The Baker Orange

Men’s Wrestling sweeps rival Benedictine

Senior and reigning NAIA Nation Champion Lucas Lovvorn controlling his opponent in the 174 pound class. Lovvorn added to Baker's clean sheet by tech-fall.

Story by Jeremiah Edwards, Staff Writer

February 2, 2020

After a tough loss last week at the hands of Missouri Valley in Canton, Mo. the No. 6 ranked Baker Wildcats dominated the Benedictine Ravens to get back on the winning track inside Collins Center on Fri. Jan. 31. It was pure domination from the very start as Emmanuel Brown started the night off i...

Wrestling dominates at Dan Harris Open

Senior and two time National Champion Lucas Lovvorn finds first place in the 174-pound weight class. The Wildcats travel to the Bethany Open to compete on Nov. 16.

Story by Justin Toumberlin and Makenzie Musgrove

November 12, 2019

After putting in a lot of hard work throughout the off season, the Baker University Wildcat wrestling team opened up their season at the Dan Harris Open held at Baker University in the Collins Center. The Wildcats went into the meet ranked no. 8 in the nation and lived up to expectations as they had...

Lovvorn becomes Baker’s first back-to-back wrestling national champion

Junior Lucas Lovvorn matches up against Missouri Valley’s Dalton Tipton in the 174-pound class at Missouri Valley Dual on Jan. 25. Lovvorn remained undefeated the whole season and became national champion.

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

March 19, 2019

Junior Lucas Lovvorn won, for the second year in a row, the NAIA wrestling national championship on March 3. Lovvorn is Baker’s first ever two-time national champion and first undefeated wrestler, with a 38-0 record. Lovvorn was named NWCA NAIA wrestler of the year. The 174-pound championship match ...

New sports introduced to program

New sports introduced to program

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

September 24, 2018

Baker University added women’s wrestling and men’s bowling programs this fall semester. Athletic Director Nate Houser says that the athletic department chose to add the sports of men’s bowling and women’s wrestling after looking at potential growth in order to make programs whole. As there i...

Lovvorn wins 174-pound national title

Sophomore Lucas Lovvorn took home the national championship in the 174-pound bracket after going a perfect 5-0 in the 2018 NAIA Wrestling National Tournament.

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

March 21, 2018

Sophomore Lucas Lovvorn became Baker’s fourth wrestling national champion as he took the 174-pound bracket at the 2018 NAIA Wrestling National Championships on March 3. Baker’s previous national champs include 133-pound Bryce Shoemaker in 2014, 149-pound Victor Hughes and 157-pound Colby Crank...

Five wrestlers qualify for nationals

Sophomore Lucas Lovvorn works for a pin in his matchup against Ottawa. Lovvorn took first in the 174-pound bracket at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship, earning him a spot at the national tournament.

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

February 19, 2018

Five Baker wrestlers qualified for the 2018 NAIA Wrestling National Championship as the Wildcats hosted the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday. Baker’s biggest win came in the 174-pound bracket championship match as sophomore Lucas Lovvorn defeated Grand View’s No. 1...

Wrestling defeats Ottawa on senior night

Tyler Dickman, a junior in the 141 pound weight class, scores a takedown as the Wildcats take on Ottawa for Senior night.

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

February 12, 2018

The No. 15 Baker University wrestling team won its last two duals before heading into the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships. To end the year, Baker defeated Drury University, an NCAA Division II program, on Dec. 31. Then in their first dual of 2018, the Wildcats took down Ottawa Univer...

Baker adds two sports

A men's bowling team and women's wrestling team will be added for the 2018-19 school year.

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

December 15, 2017

Baker University announced Thursday the addition of two new athletics programs to the Baldwin City campus. Women’s wrestling and men’s bowling will be the 21st and 22nd sports added to Baker in the fall of 2018. The last sports to be added to Baker were women’s bowling and men’s wrestling...

Wrestling goes 2-0 in Graceland and Benedictine duals

Baker's Colby Johnson takes on Benedictine's Austin Roper in the 149-pound match up. Baker defeated Benedictine with a score of 34-19.

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

December 7, 2017

The Baker University wrestling team earned two first-place victories in hosting both the Graceland Dual and Benedictine Dual inside the Collins Center this past week. The Wildcats first opened their season by defeating the Yellowjackets 24-20. Baker started the dual with three straight losses in the...

Baker wrestling qualifies four for nationals

Victor Hughes holds down Southern Oregon's Tyler Cowger in the 2016 NAIA national championship match. Hughes has qualified for another trip to the national tournament to defend his title. Image by Khadijah Lane.

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

February 20, 2017

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

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

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor

January 30, 2017

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...