Six members of the duals and traditional state champion Baylor wrestling team have been ranked in SEWrestle.com's top 15.
The wrestling program at Baylor is one of the most successful athletic programs in the state in any sport, with 25 team state championships and over 100 individual wrestlers winning state crowns.
Baylor fields wrestling teams at the Upper School varsity and junior varsity levels, as well as the Middle School level for grades 6-8. The varsity team competes in the TSSAA, Division II
Fast Facts on Baylor Wrestling
- Baylor was the traditional state champs in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2019 and the duals champs in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2019, and 2020.
- Baylor wrestlers have been TSSAA individual champions 111 times since 1971.
- Baylor wrestlers have won national championships 15 times.
- Jordan Leen '04 was a 2008 NCAA champion for Cornell University.
- Zach Watson '12 is Baylor's only 5-time state champ and one of only two 5-time champs in the state's history.
- Mason Reiniche ’19 is a 3-time state champion, 3-time National Prep runner-up, NHSCA national champion and 2-time NHSCA national runner-up, and a World Team member.
- Retired coach Jim Morgan was selected by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as the 2009-2010 National "Coach of the Year."
- Schaack Van Deusen was named nation's top assistant wrestling coach in 2001 by USA Wrestling magazine.
Since 1949, Baylor has had only four head wrestling coaches.
Baylor head wrestling coach Ben Nelson told team members Monday, March 9 that he is leaving Baylor and assistant coach Rex Kendle will take over the program.
The Baylor wrestling team is currently ranked 40th in the nation by InterMat Wrestling, the gold standard website for ranking wrestling teams in the U.S.
A memorial service for retired Baylor chemistry teacher and legendary wrestling coach Jim Morgan held in Baylor's Alumni Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Michael Murphy '16, now a sophomore at the University of Virginia, was the 149-pound champion at the Franklin and Marshall Open wrestling tournament.
Baylor juniors Mason Reiniche and Andrew Pace finished as runner-up and in sixth place respectively at the National Prep Wrestling Championships. Connor Duffy and Riley Westlake also competed at the national event.
Baylor junior Mason Reiniche, representing the United States, competed at the United World Wrestling Cadet Championships in Athens, Greece on September 5 and 6.