• Fred Main/News Highland senior Zack Baker, left, competes during the OHSAA Division II State Individual Wrestliing Championships in Columbus last week. Baker was named All-Area Wrestler of the Year by sports writers of the Mount Vernon News.
  • Fred Main/News Highland’s Zach Baker, left, gets congratulations from coach Adam Gilmore after placing fifth in the state in Division II wrestling on Saturday in Columbus.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Highland’s Zach Baker, bottom, gets control during a first-round match Thursday at the OHSAA State Individual Wrestling Championships in Columbus.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Highland senior Zach Baker, right, grapples with head coach Adam Gilmore during a recent practice. Baker, a senior, returns to the state wrestling championships today in hopes of a spot on the podium.
  • Bill Davis/News Highland’s Zach Baker, top, pins Newark Catholic’s Liam Kirkpatrick in the 285-pound semifinal of Saturday’s Jeremy Ammons Classic at Highland High School.
  • Bill Davis/News Highland senior Zach Baker, shown during a game this season against East Knox, was named All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Mount Vernon News.

MOUNT VERNON — Zach Baker was determined to finish his high school wrestling career on the biggest stage.

Mission accomplished.

Baker, a Highland senior, came in fifth in the Division II 220-pound weight class at the OHSAA State Individual Wrestling Championships in Columbus this past weekend. The accomplishment was enough for him to be named this season’s All-Area Wrestler of the Year by the Mount Vernon News.

Baker completed his senior season with a record of 54-6, with two of those losses coming at state. He ran through sectionals and districts unscathed, compiling an 8-0 record in the process. In his final two seasons, Baker compiled 100 wins and just 13 losses, reaching state both times. Over his high school career, Baker won 167 matches and reached districts all four years.

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