Sunday, March 6, 2016

Colby Crank and Victor Hughes win National Titles for Baker University

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Baker University wrestling team had a historic night on Saturday, as 157-pound wrestler Colby Crank and 149-pound wrestler Victor Hughes each captured national championships in their respective brackets of the 2016 NAIA National Championship inside the Kansas Expocentre.

No. 4 ranked Crank took on No. 2 ranked Grant Henderson of Grand View in the national championship match and 4-3 decision.

No. 9 ranked Hughes faced off against No. 3 rated Tyler Cowger of Southern Oregon in the national finals and defeated Cowger by a 4-3 decision.

For the first time in program history Baker had two wrestlers advance all the way to the national finals.

The last Wildcat to advance to the finals was 133-pound Bryce Shoemaker who won the NAIA National Championship in 2014. Crank, Hughes and Shoemaker are the only Wildcats to win a wrestling national title in program history.

With their appearances in the national finals, Crank became a four-time NAIA All-American, while Hughes became a two-time All-American.

Senior Connor Middleton advanced all the way to the fifth-place bout of the 165-pound bracket and defeated No. 6 ranked Sean Black of Campbellville, 3-2, in that fifth-place match, earning him his first All-America honor.

141-pound Tyler Dickman and 197-pound Kyler Atwood also competed for Baker on day one. 

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