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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:

Cardinal Corner Classic 12-15-17

Hoisington High School hosted their December wrestling tournament, the Cardinal Corner Classic, on the fifteenth.

Eight schools competed in the meet: Hoisington, Holcomb, Cimarron, Great Bend, Eureka, Marysville, Concordia, and Larned. Marysville took the team title for the evening.

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

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A New Way to Cover Sports – Season Coverage Pass

In years past, I’ve gone to games around the area either on my own or to provide coverage for a media organization. Many times I would post the photos I took from those games on this website for you to see. My hope would be that by seeing the photos, people would also purchase downloads or prints.

This year, I’m trying something different. I am going to let you help decide my schedule.

How?

I am offering what I call the “Season Coverage Pass.” What this is, for a small fee, I will add in a minimum number of games of your student athlete to my schedule an provide a set photos from those games.

Brenner Donovan flies through the air towards the basket. The Pratt Greenbacks defeated the Hoisington Cardinals 52 to 41 at the Hoisington Activity Center in Hoisington, Kansas on February 21, 2017. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

At the end of the season, you will get all the photos on a disk or USB drive. During the season, I will send you an e-mail to let you know when I post more photos to your private gallery. If you want to, you can order prints from this gallery also. I will add more details in the future, but I also plan to offer custom designed and printed multi-image collage posters and or albums if you would like.

How many games will I attend? With basketball, I’m planning on a minimum of two. For Wrestling, I will make it to at least one meet.

Jonathan Ball (Hoisington) tosses Colton Hutchinson (Smith Center). Ball won the match and weight class 145 with a 12 to 1 major decision. The KSHSAA Class 321A State Wrestling Championships were held at Gross Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas on February 25, 2017. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

How many photos per event? My goal is a minimum of 10 photos per game/meet. Though depending on how things go, there could be more.

Obviously, if I get more than one student from a team signed up, that will make it more likely that I will attend more events and bring my cameras along.

How much is the fee? I will be charging $85 per athlete for the season. As an introduction, I will be taking $25 off to make it $60 for any one that signs up their athlete by December 7th.

If you are interested in signing up your student athlete for this great opportunity, give me a call at 620-923-3258 or fill out the form below to e-mail me.

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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Click here to purchase prints or downloads of these pictures.

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:

Click here to purchase prints or downloads of these pictures.

Click here to purchase prints or downloads of these pictures.

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:

Click here to purchase prints or downloads of these pictures.