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