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Freeport's Baker signs with George Mason

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Freeport's Markel Baker signs with George Mason

The Freeport senior will wrestle at the NCAA DI level.

FREEPORT (WREX) — Freeport senior wrestler Markel Baker signed his National Letter of Intent with George Mason, fulfilling a dream he's had since he was a kid.

"This is something I was looking forward to when I was young," Baker said. "When I was a little kid I always wanted to go to college, especially to a D1, to a college that I really liked."

He earned a full ride scholarship to George Mason in Fairfax, Va., thanks to a lot of hard work both on the mat and in the classroom.

"I worked so hard every offseason and in season," he said. "It's just working hard, grinding it out with my teammates. I have the best teammates that will push me to the next level."

Baker hopes to compete for a state championship this season before heading off to compete at the next level.

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