Baxter stays undefeated, humble (Wrestling)

January 26, 2012

Saint John’s University wrestler Dustin Baxter of Fairbanks has won 19 straight matches and is ranked No. 2 in the country, but you’d never know it.

He is as gracious as he is good.

“I would say humility is one of my greatest strengths,” Baxter told me.

The senior standout is a two-time D3 All-American and owner of one of the longest winning streaks in Saint John’s history, a result of sweat and sacrifice.

“I wouldn’t say I’m doing anything out of the ordinary compared to other guys on the team,” he said. “I’ve got great teammates. They push me, I push them. My assistant coach, Tony, he is always pushing me and helping me achieve.”

Baxter, of West Valley fame, faces a tough test this weekend as No. 8 Saint John’s competes against No. 2 Augsburg and No. 18 Concordia-Moorhead.

“My confidence is high. No reason it won’t keep rolling the way it is,” he said. “I’ve got quite the task ahead of me and that’s where my focus is.”

Last year, Baxter rocked a Mohawk, a sneak peek into his wild side.

“Looking back at the pictures I’m not sure that was the best hairstyle that I could have chosen,” he said.

Then again, he is considering a professional MMA career after college, so he’s got a little crazy in him.