Baker wrestling kicks off weekend against top-ranked Hawkeyes
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Baker head wrestling coach Jimmy May emphasized pride, honor and tradition with his team this past week in practice. The reason? The Baker University wrestling team, in just its third season of existence will face one of the top programs in the history of NCAA Division I sports on Friday afternoon: The Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Iowa City Wrestling Duals are one of the most elite competitions the young Wildcat wrestling team will participate in this season according to coach May.
“The University of Iowa wrestling program is one of the most successful athletic programs in NCAA Division I history,” said Baker head coach Jimmy May. “Sports Illustrated recently named the Iowa program one of the top sports dynasties of the 20th century. We’re honored to be a part of this event.”
The Hawkeyes have racked up 23 National Championships since 1975, second in NCAA Division I history. They also enter the match with a 77-match unbeaten streak and the top ranking in the Top 25 NWCA/USA Today Wrestling Coaches’ Poll.
Baker enters the contest with an 11-0 all-time dual record, while currently ranking No. 15 in the 2011 NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll.
“The bottom line is our guys are going to benefit in a positive way from these duals,” May added. “We’re a young team that is striving to get better each and every day. We’re honored and humbled to face a team with such a storied history.”
Baker will first face the University of Iowa at 3 p.m., before quickly turning around to face-off with Iowa Central Community College at 5 p.m. Baker will close out the evening with a 7 p.m. showdown with Cornell College. All events will take place in Hawkeye Carver Arena.
Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Live audio and video access of the duals can be viewed at: http://www.hawkeyesports.com/allaccess/?media=283314
Baker’s next marquee dual invitational will be held Jan. 7-8 when the team travels to the NWCA-Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill.