2018 Wildcat Summer Camp Announced!

2018 Wildcat Wrestling Team Camp

  • Beginners Camp: Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12
    4:30—6:00pm 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 2018-19 school year must have adult supervision
  • Advanced Camp: Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12
    6:30—8:30pm each evening, for high school wrestlers, experienced middle school wrestlers, and experienced youth wrestlers

**All Louisburg Wrestlers are invited to register for the Sunflower State Games, which will be held Saturday, July 14, at the Kansas Expocenter.

Camp Location: Louisburg High School main gym
Contact: Bobby Bovaird, LHS Head Wrestling Coach
(913) 424-0999 (cell)
bovairdr@usd416.org

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

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 this flyer, print, and mail with $35 check to:

Bobby Bovaird, Head Wrestling Coach
1311 N 1st St. East

Deadline: July 1, 2018 Louisburg, KS 66053

Registrations are welcome up to the first session of camp, but any received after the deadline will not be guaranteed a camp t-shirt

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2018 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, 2018.

2017 Ironman Award Winners: Ryan Adams, Kaden Allen, Kyle Allen (2017 winner)Bo Ballard, Aiden Barker, Garrett Caldwell, Brandon Doles, Collin Hamilton, Nathan Hamilton, Cade Holtzen

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

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

Local Summer Camps — JUNE:

Local Summer Camps — JULY:

Summer Wrestling Leagues:

Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling!

Why should I wrestle in the off-season?

I saw a quote on Facebook not too long ago. It said, “You think off-season wrestling is optional? So is winning.” Life gets busy in the spring and our wrestlers are pretty heavily involved in other sports. I understand that, but I just want to ask you to consider trying Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. These are the two international styles of wrestling that will greatly enhance your ability on the mat during our high school season.

Here are some common misconceptions about wrestling Freestyle and Greco-Roman (FS/GR).

There are no practices close by. Even though the LHS practice room isn’t available for FS/GR practices, you can find a Regional Training Center close by. These RTCs are designed by USA Wrestling-Kansas to help promote the international styles of wrestling and to make them more accessible to Kansas wrestlers. There are area RTCs running practices every weeknight.

I don’t have time for them. FS/GR practices are weekly and usually run about an hour and a half long. No one is taking attendance. You can attend periodic practices. You might find you like it and then you would be able to make time for it.

It’s too expensive. All you need to pay for is a $37 USAW membership card, which can be ordered through me with the Wildcat Wrestling Club. Our club has a fund set up to help cover the costs if there are wrestlers who have trouble coming up with the money for the USAW card.

It’s too complicated. You learn as you go. My first FS/GR tournament, I was as nervous as can be, and all my coach told me was to go wrestle. I’ll figure it out. And I did. Most tournaments have a brief rules explanation prior to their start. The coaches at the RTC practices are very helpful with those wrestlers who want to learn these styles. No one will judge you for being inexperienced.

Only the best wrestlers do FS/GR. The most goal-oriented and dedicated wrestlers do FS/GR. Not every state champion or state placer has done these styles, but most have. Look at the kids who make huge strides from one season to the next. All it takes is the willingness to give it a shot. You’d be surprised how much your skills improve with a little off-season dedication.

Here are the local RTCs that are available if you want to do any FS/GR:

  • Mondays @ Baker University, 6:30-8pm (Mabee Hall on the BU campus, 2nd floor)
  • Tuesdays @ SM West, 6-7:30pm
  • Wednesdays @ Leavenworth, 6-7:30pm
  • Wednesdays @ Baldwin, 5:30-7pm (Multi-purpose room at Baldwin Junior High)
  • Thursdays @ Olathe South, 6-7:30pm
  • Thursdays @ Baldwin, 5:30-7pm

Tournaments:

  • Saturday, April 14: Black and Blue Freestyle, SM West HS
  • Saturday, April 21: Fight or Flight Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Staley HS (MO)
  • Saturday, April 28: Ultimate Freestyle Championships, Blue Spring HS (MO)
  • Saturday, April 28: Battle at the Junction Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Junction City HS
  • Saturday, May 5: USAWKS State Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Hutchinson HS
  • Saturday, June 2 / Sunday, June 3: Southern Plains Regional Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Dodge City

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:

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)
bovairdr@usd416.org

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:

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.

Summer Wrestlers, Winter Champions

It’s an old cliche, I know, but if you’ve been around the sport long enough, you know this to be true. Look at the tops of the medal stands each season — especially the end of February. You’ll find that the champions have also put in the time during the spring and summer months to get better. Here are some summer wrestling options:

June 11-14 – Baker University Wrestling Camp (Camp Flyer: click here)

Resident (includes room and meals) $295
Commuter (with meals) $195
Commuter (no meals) $150

July 15-18 – Wildcat Wrestling Team Camp (Camp Flyer: click here)

All high school wrestlers are expected to be here for Team Camp! Notify Coach Bovaird with any schedule conflicts.

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00am – Open Mats

Right after football weights, come on up to the wrestling room for some open-mat workouts. This will be weekly, from June 12 to July 31. If there’s enough demand, we will also open up the room one night a week.

July 27 – Sunflower State Games

Hosted by Seaman High School in Topeka. Register at http://www.sunflowergames.com/wrestling, $30 registration fee. If we have 15 Louisburg Wrestlers signed up, Coach Bovaird will also compete in the games (he’ll wear a singlet if we have 20 wrestlers).

You don’t get better by sitting around watching the world go by. Make a commitment this summer to do your part to bring LHS Wrestling back to the top!

KCTC Freestyle / Greco-Roman

post season kctcPlace: Olathe North Wrestling Room, 600 E Prairie St. Olathe, KS 66061, Enter through Northwest Doors (Just south of football fields on west side of the building)

KCTC Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling Club

Dates: March 11th- July 3rd

Time: Practices will be every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6 pm

Cost: $120 (does not include USA wrestling card $37)

Contact: Clint @ kctcwrestling@yahoo.com or 660-525-0052, or Adam 913-206-7918

After all the dust has settled, KCTC had 6 state champs, 11 state finalists, and 26 state placers this year. If you want to get better on your feet, learn how to throw, stop from getting turned, freestyle and Greco can help you. If you want to get better, whatever level you are, freestyle and Greco will help you. For the past 5 years we have trained some of Kansas’s best wrestlers to compete locally and all over the nation. If you want be your best, stay on the grind, get in our room and learn how to bang. Results don’t lie put your time in, make that time count, and you will get where you want to be

See ya soon,
KCTC Staff