Lovvorn Wins Third Consecutive National Title as Wildcats Tie Highest Finish in Team History
Men’s Wrestling – Tue, Mar. 10, 2020 at 3:10 PM
WICHITA, Kan. – Completing a feat that has never been done at Baker University, senior Lucas Lovvorn won his third-consecutive NAIA National Championship on Saturday, while the Baker wrestling team tied their highest finish at the National Championships in team history.
Along with winning his third straight NAIA National Championship, Lovvorn was also named an NAIA All-American for the third consecutive year and also won his second straight NAIA Wrestler of the Year award after going undefeated in the last two seasons.
With five wins on the weekend, Lucas Lovvorn finished the season with a 41-0 record. In his time at Baker, Lovvorn has a record of 114-4, and finishes his career with a 107 match winning streak.
The Baker wrestling team was able to have five wrestlers reach the final day and were awarded All-American honors, marking a program best in a single season, and also marking the 10th consecutive season that Baker wrestling has had at least one NAIA All-American. The five All-Americans include, Lovvorn, Emmanuel Browne, Isaiah Luellen, David Dow and Jacob Smith.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Browne lost in a tough 4-3 decision to Isaac Crowell of Southeastern sending him to the consolation bracket. Browne then took control and won four straight matches in the consolation bracket, earning a spot in the third place match. Browne then got a big 5-4 decision win over Jacob Mendoza to take third place and earn his highest finish throughout his career at the NAIA National Championships.
At 165 pounds, Luellen won his first two matches, but after a loss in the quarterfinals, found himself in the fourth round of the consolation bracket. Just like Browne, Luellen got on a roll and won his next three matches to earn a spot in the third place match. Luellen then lost a tough 9-3 decision, earning a fourth place finish in the tournament.
David Dow put on a strong showing in his senior season, winning his first three matches to earn a spot in the semifinals. After losing in the semifinals and the consolation semifinals, Dow got a big 8-4 decision in the fifth place match to finish fifth in his final NAIA National Championship.
Jacob Smith was the final NAIA All-American in 2020, finishing seventh in the 184-pound weight class. After a tight 2-1 win in his first match, Smith lost in the quarterfinals to send him to the consolation bracet. After a 5-2 decision over David Richardson of Campbellsville, Smith was pinned in his next match which sent him to the seventh place match. Smith would go on to win the match by an 8-5 decision, finishing his career with a seventh place finish at the National Championships.
Baugh started the weekend with a loss in the first round at 133 pounds, but after a bye, go a strong 3-2 win to advance to round three of the consolation bracket. Baugh ended up losing his next match by a 5-1 decision to end his season and earn one point for the Wildcats.
At 141 pounds, received a bye in the first round, but lost his next two matches by decisions to end a strong season in which he posted an overall record of 22-12.
Rounding out the national qualifiers for the Wildcats was Colby Johnson. Johnson lost by a close 4-3 decision in the first round, but won his next three matches before falling to Derrick Smallwood by another close 7-6 decision to just miss making it to the final day.
As a team, the Wildcats finished in sixth place at the 2020 NAIA National Championships, collecting 75 points, which marks the highest point total in Baker University wrestling history.
Published at Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:10:00 +0000
Tennis – Tue, Mar. 10, 2020 at 2:25 PM
SEWARD, NE – Baker tennis traveled to Concordia University on Friday afternoon, both teams were defeated as the men’s team fell, 5-2, and the women’s team, 4-3.
Starting with men’s doubles, Alejandro Hernandez and Carson Fitzgerald defeated their opponents but Concordia would go on to win the doubles point as they defeated Baker in the next two games. In singles play, Hernandez would win his match, 6-4, 6-3 and Fitzgerald would earn the only other point for the Wildcats as he defeated his opponent, 6-2, 7-5 as men’s tennis falls, 5-2, to Concordia.
“The Men have been battling some tough opponents this season and our confidence isn’t quite where it is should be, but they are competing hard to put themselves in opportunities to win.” said head coach Michael Trujillo.
On the women’s side, Kayelee Smith and Cortlyn Wolfe would start out doubles matches with a victory, 6-2 and then Josephine Moore and Patricia Moore would earn a victory, 6-2, to take the doubles point. In singles play, Kayelee Smith defeated her opponent, 6-4, 6-0. Then Cortlyn Wolfe would earn a victory defeating her opponent, 7-6(4), 6-3. After dropping the next two singles matches, Baker defaulted in the final two games to fall to Concordia, 4-3.
Coach Trujillio commented, “I could not be more proud of the Women’s team right now. We are competing with only 4 players and they are continuing to compete hard to put themselves in positions to win week after week. Each one of them understands circumstances that are stacked against them every match and they all are stepping up big.”
“Even though we did not come out of these matches with team wins, I was very pleased with how we played and more importantly, how we competed.”, coach Trujillo said after the matches, “We are going to continue to work hard to get to where we want to be as a team. I think that we are putting ourselves in good places to play some really good tennis throughout the season.”
The Baker men’s tennis team will be back in action March 13th as they take on Kansas Wesleyan at Laury Tennis Court at 3:30 p.m. While the women’s team resumes play March 27th as both Baker tennis teams with host Grand View at 3:00 p.m.
Published at Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:25:00 +0000