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Baker wrestling qualifies four for nationals

Baker wrestling qualifies four for nationals

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Four Wildcats will compete in the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championship after qualifying on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Among the Wildcats who qualified was defending NAIA national champion Victor Hughes in the 149-pound weight class. Hughes now has a chance to become the first athlete in the...

Wrestling team goes 2-1 in Heart Championships

Wrestling team goes 2-1 in Heart Championships

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

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...

Wrestling team defeats No. 8 Missouri Valley in home dual

Wrestling team defeats No. 8 Missouri Valley in home dual

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

The Baker wrestling team was able to take a 22-18 home victory against the No. 8 Missouri Valley Vikings on Jan. 16 inside the Collins Center. The Wildcats won six out of the 10 matches of the evening. The Wildcats were able to hold on to the victory even after having to forfeit a match in the final...

Five wrestlers place in Maryville Kaufman/Brand Open

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

The No. 15 Baker wrestling team had five Wildcats place in the Maryville Kaufman/Brand Open Saturday, which featured two NCAA Division I schools in the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois. Sophomore Zane Baugh fared best of the Wildcats, finishing second in the 125-pound weight class....

Wrestling team hosts Dan Harris Open

Wrestling team hosts Dan Harris Open

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

November 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Eight Wildcats placed in the top four of their weight classes for the No. 15 Baker wrestling team Sunday at the Dan Harris Open. Tyler Dickman, Victor Hughes and Dane Edwards each won their brackets in the 133, 149 and 157-pound weight classes, respectively. The defending national champion Hughes...

2016-17 wrestling preview

2016-17 wrestling preview

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

November 2, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

In his first year as Baker's head wrestling coach, Cody Garcia and his team recorded the greatest season in the program's history with two NAIA national champions, Victor Hughes and Colby Crank. Hughes and Crank are Baker’s second and third wrestling national champs. The team took sixth place...

Wrestling reception honors national champions

Wrestling reception honors national champions

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

April 26, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Two Baker wrestlers win national titles. Baker University wrestlers and their supporters gathered on Tuesday at the Collins House to celebrate two national champions: Colby Crank and Victor Hughes. President Dr. Lynne Murray, her husband Jeff Murray and Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar attended t...

Two Baker wrestlers win national titles

Two Baker wrestlers win national titles

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

March 6, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

For the first time in program history, Baker wrestling ended the NAIA National Championships with three All-Americans and two national champions. Both 157-pound senior Colby Crank and 149-pound junior Victor Hughes won their respective weight divisions during the national competition March 4-5 at the...

Five wrestlers headed to NAIA championships

Five wrestlers headed to NAIA championships

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

The No. 19 Baker wrestling team will send five wrestlers to compete at the NAIA national championships this weekend at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. This will be the team’s first trip to nationals under head coach Cody Garcia. Seniors Colby Crank (157 pounds) and Connor Middleton (165 pounds),...

Atwood, seniors shine in home dual

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

February 2, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Junior Kyler Atwood came into a senior night dual with Ottawa University as just an extra body in case he was needed. With a Baker victory already decided, he took on Romiro Gatica in the 285-pound class and delivered the match of the night in Baker's 31-12 team win over the Braves on Tuesday. “I...

Wrestling starts season with new head coach

Wrestling starts season with new head coach

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

November 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

A new season for the Baker wrestling team also brings a new head coach. Cody Garcia signed on to become Baker’s new coach following the departure of Pete DiPol. Garcia comes from a coaching position at Bethany College, which has had immense success in the last decade. He wants to take the culture...

Cody Garcia takes over as head wrestling coach

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

July 6, 2015


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

The sixth season of wrestling at Baker University will feature the program’s third head coach. Coy Garcia, formerly the head coach at Bethany College, will take over for Pete Di Pol. This will be Garcia’s second season as a head coach after taking over the head job at Bethany for the 2014-15 season....