Category Archives: Wrestling

Wrestling in Kansas: “As pure as any soul” – Oral histories and remembering Burlington coach Doug Vander Linden

Burlington coach Doug Vander Linden is a legendary figure in the Kansas wrestling community.

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Legendary Burlington head high school and middle school wrestling coach Doug Read Story

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“Potential to change the world” – looking at multiple coaching retirements, changes and hirings around the state: McPherson, Andale, Clay Center, Douglass, Russell, Otis-Bison, among others

McPherson coach Doug Kretzer speaks to girls’ wrestling before the unofficial state tournament in 2019. KSHSAA sanctioned the sport in 2020. Kretzer was among many coaching changes in the last few weeks (Photo: McPherson athletics)
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Wrestling in Kansas: Updated all-time Girls Wrestling wins, winning percentage leaders; plus top-non seniors/freshmen list

Lawrence Free State’s Madyson Gray completed her career 95-0 and is No. 1 all-time in Kansas in winning percentage.

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Travis Keal announces retirement, longtime coach who started Mill Valley program built it to a state power

Travis Keal (center) with his twin sons after the 2020 state championship.

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Following the conclusion of 2022 state tournament, Mill Valley head coach Travis Keal announced his retirement Read Story

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Labette Bank Southeast Kansas Athletes of the Month: Columbus wrestling earns first team plaque for Titan girls’ sports in 23 years

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The 4-1A girls’ wrestling tournament had a prohibitive favorite in Pratt and a likely runner-up in Hoisington. However, the third place finisher and final team trophy was expected to be a close Read Story

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Wrestling in Kansas: “The best wrestler in America – she has got a shot at that this year” – How Free State’s Madyson Gray went 95-0 and won four titles

Lawrence Free State’s Madyson Gray celebrates the 5-6A state championship. She went 95-0 and won four titles against girls in her career. (Photo submitted by Gray family).

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Wrestling in Kansas: “Loves wrestling more than anything” – Family ties yield success for West Elk, Hoxie, Norton, Ellis at Day 1

West Elk’s Creyo Koop is the lone undefeated 3-2-1A wrestler left after Friday’s semifinals. He looks to follow in his Dad’s footsteps.

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Sports in Kansas – 2022 Girls All-State Wrestling

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attention/parents athletes: Order your 2022 wrestling all-state patches, individual state qualifier patches & regional wrestling champion patches by emailing [email protected] and will send you an order form back Read Story

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Wrestling in Kansas: Dodge City and Hoxie already set girls’ wrestling history this week – now they look to do the same on the boys’ side

Hoxie junior Derek Johnson goes for his third straight state title. (Photo credit by Jacque Bretton)

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Hoxie coach Mike Porsch and Dodge City coach Tate Lowe spent the last two days coaching Read Story

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Rainbow Communication Athletes of the Month: Sabetha boys wrestling tie No. 1 Hoxie for most 3-2-1A state qualifiers

Sabetha boys’ wrestling qualified 10 for the 3-2-1A state tournament, tied with No. 1 Hoxie for the most.

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Sabetha, with one senior and one returning state placer, enjoyed one of the stronger Read Story

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Craw-Kan Southeast Kansas Team of the Week: Frontenac boys’ duo looks to win rare Raider state titles

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Frontenac wrestling has had one all-time state champion when Riley McDaniel captured the 138-pound title with a 38-0 record. McDaniel defeated Buhler’s Sam Elliott, then a freshman, in the state quarterfinals. Elliott, Read Story

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Wrestling in Kansas: “We are all state wrestlers at my house” – How Ava Thompson and Pratt delivered a dominant Day 1 to virtually lock up a state title

Pratt’s Ava Thompson pinned her first three state opponents in collectively under one minute and earned career win No. 100. The Greenbacks were dominant on Day 1 in 4-1A and have virtually locked up a
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