The tradition of winning is returning to the Wildcats wrestling team. The 2012-13 season looks to be a promising one for the Louisburg High School wrestlers under the direction of second-year head coach Bobby Bovaird. Assistant coach Aaron Ziadeh returns for his third season with the Wildcats, and the squad is being joined by first-year assistant Robert Ebenstein.
A year ago, the Wildcats saw history being made with the third state championship of Austin Hood. Hood etched his name in the record books in many categories, and was named the KWCA 4A Senior Wrestler of the Year. Louisburg finished 6th at 4A Regionals and 20th at 4A State. Joining A. Hood was younger brother Cullen, who went 1-2 at 120 lbs., and graduate Austin Caskey, a 38-match winner at 145 lbs. Caskey was Louisburg’s lone Frontier League Champion, followed by league runners-up C. Hood (120 lbs.), Curtis Lemke (152 lbs.), and Kyle McLellan (220 lbs.).
Five seniors are returning to the mat this season. Cullen Hood will be looking to earn his first state championship, and Kyle McLellan, a 25-match winner, will also be looking for some hardware at state. Curtis Lemke and Austen Scott will also provide some great leadership, along with Kyle Edwards. Lemke was one match away from qualifying for state last season.
Junior Ben Powers, sophomore Austin Huber, and sophomore Zach Knox will also be shooting for success this season. All three were first-year wrestlers last season, and Huber was one match away from qualifying for state.
This year’s squad is ready to hit the mats this winter. After the ups and downs of last season, the Wildcats are ready for a competitive season, and Coach Bovaird and the LHS coaching staff plan to use that excitement for the upcoming season.