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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


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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....

Wrestling lands three All-Americans

Wrestling lands three All-Americans

Story by Levi Blaylock, Writer

March 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Five Baker wrestlers competed at the 58th Annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships inside the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Three of the five walked away with NAIA All-American honors. For freshman Mike Andreano, it was his first time appearing at nationals. He did well, as many of the younger...

Shoemaker, wrestlers prepare for nationals

Story by Levi Blaylock, Writer

March 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Baker is sending five wrestlers to nationals in Topeka on Friday and Saturday. This marks the second consecutive year Baker has had five wrestlers qualify for nationals after the NAIA Central National Qualifier. Despite being the defending 133-pound NAIA national champion, sophomore Bryce Shoemaker...

Wrestling dominates Pratt CC Dual

Wrestling dominates Pratt CC Dual

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

January 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

The No. 15 Baker University wrestling team hosted its Senior Night on Tuesday against the Pratt Community College Beavers in the Collins Center. The Wildcats won 33-13 and maintain a strong grip of the No.15 ranking. Baker won seven of the nine matches against Pratt. The Wildcats won two by forfeit...

Wrestling moves to No. 17

Wrestling moves to No. 17

Story by Hayley Morrical, Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

The Baker wrestling squad proved itself three times in one week. After beginning the season ranked No. 16 nationally, the team fell against big name programs, such as the University of Oklahoma, but is now pinning down both individual and team wins. On Nov. 12, the wrestlers returned from Holton with...

Wrestlers open new season

Wrestlers open new season

Story by Hayley Morrical, Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Baker wrestlers had a busy schedule to start their season. Ranked No. 16 nationally in the NAIA, the team experienced difficult matchups in a quad hosted by the University of Oklahoma followed by a dual win over Bacone University and then the Dan Harris Open. In Oklahoma, the team struggled, losing...

2014-15 Wrestling Preview

2014-15 Wrestling Preview

Story by Hayley Morrical

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

During the 2013-14 season, freshman Bryce Shoemaker was the first Baker wrestler to win an individual national championship. The 'Cats ended that season ranked 16th nationally and will start this winter ranked in the same spot. The team hopes to build on last season's success. Coaches have stuck to...

Shoemaker wins national title

Shoemaker wins national title

Story by Lauren Bechard

March 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Wrestling

Freshman Bryce Shoemaker became the first NAIA wrestling national champion in Baker University history on Saturday in Topeka at the Kansas Expocentre. The Baldwin City native climbed his way to the top of the 133-pound weight bracket, where he took down the No. 1 seed Justin Brooks for the championship....