestling
Baker wrestling receives two votes in NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Notre Dame College (Ohio) remained at No. 1 in the second edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, the NAIA announced Tuesday. The Falcons earned 101 points with 10 wrestlers listed among the top-12 individuals in their respective weight class. California Baptist moves to No. 2 with 85.5 points and are followed by No. 3 Missouri Valley with 84 points, No. 4 Great Falls (Mont.) with 82.5 points and Southern Oregon at No. 5 with 78 points.
Baker moved up in this week’s poll to No. 25 in the nation with 2 votes nationally. Junior Clarence Jordan (Waterloo, Iowa) was listed among the top-12 individuals in his respective weight class of 174 pounds. Jordan currently sits at No. 10.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the groupings. The next poll will be announced on Dec. 22.
11.23.09 | Wrestling
Nowak finishes 2nd at Mizzou Open
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Freshman Jacob Nowak (pictured, 184 pounds, Overland Park, Kan.) finished second at the University of Missouri Open on Sunday. Nowak fell to Campbellsville University's Spenser Adams 5-3 in the finals. Adams is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the NAIA.
Twenty-two wrestlers from Baker competed in the Mizzou Open, which consisted of two divisions: freshman/sophomore and open. All but three Baker wrestlers competed in the freshman/sophomore division.
11.17.09 | Wrestling
Baker improves to 2-0 in duals
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker University wrestling team advanced its dual meet record to a 2-0 after a 37-6 victory over fellow first-year program, Concordia University from Seward, Neb.
Freshman Alan Callahan got the Wildcats started at 125 pounds in front of his hometown with an exciting 15-2 major decision over Concordia's Logan Shanks. Robb Waters, freshman from Kansas City, Mo., followed Callahan with his own 13-2 major decision over Brady Chancellor. The Bulldogs got on the board at 141 pounds with Alex Rostvet claiming a 6-1 decision over Baker's Kalem Bennett.
11.16.09 | Wrestling
Wrestling to face Concordia University Tuesday evening at Collins Center
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The wrestling team will host its first dual meet on Baker's campus Tuesday evening. The match begins at 7 p.m., in the George F. Collins Center.
Concordia University, a first-year program, has participated in two tournaments this year. Both Baker and Concordia participated in the Dakota Wesleyan Tournament.
The Wildcats are 1-0 in duals after defeating York College in the school's first competition on Nov. 6. This will be Concordia's first dual of the season.
11.16.09 | Wrestling
Baker qualifies two more wrestlers for NAIA Nationals
MITCHELL, S.D. - The Baker wrestlers competed on the road for the first time this season at the Dakota Wesleyan University Open in Mitchell, SD, on Saturday.
Twenty-six Baker University wrestlers competed in the open tournament. In attendance were NAIA schools Concordia University, Briar Cliff University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Dana College, Dickinson State University, Hastings College, Jamestown College, Northwestern College, Morningside College, University of Sioux Falls, University of Regina, William Penn University and York College. Also in attendance were Division II Augustana College and Northern State University as well as Minnesota West Community College and Ridgewater Community College.
11.8.09 | Wrestling
Dan Harris Wildcat Open highlights weekend activities
Baldwin City — Following the University’s first dual meet in the school's 152-year history on Saturday night and a win over York College, the Baker wrestling program was host to the inaugural Dan Harris Wildcat Open tournament at the Collins Center on Sunday.
The Wildcats had a stellar performance in the tournament, finishing the day with nine top-six placers. Joe Pace, a freshman from Platte City, Mo., placed second at 174 pounds to lead Baker. He dropped a 5-3 decision to Missouri Valley's Alex McKinney, an NAIA national runner-up in 2009.
Named after retired Baker University Athletic Director Dan Harris (pictured), the Wildcat Open was host to 14 colleges and universities from around the region, including Missouri Valley, Hastings (Neb.) College, York (Neb.) College, Pratt (Kan.) Community College, Colby (Kan.) Community College, Fort Hays (Kan.) State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Texas-Arlington, Northwest Missouri State University, Dana (Neb.) College and Neosho County (Kan.) Community College. More than 160 wrestlers participated in the tournament. Harris and his family were recognized at the event for bring wrestling to Baker.