Eight wrestlers place in Missouri Valley Invite

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The No. 12 Baker University wrestling team continued to steamroll through its schedule Saturday as eight Wildcats placed in the Missouri Valley College Invitational in Marshall, Mo.

Baker placed third of 16 teams, falling only behind NCAA Division II Maryville University and No. 6 Oklahoma City University.

Senior Brandon Gebhardt shined again for Baker by winning the heavyweight bracket. Gebhardt dominated the weightclass by pinning his first two opponents then defeating OCU’s Stanley Lattimore by an 8-3 decision to advance to the finals. He sealed the championship by winning on a 5-2 decision over Missouri Valley’s Daniel Mueller.

After dropping his first match, senior Alan Callahan, 125 pounds, came back to win his next two matches to put him in position to be a finalist. He fell again on a 6-3 decision sending him to the fifth-place match. Callahan bounced back, though, to win by a major decision.

Freshman Bo Pursel won his first two matches in the 133-pound weight class before dropping to Maryville’s Terrel McKinney. Pursel later advanced to the third-place match but lost by a 13-9 decision.

Junior Joel Olivas, 141 pounds, also placed fourth in his bracket by losing a 3-1 decision.

Sophomore Nick Haugen earned the Wildcats’ only third-place finish as he came through the 149-pound weight class to defeat Grand View University’s David Kellogg by fall at 10:45.

Freshman Connor Middleton, 157 pounds, lost his first match of the day by a 6-0 decision but fought his way through the rest of the bracket to find himself in the fifth-place match.

Senior Nathan Sommer also worked his way to a fifth-place finish in the 165-pound weight class by posting a 4-2 record on the day.

Senior Joe Pace rounded out the Wildcats who placed by making it to the fifth-place match at 174 pounds but falling by a 7-4 decision.

Baker will wrestle again at the Kansas Cup Invitational Saturday in Wichita.