A new season for the Baker wrestling team also brings a new head coach. Cody Garcia signed on to become Baker’s new coach.
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.
Five Baker wrestlers competed at the 58th Annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships inside the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Three of the five wrestlers walked away with NAIA All-American honors.
Baker is sending five wrestlers to nationals in Topeka on March 6-7. This marks the second consecutive year Baker has had five wrestlers qualify for nationals after the NAIA Central National Qualifier.
Former Baker wrestling head coach Jimmy May will be inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association High School Hall of Fame on Feb. 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. May will enter the Hall of Fame with Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux.
The No. 15 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.
The Baker wrestling squad proved itself three times in one week. After beginning the season ranked number 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.
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.
The Baker Orange preview of the 2014-15 wrestling season.
Each year, the Baker Orange sports staff votes on two players, coaches, teams and newcomers of the year who the staff believes are the "Best of the Best."
Dan Harris Open
Baldwin City 9 a.m.
St. Louis, Missouri 9 a.m.
UNK Holiday Inn Open
Kearney, Nebraska 9 a.m.
FHSU Bob Smith Open
Hays 9 a.m.
Atchison 9 a.m.
NWCA National Duals
Fort Wayne, Indiana 9 a.m.
Missouri Valley Dual
Baldwin City 7 p.m.
Missouri Valley Invite
Marshall, Missouri TBA
Baldwin City 10 a.m.
Ottawa 9 a.m.
NAIA National Qualifier
NAIA National Championships