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2019 Grapple on the Gridiron 6-28-19

For the second year, Great Bend High School hosted the Grapple on the Gridiron team dual wrestling camp.

Wrestlers from 20 high schools came to Central Kansas to get in some mat time and learn how to be a better grappler.

Unfortunately, the Kansas heat kept the wrestlers inside instead of wrestling under the lights of the football stadium for the final round of the first day.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the camp:

Grapple on the Gridiron 6-29-18

During the summer, most people think of football and basketball teams doing camps and other activities. Wrestlers get to enjoy camps also.

Great Bend High School hosted one of the more unique camps in the state with the Grapple on the Gridiron. Coach Nathan Brockelman set up a camp where schools could bring teams to compete in a dual format.

Most of the matches would occur inside a gymnasium. One round instead took place on the football field under the stadium lights.

This event brought teams from Kansas schools like Labette County, Norton Community, Manhattan, Russell, Abilene, Liberal, Goddard Eisenhower, Wichita South, Rock Creek, and Pueblo West from Colorado.

The event provided the athletes with a great opportunity to put on the singlets and get some grappling in during the summer months.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the camp:

2017 321A State Wrestling Tournament 2-25-17

The culmination of the season brings hundreds of wrestlers to Hays, Kansas and Gross Memorial Coliseum for the KSHSAA Class 321A State Wrestling Tournament.

This year the Hoisington Cardinals brought eight wrestlers and hopes of finally winning the State Title. By the end of the first day, seven wrestlers remained in the competition and two advanced to the championship finals.

The second day saw six wrestlers medal. Tanner Cassity at 132 pounds got sixth place. Sean Urban at 160 pounds and Justin Bradley at 220 pounds took fifth. Landen Urban took third in 285 pounds.

Jonathan Ball won his first State Title at 145 pounds and his brother Christopher took his second Title in 152 pounds.

As a team, Hoisington finished with 113 points. They came in second to Norton who scored 126 points and won their fifth straight team title.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the tournament:

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Kansas Girls High School Wrestling Championship

For many years, if a high school girl wanted to wrestle, she was left with boys as her competition. This year, 37 schools traveled to McPherson to take part in the first ever Kansas Girls High School Wrestling Championship.

The goal of the day was to spread the word that Girls Wrestling is happening in Kansas.

For many of the competitors, this might have been one of the few times they faced another girl on the mat instead of a boy. All of the participants gave it their all and competed at the highest level they could.

Many of the girls there knew they were apart of history. While the Kansas High School Activities Association did not sanction the event, the organizers used official referees and followed every rule.

The organizers hope that by this time next year, several more schools will field not on a full boys wrestling squad, but a girls too.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the tournament:

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Cardinal Corner Classic 12-16-16

One of the first wrestling tournaments of the season, the Cardinal Corner Classic gives teams from schools large and small a chance to hone their skills.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the meet:

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Hoisington Cardinal Duals 1-12-17

Wrestling meets can take brackets of individual wrestlers competing against their weight class and earning team points. A Dual puts two teams head to head in each class to win points for the team.

Instead of competing for an individual place or medal, the wrestlers work to win for their school only in a dual.

Hoisington hosted a team dual on a cold Thursday evening and took first place when the round robin meet finished.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the duals:

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