The Baker wrestling team rebounded from a tough loss to Nyssa on Wednesday to down Grant Union and Mac-Hi in a three-way meet Thursday on the Baker mats.

The Bulldogs topped Grant Union 48-27, and Mac-Hi 56-18.

“We wrestled pretty well,” Baker coach Brandon Young said. “We got a little wake up call (at Nyssa). We probably should have won that. Those are the hard ones.”

Nyssa won the Wednesday dual 40-33.

Thursday also marked the new Baker girls team’s first home dual, against Grant Union. The Prospectors won 42-15.

Young said the Baker girls are “doing really well.”

He believes around half of the wrestlers on the girls team have a good chance of qualifying for the state tournament.

Baker winners Thursday included Kaci Anderson, who pinned Grant Union’s Kyllie Holden, and Bailey Cole, who defeated Abby Lusco, 9-7.

Cole also beat Fallen Bollman of Grant Union in an exhibition match.

Baker winners in the Grant Union dual:

• Jordan Cooper, 120 pounds, defeated Dylan Clark, 4-1

• Gavin Stone, 126 pounds, pinned Eli Sheedy

• Johnny Niehaus, 132 pounds, pinned Ben Henry

• Jake Eskew, 145 pounds, pinned Jack Strong.

• Ian Feldmeier, 152 pounds, defeated Justin Hodge, 6-2

• Gauge Bloomer, 170 pounds, pinned Quinten Hallgarth

• MaHonri Rushton, 182 pounds, pinned Russell Hodge

• Colt Cobb, 195 pounds, pinned Tucker Carpenter

Baker winners against Mac-Hi:

• Stone, 126 pounds, technical fall over Layne Ensey

• Niehaus, 132 pounds, pinned Brandon Wood

• Casey Vaughn, 138 pounds, defeated Roy Humbert, 6-2

• Eskew, 145 pounds, pinned Adrian Pineda.

• Feldmeier, 152 pounds, pinned Isiah Casillas-Breeding

• Hunter Lind, 160 pounds, pinned Mason Smith

Baker winners against Nyssa:

• Caleb Shaw, 120 pounds, defeated Ethan Houston, 8-2.

• Hunter Lind, 160 pounds, pinned Santiago Miranda

Baker won four matches by forfeit.

Young said he believes Baker is one of the top three or four teams in the Class 4A ranks, with the potential to have six or seven individual champions at the district meet in February.

Baker finished fourth in the state tournament last year, the best result ever for the Bulldogs.

“I think we’re probably a better tournament team than a dual team,” Young said.

He believes Baker’s varsity schedule is one of the toughest in Class 4A, and will prepare the Bulldogs for the rigors of the district and state meets.

The Bulldogs traveled to Grant Union today for the Grant Union Invite.

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