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:

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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

Wildcat Wrestling wraps up summer on the mats!

After two months of getting in some quality off-season mat time, the Wildcat Wrestlers have wrapped up for the summer. This summer, we saw lots of wrestlers dedicating themselves to getting back to work after a successful 2016-17 season. Here are some of the highlights from this off-season:

IRONMAN AWARD(Note: wrestlers who racked up at least 100 points have earned the “Ironman Award”)
1. Kyle Allen — 195
2. Kaden Allen — 184
3. Cade Holtzen — 166
4. Garrett Caldwell — 116
5. Aiden Barker — 115
6. Bo Ballard, Brandon Doles — 105
7. Ryan Adams — 104
8. Collin Hamilton, Nathan Hamilton — 100
9. Sam Kratochvil, Brayden Yoder — 61
10. Xander Auth — 60
11. Jay McCaskill — 55
12. Jarrett Hoyle — 45
13. Tucker Batten, Jonas Briley, Thad Hendrix, Alec Maler, Bronc Noll, Traden Noll — 40
14. Blue Caplinger, Ben Wiedenmann — 30
15. Tyler Bussard — 29
16. Austin Moore — 20
17. Ashton Moore — 10

SUNFLOWER STATE GAMES TAKEDOWN TOURNAMENT:
1st place: Owen Ebenstein, 8U; Kaden Allen, 10U; Jay McCaskill, 12U; Kyle Allen, HS
2nd place: Brandon Doles, 14U; Cade Holtzen, HS
3rd place: Brayden Yoder, 10U; Aiden Barker, 14U; Ryan Adams, HS
4th place: Bo Ballard, 8U; Camren Ebenstein, 8U

SUNFLOWER STATE GAMES FOLKSTYLE TOURNAMENT:
1st place: Kaden Allen, 10U; Sam Kratochvil, 14U; Ryan Adams, HS; Garrett Caldwell, HS; Bobby Bovaird, 19-29
2nd place: Bronc Noll, 10U; Brayden Yoder, 10U; Aiden Barker, 14U; Brandon Doles, 14U; Brandon Ott, 19-29; Scott Ballard, 30-39; Adam Noll, 40-49
3rd place: Owen Ebenstein, 8U; Traden Noll, 12U; Cade Holtzen, HS; Chris Turner, 19-29; Shea Cox, 19-29
4th place: Braddock Tharp, 8U; Xander Auth, 8U; Bo Ballard, 8U; Camren Ebenstein, 8U; Kyle Allen, HS; Shawn Crossley, 19-29; James Auth, 30-39; Jay McCaskill, 12

PENN STATE “WEEK IN THE DEN” CAMP @ BAKER U: Kyle Allen, Brandon Doles, Aiden Barker, Kaden Allen, and Bo Ballard

MARK ELLIS CLINIC @ LHSKyle Allen, Kaden Allen, Cade Holtzen, Garrett Caldwell, Bo Ballard, Ryan Adams, Aiden Barker, Collin Hamilton, Nathan Hamilton, Xander Auth, Jarrett Hoyle, Tucker Batten, Jonas Briley, Thad Hendrix, Alec Maler, Austin Moore

BVSW / IOWA CAMPCade Holtzen

SPRING HILL / FHSU CAMPAiden Barker

FREESTYLE / GRECO-ROMAN TOURNAMENTSKaden Allen, Kyle Allen

HEARTLAND NATIONALSCade Holtzen

A HUGE thanks goes out to all the Louisburg High School and Wildcat Wrestling Club coaches who helped out this summer: Brandon Ott, Andy Wright, Shawn Crossley, Jon Clayton, James Auth, Janson Lanier, Sam Campbell, Bradley Trageser, Adam Noll, and Trevor Finch.

I’m so proud of all the extra summer work that the Louisburg wrestlers have been putting in. The future for the Wildcat wrestling program is definitely looking bright, thanks to the hard work of the Louisburg wrestlers. Thank you for all your efforts! Parents and coaches, thanks to you also for all your support!

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.

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.

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