LHS drops duals to Paola and BVSW, finishes 3rd at Fort Scott

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Fort Scott Duals

December 6, 2014

For the second straight year, the Wildcats have brought home a 3rd place finish at the Fort Scott Duals. The varsity squad went 3-2 in duals, soundly beating Fort Scott, Shawnee Mission West, and Anderson County, but dropping competitive duals to Paola and Blue Valley Southwest. Blue Valley Southwest defeated Paola for the team title.


Bringing in a solid core of experienced wrestlers, the Wildcats were able to balance out with some new additions to the varsity line-up. Overall, we were 39-26 in individual matches, with 25 matches being won by pin. This squad, while fielding a group with relatively mixed experience levels, remains competitive. To open the day, we defeated host school Fort Scott 54-25. The rest of the day was back-and-forth, with the next dual being a 25-37 loss to Blue Valley Southwest. LHS rebounded to knock off Shawnee Mission West 51-18, but then we lost the next dual to Paola 33-39. The final dual of the day was a 54-21 victory over Anderson County.

Freshman Ryan Adams (138 lbs.) and junior Anders Vance (285 lbs.) led the team on Saturday. Both finished the day 5-0. Adams had four pins and Vance had two. Four Wildcats were 4-1 on the day: sophomore David Bindi (113 lbs.), sophomore Nathan Keegan (120 lbs.), junior Jimmy Dolan (182 lbs.), and senior Brenton Wrigley (195 lbs.). Bindi lost a close match against BVSW, getting reversed in the final seconds. Keegan’s only loss came to a returning 4A state placer from Paola. Dolan’s and Wrigley’s sole losses came against some athletic opponents from SMW. Senior Zach Knox faced some tough competition, going 3-2 at 132 lbs. One of his losses was to a returning state qualifier from Paola. Sophomore Ben Hupp was 3-2 at 160 lbs., earning three pins along the way. Sophomore Mason Koecher (220 lbs.) was also 3-2 on the day, recording three pins. Other Wildcats competing were freshman Tucker Batten, who was 2-3 at 126 lbs.; freshman Will Ridley, who was 0-5 at 145 lbs.; junior Zach Jones, who was 1-4 at 152 lbs.; and junior Jordan Crowder, who was 1-4 at 170 lbs.

This Friday and Saturday, the LHS wrestling team will be competing at the 36th Annual Eudora Tournament of Champions, which will include state-ranked teams such as Atchison County (321A), Baldwin (4A), Prairie View (4A), Rossville (321A), and St. James Academy (5A). In total, twenty-five teams will be competing at Eudora this weekend.

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – open
113 lbs. – David Bindi (so.) 4-1, 2 pins
120 lbs. – Nathan Keegan (so.) 4-1, 3 pins
126 lbs. – Tucker Batten (fr.) 2-3
132 lbs. – Zach Knox (sr.) 3-2, 2 pins, 1 major
138 lbs. – Ryan Adams (fr.) 5-0, 4 pins
145 lbs. – Will Ridley (fr.) 0-5
152 lbs. – Zach Jones (jr.) 1-4
160 lbs. – Ben Hupp (so.) 3-2, 3 pins
170 lbs. – Jordan Crowder (jr.) 1-4, 1 pin
182 lbs. – Jimmy Dolan (jr.) 4-1, 2 pins
195 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (sr.) 4-1, 3 pins
220 lbs. – Mason Koechner (so.) 3-2, 3 pins
285 lbs. – Anders Vance (jr.) 5-0, 2 pins

Dual Results:
LHS 54, Fort Scott 25
Blue Valley Southwest 37, LHS 25
LHS 51, Shawnee Mission West 18
Paola 39, LHS 33
LHS 54, Anderson County 21

Dual Record: 3-2 (4-2 overall)

Team Placing: 3rd out of 6 teams

Next Competitions:
Wednesday, Dec. 10: Blue Valley NW Mixer (JV)
Friday, Dec. 12: Santa Fe Trail Mixer (JV)
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 12-13: Eudora Tournament of Champions (Varsity)

Wildcats win exciting home dual to open the season!


Louisburg-Osawatomie Dual

4 December, 2014

For the first competition of the season, the Wildcats hosted Osawatomie in an exciting single dual featuring two Miami County rivals. The evening was highlighted by a 45-30 victory over the Trojans. It was an electric atmosphere as both teams were high-energy and ready to scrap. The LHS Drum Line was on hand to play between varsity matches, which provided a great environment for everyone.

Several Wildcats came out with key victories. Senior Zach Knox won an exciting 8-4 decision against a returning regional finalist from last season. The match was tied in the third period, but Knox locked up a front headlock to a cradle that secured the winning points. Senior Brenton Wrigley hit a sweet ankle-pick before winning by fall at 195 lbs., and junior Anders Vance hit his opponent in a lateral drop to get the fall at 285 lbs. Junior Jimmy Dolan took a forfeit at 182 lbs. A trio of sophomores scored big for us as David Bindi (113 lbs.), Nathan Keegan (120 lbs.), and Mason Koechner (220 lbs.) all earned pins in their first matches of the season. Freshman Ryan Adams made his Wildcat wrestling debut at 138 lbs., getting the pin in his match.

LHS also fielded several young wrestlers against some of Osawatomie’s strongest wrestlers. Junior Jordan Crowder returned to the mat to face a returning state qualifier at 170 lbs., but came up short. Sophomore Ben Hupp lost by fall to a two-time state qualifier at 160 lbs., and freshman Tucker Batten was pinned by a 2013 regional champ at 126 lbs. Freshman Will Ridley was pinned at 145 lbs., and sophomore Connor Green, bumping up a weight to fill an open spot, was pinned at 152 lbs. Both teams were open at 106 lbs.

At the JV level, the Wildcats were 6-6 against Osawatomie. JV winners include freshman Kyle Allen at 120 lbs., sophomore Evan Ayres at 132 lbs., sophomore Dylan Meyer at 138 lbs., sophomore Owen Staver at 160 lbs., junior Bradley Trageser at 220 lbs., and senior Nephi Rodriguez at 220 lbs. Rodriguez had the honor of wrestling the last match of the evening, and when he scored the pin, the crowd was just as loud as any point in the evening.

It was a big win for the Wildcats, but the road to Salina is a long one. This weekend, the varsity squad will compete at the Fort Scott Duals against Anderson County, Blue Valley Southwest, Fort Scott, Paola, and Shawnee Mission West. The junior varsity squad will compete at the Blue Valley North.

Varsity Results:
106 lbs. – both teams open
113 lbs. – David Bindi (so.) def. Kitana Diediker, fall 2:28
120 lbs. – Nathan Keegan (so.) def. James Clement, fall 0:51
126 lbs. – Tucker Batten (fr.) lost to Brendon Chrisjohn, fall 0:27
132 lbs. – Zach Knox (sr.) def. Cody Hazlett, dec. 8-4
138 lbs. – Ryan Adams (fr.) def. Will Thompson, fall 3:14
145 lbs. – Will Ridley (fr.) lost to Tyler Chrisjohn, fall 1:35
152 lbs. – Connor Green (so.) lost to John Diediker, fall 0:28
160 lbs. – Ben Hupp (so.) lost to Daniel Dees, fall 0:57
170 lbs. – Jordan Crowder (jr.) lost to Andy Blanton, fall 1:32
182 lbs. – Jimmy Dolan (jr.) win by forfeit
195 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (sr.) def. Cole Wallace, fall 0:32
220 lbs. – Mason Koechner (so.) def. Seth Kingsolver, fall 1:35
285 lbs. – Anders Vance (jr.) def. Tanner Wilson, fall 1:38

LHS 45, Osawatomie 30

Dual Record: 1-0 (1.000)

JV Results:
120 lbs. – Kyle Allen (fr.) def. James Clement, fall 1:27
132 lbs. – Sierra Sullivan (so.) lost to Tonya Gallager, fall 1:03
132 lbs. – Evan Ayres (so.) def. Tonya Gallager, fall 2:00
138 lbs. – Dylan Meyer (so.) def. Seth Lofing, fall 3:30
145 lbs. – Garrett Caldwell (fr.) lost to Seth Lofing, fall 0:58
145 lbs. – Chris Turner (jr.) lost to Tristan Geiger, fall 3:10
152 lbs. – Zach Jones (jr.) lost to Tristan Geiger, dec. 8-2
160 lbs. – Owen Staver (so.) def. Sam Raybern, fall 4:21
160 lbs. – Dillin Roberts (jr.) lost to John Diediker, fall 2:00
182 lbs. – Billy Rose (sr.) lost to Cole Wallace, fall 0:56
220 lbs. – Bradley Trageser (jr.) def. Seth Kingsolver, fall 3:42
220 lbs. – Nephi Rodriguez (sr.) def. Tanner Wilson, fall 4:00

Next Competitions:
Saturday, Dec. 6: Ft. Scott Duals, 9:00am (Varsity)
Saturday, Dec. 6: Blue Valley North JV, 8:00am (JV)

White Team victorious at the Purple-White Scrimmage!

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2 December, 2014

Keeping the tradition going, the Wildcats unofficially kick-started the season with the 4th Annual Purple-White Scrimmage. Thirty-nine wrestlers took to the mat Tuesday evening to give our home crowd a show in a formal intersquad dual to determine who will represent LHS at the varsity level. Wrestlers also engaged in matches to determine the ranking in each weight class and exhibition matches to give them invaluable mat experience.

Ultimately, the White Team prevailed 66-45. The White Team is currently 3-1 against the Purple Team since the scrimmage’s inception in the 2011-12 season.

Although there were several pins on the evening, there were also many exciting match-ups. Winning a 7-0 decision at 145 lbs., freshman Will Ridley defeated sophomore Connor Green for the varsity spot. Sophomore Nathan Keegan edged freshman Kyle Allen at 120 lbs., and senior Zach Knox won a tough 6-4 decision against sophomore Dylan Meyer at 132 lbs. Senior Brenton Wrigley defeated junior Jimmy Dolan for varsity at 182 lbs. In other varsity wrestle-offs, sophomore Ben Hupp pinned Dillin Roberts in an exciting come-from-behind match at 160 lbs. Sophomore Mason Koechner pinned junior Bradley Trageser at 220 lbs., and junior Jordan Crowder pinned junior Marshall Rooney at 170 lbs. Uncontested for varsity positions were freshman Thad Hendrix at 106 lbs., sophomore David Bindi at 113 lbs., freshman Tucker Batten at 126 lbs., freshman Ryan Adams at 138 lbs., junior Zach Jones at 152 lbs., and Anders Vance at 285 lbs. Senior Joey Goode was to face off against sophomore Nathan Allen at 195 lbs., but a concussion suffered at practice prevented Goode from being able to wrestle.

The Wildcats feature several returning lettermen from last season. Bindi was 21-14 at 106, Knox was 27-15 at 126, and Goode was 13-9 at 195. Bindi, Meyer, Knox, and Wrigley were all one match away from qualifying for state in 2014. Other letterwinners in 2014 include Dolan, Jones, Roberts, Trageser, Vance, and Koechner. Senior Nephi Rodriguez, Hupp, Keegan, and sophomore Owen Staver also won varsity matches last season.

For the fourth year, we’ve been proud to welcome back several figures from Louisburg High School Wrestling history. This season we had the honor to have Shawn Crossley (’98), Dereck Kerr (’00), Justin Kircher (’00), and Jesse Myers (’00) serve as honorary coaches. Crossley was a 3-time state qualifier, sported an 83-31 career record, and was the 1998 Senior Wrestler of the Year. Kerr was a 4-time state qualifier, a 2-time Frontier League champion, and had an 80-28 career record. Kircher was a 2-time state qualifier for the Wildcats. Myers was a 3-time state qualifier, a regional champion, a 2-time Frontier League champion, and had a 63-21 career record. All four were members of the 1997 team that was undefeated Frontier League Duals champions and the 1998 team that won the Frontier League Tournament. That team was also 12-1 in duals and won team titles at Spring Hill, Louisburg, and Prairie View. Crossley and Kerr coached the White Team to its third straight victory in the Purple-White series.

The Wildcats officially begin the season with a home dual against Osawatomie on Thursday, December 4. The varsity then takes to the mats Saturday, December 6 at the Fort Scott duals where we’ll face off against Anderson County, Blue Valley Southwest, Fort Scott, Paola, and Shawnee Mission West. That same day, JV will compete at the Blue Valley North JV Tournament.

Varsity Challenge Matches:
120 lbs. – Nathan Keegan (Purple) def. Kyle Allen (White) dec. 6-4
132 lbs. – Zach Knox (Purple) def. Dylan Meyer (White) dec. 8-6
145 lbs. – Will Ridley (Purple) def. Connor Green (White) dec. 7-0
160 lbs. – Ben Hupp (White) def. Dillin Roberts (Purple) wbf
170 lbs. – Jordan Crowder (Purple) def. Marshall Rooney (White) wbf
182 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (White) def. Jimmy Dolan (Purple) dec. 6-2
220 lbs. – Mason Koechner (White) def. Bradley Trageser (Purple) wbf

Ranking Matches:
132 lbs. – Jaylen Boileau (White) def. Sierra Sullivan (Purple) wbf
145 lbs. – Chris Turner (Purple) def. Jacob Mitchell (White) wbf
160 lbs. – Kylan Harper (White) def. Jud Deering (Purple) wbf
160 lbs. – Leland Koehn (White) def. Kain O’Keefe (Purple) wbf
182 lbs. – Lyndon Smith (White) def. Billy Rose (Purple) wbf
220 lbs. – Nephi Rodriguez (Purple) def. Matthew Rison (White) wbf

Exhibition Matches:
106 / 120 lbs. – Thad Hendrix (Purple) def. Alec Maler (White) wbf
113 / 120 lbs. – David Bindi (White) def. Nathan Keegan (Purple) dec. 6-4 OT
132 / 145 lbs. – Garrett Caldwell (Purple) def. Jaylen Boileau (White) wbf
138 / 152 lbs. – Ryan Adams (White) def. Zach Jones (Purple) wbf
160 lbs. – Owen Staver (Purple) def. Zac Meyer (White) wbf
182 lbs. – Austin Raetzel (White) def. Billy Rose (Purple) wbf
195 / 220 lbs. – Josh Vickrey (White) def. Nathan Allen (Purple) wbf
220 / 285 lbs. – Anders Vance (White) def. Bradley Trageser (Purple) wbf

Next Competitions:
Thursday, Dec. 4: Osawatomie Dual @ HOME, 6:30pm (Varsity and JV)
Saturday, Dec. 6: Ft. Scott Duals, 9:00am (Varsity)
Saturday, Dec. 6: Blue Valley North JV, 8:00am (JV)

Team Gear Orders, 2014-15

2014-15.Shirt Designs.BothDo you want to support the LHS wrestling team? Here’s your chance! Orders for the 2014-15 team gear are due Tuesday, Dec. 2. Choose from the following items:

  • Purple short sleeve — $12 (note: cost adjusted due to error on order form)
  • Purple long sleeve — $15
  • Purple hoodie — $28
  • Purple short sleeve performance (w/ gray stripes: click here to see sample) — $17
  • Gray short sleeve — $12
  • Gray long sleeve — $15
  • Gray hoodie — $28
  • Gray long sleeve performance (w/ purple stripes: click here to see sample) — $22
  • Purple embroidered Holloway jacket — $65
  • Purple embroidered mesh shorts — $15
  • Black embroidered beanie — $12
  • Black embroidered team gear bag — $35
  • Black embroidered open bottom sweatpants — $25
  • Gray fight shorts — $33

Click HERE to download the order form!

Make checks payable to Louisburg High School and send your orders to Coach Bovaird ASAP. Remember, the orders are being placed 12/2, so in order to ensure that shirts are here in time for Christmas, you need to get your order in ASAP!


Important Dates for 2014-15


Tuesday, Nov. 4: Winter Sports Parents Meeting—6:30pm—LHS Cafeteria
All parents need to attend this meeting. After Mr. Gagnebin talks with the parents of all winter sports participants, there will be a wrestling-specific meeting. If your parents cannot make it, please arrange to have them contact me to retrieve important information. Wrestlers do not need to attend, but they are welcome.

Monday, Nov. 10: Hydration Assessment / Alpha Weigh-In—3:20pm—Boys Locker Room
You should spend the day drinking plenty of water and visiting the restroom. It’s important that you flush your system all day long. Carry a water bottle around school with you. If you haven’t gone to the restroom to urinate at least 5 times during the day, you’re not hydrated. You cannot practice until you have passed this test! Once you pass the hydration assessment, you will step on the scale and submit your alpha weigh-in for the season. An important team meeting will occur after the hydration assessments / alpha weigh-ins.

Monday, Nov. 17: 1st Day of Practice—3:30pm—Wrestling Room
Bring appropriate work-out clothes and wrestling shoes. Headgear is optional, but it is recommended to protect your ears. Be prepared to begin learning new techniques, reviewing old techniques, bonding as a team, and conditioning to get into wrestling shape. Before you can participate in practice, you must…

Open Mats Begin Soon!

Summer Wrestling Ad

Starting Monday, June 9, and going through Wednesday, July 16, the wrestling room will be opened up for any experienced wrestlers who are interested in getting in some good mat time and one-on-one instruction. These open mat sessions will go from 9:30-11:00am every Monday and Wednesday.

During the week of our Team Camp (June 23-27) and the week that the high school team will be traveling to the Outdoor Challenge Camp in Nebraska (July 6-11), there will be no open mats.

For the younger / smaller wrestlers, you may want to arrange with a friend who’s about your size to come to open mats. The older kids typically match up pretty well within 20 pounds of each other.

These are opportunities for the driven wrestler who wants to get extra mat time drilling, conditioning, and wrestling live. Some instruction will be presented, but these techniques will typically be more advanced. If you’re a wrestler who’s interested, that’s great. I’ve yet to turn anyone away from these workouts.

2014 Wildcats Wrestling Team Camp

2013-14Beginners Camp: Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27
10:00am – noon each day, for novice wrestlers and youth wrestlers; minimum age is 6 years old; children who will be in Kindergarten or 1st grade in the 2014-15 school year must have adult supervision

Advanced Camp: Monday, June 23 through Thursday, June 26
6:00 – 8:15pm each evening, for high school wrestlers, experienced middle school wrestlers, and experienced youth wrestlers
**On the evening of Friday, 6/27, we plan to host a cook-out for all Louisburg Wrestling supporters. There will be no camp session that evening. More information will be given out at camp.

Location: Louisburg High School main gym

Contact: Bobby Bovaird, LHS Head Coach (bovairdr@usd416.org)

Cost: $35 (includes shirt, insurance, awards) — Please make checks payable to Bobby Bovaird

Objectives: To teach and practice the wrestling skills, techniques, and philosophy of the Louisburg Wildcats Wrestling squad; build team unity at all age levels; reinforce fundamental wrestling skills.

Please fill out the attached form, detach, and mail with $35 check to the address provided on the form.

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Wildcat Wrestling celebrates 2013-14 season

As the weather warms up and everyone focuses on spring time, the Wildcat wrestling team gathered last Tuesday to celebrate the end of the 2013-14 season.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the annual team awards:
Wrestler of the Year: Ben Powers
Wildcat of the Year: Dillin Roberts
Workhorse Award: Sean Dennis
Newcomer of the Year: Joey Goode
JV Wrestler of the Year: Mason Koechner

Several of the Wildcats were also awarded varsity letters: (#) indicates number of years lettered
Seniors: Ben Powers (3), Spencer Bowman (1)
Juniors: Sean Dennis (2), Joey Goode (1), Austin Huber (3), Zach Knox (3), Brenton Wrigley (2)
Sophomores: Parker Cates (2), Jimmy Dolan (1), Zach Jones (1), Dillin Roberts (1), Bradley Trageser (2), Anders Vance (2)
Freshmen: David Bindi (1), Mason Koechner (1), Dylan Meyer (1)

Other Honors include senior Ben Powers being named 1st Team KWCA Academic All-State. Junior Zach Knox was named 1st team on the Miami County Republic Tri-County Spotlight Team at 126 lbs. Other Wildcats making the team were David Bindi at 106 lbs., Parker Cates at 113 lbs., Ben Powers at 138 lbs., Sean Dennis at 152 lbs., and Joey Goode at 195 lbs. These five were Honorable Mention.

2013—2014 Team Accomplishments:
2nd place Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament
2nd place Parsons 3rd Annual Vikings Duals
3rd place Fort Scott Duals
3rd place Topeka Invitational Tournament
KWCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention
10-7 Dual Record

Here is the 2013-14 season by the numbers:
1383.5 Team points scored
486 Fans on Facebook
244 Individual victories
132 Season pins
48 Tournament placers
38 Wrestlers on the roster at the end of the season
27 Single season wins (Z. Knox)
19 Seconds (fastest pin of the year, B. Wrigley)
16 Varsity letter-winners
11 of 25 Starters had double digit wins
10 Dual victories
9 Wrestlers with .500 or better records
7 Finals appearances in tournaments
6 Tri-County Spotlight Wrestling Team members
5 HS wrestlers in the LKWC (D. Bindi, B. Hupp, Z. Jones, J. Dolan, M. Koechner)
5 Wrestlers breaking into the top-5 all-time stats
4 Wrestlers with 20 or more wins (D. Bindi, Z. Knox, B. Powers, S. Dennis)
3 USAW-Kansas State Qualifiers (D. Bindi, J. Dolan, M. Koechner)
3rd Team finish at Topeka Invitational and Fort Scott Duals
2.965 Team GPA
2 Frontier League runners-up (P. Cates, S. Dennis)
2nd Team finish at Tonganoxie Invitational and Parsons Duals
1 Tournament champion (B. Powers, Topeka Inv.)
1 KWCA Academic All-State wrestler (B. Powers)
1 LHS all-time stats record broken
1 Wicina Wrestling Scholarship finalist (B. Powers)


Click here to see a PDF version of the 2013-14 team yearbook.

2014 Louisburg Wildcats Wrestling Banquet


When:  Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm
LHS Cafeteria
Cost: Nothing!

What to Bring:  Your family!
Freshmen—side dish (veggies, etc.) or dessert
Sophomores—salad (potato, fruit, lettuce, pasta, etc.) or dessert
Juniors and Seniors—entrée or meat

What is provided: Drinks, plates, napkins, and cutleryDress: Wrestlers wear nice pants and nice shirts (ties are optional)

This year we are planning a pot luck dinner for the wrestling banquet. Please refer to the categories assigned by grade and bring your choice of dish.

In bringing your dish, please plan to make enough to feed your own family, plus 4-5 others, to share with other families.  We don’t want those at the back of the line to go away hungry. Remember, these guys are no longer making weight (except for those hardy souls in post-season competition) so there should be plenty of youthful appetites.

It is important that you RSVP by March 14. We will need to have a pretty good idea of how much meat to purchase, but we would also like to know how many tables to set up.

You can contact Coach Bovaird at (913)424-0999, by email at bovairdr@usd416.org, or fill out the attached flier (click here) and have your wrestler return it to Coach Bovaird.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Team Gear for 2013-14!

2013-2014 Louisburg HS_Order Form

This year we have lots of options for you! With the two shirt designs, you can get gray (short-sleeve, long-sleeve, long-sleeve performance, or hooded sweatshirt) or black (short-sleeve, long-sleeve, long-sleeve performance, or hooded sweatshirt). We’re also offering silver mesh shorts, black beanies, black Asics team bags, purple team jackets, and black sweatpants. Shirts, shorts, and sweatpants come in sizes of youth small to adult 3XL. Click on the image on the left to download a PDF of the order form or click here.

Note: All shirts will have the LHS Wrestling all-time state medalists listed on the backs

Here are the prices:

 Black short-sleeve t-shirt $15
 Black long-sleeve t-shirt $18
 Black long-sleeve performance t-shirt $20
 Black hooded sweatshirt $45
 Gray short-sleeve t-shirt $15
 Gray long-sleeve t-shirt $18
 Silver long-sleeve performance t-shirt $30
 Gray hooded sweatshirt $45
 Silver mesh shorts $20
 Black beanie $15
 Black Asics team gear bag $35
 Purple Holloway team jacket $60
 Black open-bottom sweatpants $30

Make checks payable to: LHS

Orders are due: Wednesday, November 27

Thank you for your support!