State Champion Raiders Place Fifth at National Preps
State Champion Raiders Place Fifth at National Preps

The Baylor wrestling team, recently crowned duals and traditional state champions, placed fifth at the 84th National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. this weekend. The Raiders were represented by the six individual state champion wrestlers and one state runner-up from last Saturday's state tournament.

The tournament champions were Blair Academy (N.J.), Wyoming Seminary (Penn.) was second, Mount Saint Joseph (Md.) finished third, and Malvern Prep (Penn.) was fourth. For a list of all team scores and standings, visit nationalprepwrestling.org.

Senior Mason Reiniche, a national runner-up at 160 pounds last year, was the only finalist among Baylor wrestlers, finishing runner-up in the 170-pound weight class, losing 5-3 to Julian Ramirez of Blair in the championship bout. Freshman Garrison Dendy placed third at 132 pounds, senior Andrew Pace, sixth last year at 138, improved to fourth at 145 pounds, junior Noah Horst placed fourth in the 126-pound division, freshman Jackson Bond was sixth at 106 pounds, junior Connor Duffy finished sixth at 182 pounds, and freshman 195-pounder David Harper was seventh.

To see all the tournament rankings, visit nationalprepwrestling.org.

Baylor has had ten National Prep champions - Charley Moore '62 (1962), Mo Trail '62 (1962), Chip Healy '65 (1964, 1965), Lane Headrick '66 (1965), John Hannah '69 (1967), Alex Roberts '67 (1967), Rob Healy '69 (1968, 1969), Randy Weinberg '70 (1969), Albert Wilson '70 (1970), Khamari Whimper '17 (2017). Raider wrestlers were not allowed to compete in the National Prep from the 1970's until 2015, due to TSSAA rules.

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