Wrestling team goes 2-1 in Heart Championships


Sopohmore Zane Baugh grabs Grand View opponent Joel Timmons. Baugh won over Timmons in an 8-6 decision. Image by Shelby Stephens.

The Baker wrestling team went 2-1 as the host of the 2017 Heart Championship inside the Collins Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Grand View Vikings captured first place as they went 3-0 in dual matches.

Baker first faced William Penn, defeating the Statesmen 39-12. The Wildcats won seven of their 10 matches against William Penn. At 165 pounds, Joshua Thomas won against Jeremy Walkters in a close 19-18 decision.

Colby Watters, Juan Rivera, Victor Hughes, Jon Blackwell and David Dow all defeated their William Penn opponents with falls. Blackwell had the quickest fall, defeating William Penn’s Logan Loftus in 1:12.

The Wildcats then lost to No. 1 ranked Grand View, 43-6. Zane Baugh and Blackwell were the only Wildcats to win against the Vikings.

Baker was able to finish the day with a 33-21 win against Graceland. At 125 pounds, Baugh won over Kruz Adamson with a technical fall in 6:32 and a 16-0 decision.

Two other Wildcats earned match wins with technical falls. At 174 pounds Nick Moore won over Matthew Victor with a technical fall in 7:00 and a 16-1 decision. At 197 pounds Dow won over Ryan Paige in a technical fall in 5:30 and an 18-1 decision.

At 149 pounds, Hughes won over Trey Heckadon with a fall in 4:48, and at 184 pounds, Conner Watanabe won over Zach Kraus with a fall in 2:55. Josh Thomas won over Coulter Allen with a fall in 1:22, winning both his matches for the day.

The Wildcats will wrestle at Ottawa University at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7.