2017 Ironman Award

What is the “Ironman Award”? The Ironman Award is an honor you can earn by participating in off-season wrestling. Winners of this award will receive a t-shirt with the names of all Ironman Award winners printed on the back. Each succeeding year, more names will be added to the shirt.

How can I win the Ironman Award? Each event has been given a certain number of points. Attendance and participation must be documented through Track Wrestling, coaches, or other means. In order to win the Ironman Award, a wrestler must earn 100 points. Points must be verified and submitted to Coach Bovaird prior to August 1, 2017.

2016 Ironman Award Winners: Brandon Doles, Hunter Bindi, Kyle Allen, Garrett Caldwell, Ryan Adams (2016 winner)

Point Values:

  • LHS Team Camp, 25 points
  • University Level Camps, 20-30 points (based on difficulty and duration)
  • Outdoor Challenge Camp, 35 points
  • Open Mat workouts, 5 points each
  • Sunflower State Games, 15 points per style
  • Summer Takedown Leagues, 10 points per competition
  • Freestyle / Greco-Roman, 5 points per practice, 15 points per tournament
  • DC Gold Summer Clinics, 7 points per practice

Local Summer Camps — MAY:

Local Summer Camps — JUNE:

Local Summer Camps — JULY:

Summer Wrestling Leagues:

Wildcats celebrate successful 2017 season!

Monday evening, we gathered one last time as a team to celebrate the many successes of the 2016-17 wrestling season. It was truly an historic season for the program, and we all have much to be proud of. Here are some of the highlights of the awards and honors given out:

Varsity Letter-winners:

(#) indicates number of years lettered
Seniors: Terry Allen (1), Ben Hupp (3), Nathan Keegan (4), Mason Koechner (4), Dylan Meyer (3), Austin Raetzel (2), Owen Staver (1)
Juniors: Ryan Adams (2), Kyle Allen (3), Tucker Batten (3), Garrett Caldwell (1), Thad Hendrix (3), Alec Maler (1)
Sophomores: Blue Caplinger (2), Austin Moore (2)

Team Awards:

Senior Wrestler of the Year — Mason Koechner
Wrestler of the Year — Ryan Adams
Wildcat of the Year — Owen Staver
Workhorse Award — Ben Hupp
Newcomer of the Year — Dylan Meyer
JV Wrestler of the Year — Garrett Caldwell
Highest GPA — Sam Kratochvil, Austin Moore

Other Honors:

KWCA Academic All-State:
First Team: Ben Hupp (182 lbs.), Austin Raetzel (195 lbs.)
Honorable Mention: Owen Staver (170 lbs.), Mason Koechner (285 lbs.)
Miami County Republic Tri-County Spotlight Team:
1st Team: Nathan Keegan (126 lbs.), Ryan Adams (138 lbs.), Austin Raetzel (195 lbs.)
2nd Team: Thad Hendrix (106 lbs.), Kyle Allen (126 lbs.), Tucker Batten (132 lbs.), Dylan Meyer (145 lbs.), Blue Caplinger (160 lbs.), Austin Moore (170 lbs.), Mason Koechner (285 lbs.)
Honorable Mention: Alec Maler (152 lbs.), Ben Hupp (182 lbs.)

Contributors of the Year:

Sam Long
Shawn Crossley
Bruce Caldwell

Click on the image below to view the 2017 Wildcat Wrestling Yearbook!

Ott joins Wildcat coaching staff

The Wildcat Wrestling family would like to welcome assistant coach Brandon Ott to the 2016-17 coaching staff.


Coach Ott is entering his first year with us and he brings a wealth of experience. He is currently finishing up his undergrad degree at Ottawa University, where he will graduate in December with a BS in Sports Studies with an Emphasis in Coaching.

This past fall, Coach Ott has been serving as a student assistant wrestling coach for OU. He wrestled collegiately for the Ottawa Braves for two years and was a two-year letter-winner. He’s a 2011 graduate of Ottawa High School, where he played football (3-year letter-winner) and wrestled (4-year letter-winner, Frontier League champion).

Coach Ott and his fiancee Megan live in Ottawa with their dog Brigsley. Welcome to the family!

Wildcat Wrestling Club, a new option

We’re excited to announce the debut of a new wrestling option in Louisburg, the Wildcat Wrestling Club!

The objective of the Wildcat Wrestling Club is to provide the youth of Louisburg with the opportunity to enter into the sport of wrestling in an environment that is conducive to fun, exercise, learning the fundamentals of the sport, and creating opportunities for all athletes involved.

Wrestlers who join the Wildcat Wrestling Club will join a club that is vertically aligned with the philosophies and techniques of the Louisburg Middle School and Louisburg High School programs.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the formation of this new club:

  • What is the “Wildcat Wrestling Club”? The Wildcat Wrestling Club is a new club for the youth of Louisburg. It is a chartered club with USA-Wrestling, and it is sponsored by the Carpe Diem Wrestling Club of Kansas. The Wildcat Wrestling Club is now accepting registrations for the upcoming wrestling season. Click here to download the club flyer. We are committed to providing a youth wrestling program that stresses wrestling in a positive atmosphere, emphasizing the importance of fun with the sport while learning the fundamentals and getting exercise. It is our goal to introduce the sport of wrestling to our members in an exciting and fun atmosphere.
  • Who should join the WWC? The club is geared toward Louisburg students grades K-6 who are interested in learning the sport of wrestling.
  • How much does it cost? Club membership for the 2016-17 season is $20, which includes USA-Wrestling membership, practice facility usage fee, and club t-shirt. Checks should be made payable to the Carpe Diem Wrestling Club of Kansas.
  • When are practices? This season, we will hold four practices: Tuesdays 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, and 2/7, and practices will be held in the Louisburg High School wrestling room. Practice will begin at 6:00pm and end by 7:30pm. Additional practices may be added based on interest and facility availability. Wrestlers will need to practice in shorts and t-shirts (no jeans or cut-offs), and they must have wrestling shoes or clean tennis shoes.
  • What about tournaments? The Wildcat Wrestling Club tournament schedule will be determined as we get closer to the start of the season. Should a club member decide he/she wants to compete in a tournament, the parents will need to notify the coaching staff. Wrestling shoes, headgear, and singlet are required for tournament participation.
  • Who are the club’s coaches? The club will be led by Bobby Bovaird, head wrestling coach at Louisburg High School, Shawn Crossley, a 1998 LHS graduate, and Bradley Trageser, a 2016 LHS graduate. Any parent who is interested in becoming a coach with the Wildcat Wrestling Club can contact the club at wildcatwrestlingclub@hotmail.com. All WWC coaches must pass a background check every two years, become members of USA-Wrestling, and complete the Bronze-Level coaching certification program.
  • What future options does the Wildcat Wrestling Club have for its members? This season is the inaugural season for the club, but big plans are set for the future. We will have an operating board of directors and a unified coaching staff with common goals and visions for the sport of wrestling in Louisburg.
  • How can I continue to get information about the club? You can contact the club at wildcatwrestlingclub@hotmail.com to receive more information or to ask questions. Regular updates will be posted on our club Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cdwck/), through email, or on this website.

While the Wildcat Wrestling Club is an independent organization, unaffiliated with USD 416, it is sponsored by the Carpe Diem Wrestling Club of Kansas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose specific purpose is to provide opportunity for youth to participate in youth sports with a focus on character development, personal health, and skill development.

Click here to download a PDF of the club registration, and mail to to 1311 N 1st St. East, Louisburg, KS 66053. Registration deadline is December 1, 2016.

2009 NCAA Champion Mark Ellis at LHS

You do not want to miss this opportunity to attend a wrestling clinic with 2009 NCAA champion Mark Ellis! Louisburg High School is hosting an evening clinic that will feature Mark Ellis as he covers techniques, philosophy, and training tips. This clinic will give you a chance to get geared up for the 2016-17 wrestling season.

WHEN: Monday, September 26, starting at 6:30pm

WHERE: Louisburg High School Wrestling Room (202 Aquatic Dr., Louisburg, KS 66053)

COST: $20 per wrestler


2010 Ed Lampitt Total Tiger Award Winner, 2009 Most Outstanding Wrestler Award, 30 Career Falls for Mizzou, 2009 NCAA Champion, 2010 6th Place All-American, 2007 and 2008 NCAA National Qualifier, 2005 Missouri High School State Champion, and 2005 Brute-Adidas and NHSCA All-American Honors

CONTACT INFO: Bobby Bovaird, Louisburg High School Head Wrestling Coach, WildcatWrestlingClub@hotmail.com, (913)424-0999

REGISTRATION: Complete this form and submit to Coach Bovaird via mail (1311 N 1st St. East, Louisburg, KS 66053) or bring with you to the clinic.

2016 Wildcat Wrestling Youth Clinic!

WHEN: Monday October 10, Tuesday October 11, and Wednesday October 12, after school until 4:30pm in the Rockville Elementary School gymnasium

WHO: For Rockville and Broadmoor students, grades K-5


FOCUS AND OBJECTIVES: The focus of this clinic will be on the FUN and FUNDAMENTALS of the sport of Wrestling. Participating students will be instructed by LHS head wrestling coach Bobby Bovaird and LHS wrestlers on various techniques and skills important to the sport of wrestling. They will also engage in wrestling-based games that emphasize physical activity and exercise.

Participating wrestlers may wear shorts or sweatpants, t-shirt, and tennis shoes or wrestling shoes. Please no jeans, cut-offs, or articles clothing with metal that could tear the wrestling mats or scratch other participants.

CONTACT INFO: Bobby Bovaird, LHS head wrestling coach, bovairdr@usd416.org, (913)424-0999

REGISTRATION: Complete this form and submit to Coach Bovaird via mail (1311 N 1st Street East, Louisburg, KS 66053) or scan and send via email.

To ensure quality coach-to-wrestler ratios, this clinic will be limited to the first 20 students.

Five Wildcats earn Ironman Award honors

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Now that the summer is coming to a close, it’s time to announce the winners of the 2016 Ironman Award:

  • Ryan Adams (157 points)
  • Garrett Caldwell (151 points)
  • Brandon Doles (138 points)
  • Kyle Allen (106 points)
  • Hunter Bindi (100 points)

These wrestlers will get their names printed on a t-shirt. Each year we’ll continue the tradition of the Ironman Award competition and award winners will have their names added to the list on the back of the shirts!

The following wrestlers made it to quite a few summer wrestling events and came close to getting their names on the shirt: Cade Holtzen, Harrison Laney, Kaden Allen, Collin Hamilton, Mason Koechner, and Hunter Millbern.

2016 Wildcat Wrestling Team Camp

Beginners Camp: Monday, June 20 through Thursday, June 23. 5:00—6:30pm 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 2016-17 school year must have adult supervision

Advanced Camp: Monday, June 20 through Thursday, June 23. 7:00—9:00pm each evening, for high school wrestlers, experienced middle school wrestlers, and experienced youth wrestlers

**On the evening of Friday, 6/24, 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
(913) 424-0999 (cell phone)

Cost: $35 (includes shirt, insurance) — 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 2016 Camp Flyer, detach, and mail with $35 check to:
Bobby Bovaird, Head Wrestling Coach
1311 N 1st St. East
Louisburg, KS 66053

Deadline: June 1, 2016

All wrestlers grades 7-12 should plan on attending the Advanced Camp.

Beginners Camp Advanced Camp
My child has never wrestled before

My child will be in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade next year

My child has 3+ years experience

My child has qualified for / placed at state

If your child has three or more years experience with wrestling, then he may be well suited at either camp. It largely depends on the wrestler’s age, maturity level, camp expectations, and availability of practice partners. You can make your decision when we get closer to the camp dates. Please feel free to contact me for advice.

If your child is younger, but he has had success at the state level, then he may be better suited with the Advanced Camp.

At the Beginner Camp, we will address the fundamentals of the sport of wrestling. My number one goal with this camp is to hook the wrestlers and to teach them the basics. I want them to enjoy being on a mat, wrestling with a partner, and learning the sport itself. High school wrestlers will help run these camp sessions, and I try to have at least one high school wrestler working with each group of beginner wrestlers. Here is the typical schedule for each beginner session:

  • 20 minutes—Warm-up / calisthenics
  • 40 minutes—Neutral / Top / Bottom techniques: instruction (steps in the technique), practice (repetition of the move), and application (live situations)
  • 30 minutes—Wrestling games, wrap-up of the session

Ironman Award

What is the “Ironman Award”? The Ironman Award is an honor you can earn by participating in off-season wrestling. Winners of this award will receive a t-shirt with the names of all Ironman Award winners printed on the back. Each succeeding year, more names will be added to the shirt.

How can I win the Ironman Award? Each event has been given a certain number of points. Attendance and participation must be documented through Track Wrestling, coaches, or other means. In order to win the Ironman Award, a wrestler must earn 100 points. Points must be verified and submitted to Coach Bovaird prior to August 1, 2016.

Mark Your Calendars:

2015-16 Louisburg Kids Wrestling Club

Welcome to the 2015-2016 season of the Louisburg Kids Wrestling Club!

Due to the excellent coaching staff and enthusiasm of our parent volunteers, our youth wrestlers have excelled on every level. If you are looking for a sport club that improves your child’s physical fitness, builds self-confidence, and teaches self-discipline and good sportsmanship, then LKWC is for you. Ages 5 and up accepted as participants.

Click here to download the flyer for the 2015-16 season!

*******IMPORTANT INFO******
MONDAY, Nov. 16: First day of practice for Novice and Advanced wrestlers
6:00pm: Novice practice begins (less than 2yrs experience)
7:00pm: Advanced practice begins

Both groups practice in the wrestling area in the LHS gymnasium.

2015-16 LKWC Board:
Suzanne Owens, Secretary
Bobby Bovaird, Vice President
Matt Blancarte, Head Coach

Email: louisburgkwc@gmail.com
Webpage: http://www.wildcat-wrestling.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/louisburgkidswc
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 157, Louisburg, Ks 66053