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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

By CONOR NICHOLL

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

By CONOR NICHOLL

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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Wrestling in Kansas: Girls’ 5/6A Preview: Three-time race between W. Rural, W. North, Dodge City; Gray, Stean among those who look for history

Wichita North, Washburn Rural and Dodge City are expected to have a close three-team race for the 5/6A title.

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Highly successful Washburn Rural women’s wrestling coach Damon Parker likes to work through Read Story

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American Implement Western Kansas Team of the Week: Dodge City girls’ wrestling high contender for 5/6A title; Mendez with state mark for DCHS boys

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Dodge City head wrestling coach Tate Lowe served as an assistant for Red Demon wrestling for six years under Lars Lueders, his college roommate. Lowe, a Valley Center graduate, also was an Read Story

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Wrestling in Kansas: Pratt girls, No. 1 throughout winter, look to complete with a state championship

Pratt coach Tate Thompson with his three daughters: Jadyn, Keimarla, and Ava Thompson. Pratt has nine state qualifiers, including five from two families. Sisters Lilly and Daisy Herman also qualified for the No. 1 Greenbacks.
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