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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lucas Lovvorn wins Baker University’s Fourth NAIA Wrestling National Championship

Press Release by Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications


BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University sophomore Lucas Lovvorn became the University’s fourth NAIA Wrestling National Champion on Saturday night, as he defeated Adrian Lyons-Lopez of Providence (Mont.), by a 6-2 decision in the 174-pound bracket. 



Lovvorn joins fellow Baker national champions Bryce Shoemaker who won the 133-pound national title in 2014, while Victor Hughes won the 149-pound national title in 2016 and Colby Crank won the 157-pound championship also in 2016.

Lovvorn entered the tournament as the number one seed and went a perfect 5-0 at the event, as he began the bracket with a pin of Joseph McAleavey of Bacone in 5:28.

Then continued with a 4-3 win over Brooks Climmons of Brewton-Parker (Ga.). Next up he defeated number nine, Chris Nile of Montana State-Northern, 8-2, before narrowly defeating number four Anthony Orozco of Menlo (Calif.), 3-2.

Baker earned two other All-Americans on Saturday, as David Dow became a two-time NAIA All-American with his fifth-place finish in the 197-pound bracket and Jacob Smith finished in sixth-place in the 184-pound bracket.

Dow defeated number seven Eric Fan of Eastern Oregon by a 9-4 decision to garner All-America, while Smith lost to number one Cameron Jones of Cumberlands (Ky.) by Fall in 1:22 to capture his All-America honor.

Dylan Pelland (125-pounds) and Colby Johnson (149-pounds) also competed for the Wildcats and Johnson was named Baker’s Champions of Character award winner.

Pelland went 1-2 on Friday, while Johnson posted a 1-2 record as well. Smith began the event a perfect 3-0, then finished with a 3-3 mark. Dow went 3-2 on Friday and Saturday.

As a team, Baker finished in twelfth place with 44.5 points. Grand View won its seventh-straight NAIA National Championship as a team and fellow Heart of America Athletic Conference team Missouri Valley placed sixth.

In just three short years as head coach at Baker, head coach Cody Garcia has now helped lead the program to three NAIA National Championships. 





Team Scores
1Grand View (Iowa) 171.5
2Cumberlands (Ky.) 107.0
3Williams Baptist (Ark.) 86.5
4Montana State-Northern 81.5
5Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 76.0
6Missouri Valley 70.0
7Indiana Tech 54.5
8Life (Ga.) 53.5
9Providence (Mont.) 47.0
10Menlo (Calif.) 45.5
11Campbellsvile (Ky.) 45.0
12Baker (Kan.) 44.5
12Southeastern (Fla.) 44.5
14Midland (Neb.) 40.0
15Hastings (Neb.) 32.5
16Southern Oregon 30.0
17York (Neb.) 23.0
18Doane (Neb.) 21.0
19Eastern Oregon 19.5
20Oklahoma City 19.0
21Dickinson State (n.d.) 18.5
22Concordia (Neb.) 18.0
22Reinhardt (Ga.) 18.0
24Northwestern (Iowa) 17.0
25Benedictine (Kan.) 16.0
26Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 15.5
26Kansas Wesleyan 15.5
28Simpson (Calif.) 13.5
29Marian (Ind.) 13.0
30Briar Cliff (Iowa) 9.0
31Morningside (Iowa) 8.0
32Missouri Baptist 7.5
33Lourdes (Ohio) 6.0
34Cumberland (Tenn.) 4.5
35Jamestown (n.d.) 4.0
35St. Andrews (n.c.) 4.0
37Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 3.5
38Bacone (Okla.) 3.0
38Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 3.0
38Calumet (Ind.) 3.0
41Bethany (Kan.) 2.0
41Lyon (Ark.) 2.0
41Waldorf (Iowa) 2.0
44Graceland (Iowa) 1.5
44Saint Mary (Kan.) 1.5
44Warner Pacific (Ore.) 1.5
47Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 1.0
47Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 1.0
49Allen (s.c.) 0.0
49Ottawa (Kan.) 0.0
49Wayland Baptist (Texas) 0.0
49William Penn (Iowa) 0.0
49Wvu Tech 0.0


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