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KWCA announces annual award winners

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Winners will be recognized at Oct. 3 banquet

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On Sunday, the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Board met at McPherson High School to finalize the 2020 award winners who will be recognized Oct. 3 at the KWCA "Fritz Knorr" Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet in Salina.

"The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association is excited to announce our 2020 State Wrestling Awards. This year we are honoring 50 individuals and organizations that go above and beyond the call in helping to lead, support, and participate in our great sport," said KWCA President Doug Vander Linden of Burlington High School.

State Championship Awards

The Head Coach and Senior Wrestlers of the Year are voted on after the state championship finals by KWCA Members. Winning coaches will not be eligible for the award the following two seasons.  



HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

321A

Bill Johnson

Norton Community High School

4A

Andy Albright

Chanute High School

5A

Nathan Broeckelman

Great Bend High School

6A

Travis Keal

Mill Valley High School

Girls

Damon Parker

Washburn Rural High School



SENIOR WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

321A

Wyatt Pedigo 195

Hoisington High School

4A

Preston Martin 132

Paola High School

5A

Cade Lautt 220

St. James Academy

6A

Keegan Slyter 126

Olathe North High School

Girls

Nicole Moore 116

Nickerson High School

Hall of Fame

This year's Hall of Fame Inductee is long-time Mulvane Head Wrestling Coach, Rick Langerot. Langerot, a native of Columbus, KS has been involved in the sport of wrestling for the past 52 years as a competitor, official, and 43 years as a coach.  Through hard work and dedication, Langerot has helped start programs at Ft. Scott Community College where he wrestled (1972), Ft. Scott Junior Wrestling (1978), Mulvane High School (1989), Mulvane Junior High (1992), and Mulvane High’s Girls Team (2018).  

Coach Langerot has won numerous Coach of the Year awards at the District, League, Regional, and State levels. His squads have captured seven league titles, two regional crowns, and a 3rd Place finish at the 2001-02 5A State Championships. He finished his career with 361 dual wins, 172 state qualifiers, 62 state medalists, and eight state champions.  His athletes also shined in the classroom with 37 All-State First Team Academic awardees.

Post-Season Awards

The following awardees were nominated by KWCA members who wrote personal recommendations touting the many great things that they have done to support not just their local programs, but the sport of wrestling as a whole.  




Award

Class

Winner

Organization

Administrator of the Year

321A

Robert Rempel

USD #410 Hillsboro Middle/High School

Administrator of the Year

4A

Dave Tappan

Louisburg USD 416

Administrator of the Year

5A

David Meter

Great Bend High School

Administrator of the Year

6A

Penny Lane

Washburn Rural High School

Administrator of the Year

Girls

Jon McLean

Nickerson High School

       

Assistant Coach of the Year

321A

Joston Wassom

Republic County High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

4A

Clete Frazell

Chanute High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

4A

Rusty Emling

Chanute High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

5A

Brian Means

Goddard High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

5A

Doug Hoover

Goddard High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

5A

Brent Fisher

Goddard High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Drew Hudgins

Mill Valley High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Jake Ellis

Mill Valley High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Shannon Sawner

Mill Valley High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Dylan Gowin

Mill Valley High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Terrale Johnson

Mill Valley High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls

Mike Schridde

Great Bend High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls

Jeremy Foster

Great Bend High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls

Brian Schridde

Great Bend High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls

Kristy Creamer

Great Bend High School

       

Contributor of the Year

-

Mary Nusz

Augusta Citizen

Contributor of the Year

-

Andrew Dixon

Midwest Wrestling Coaches Group

       

KCA Wrestling Coach of the Year

-

Travis Keal

Mill Valley High School

       

Media of the Year

-

Steve Webster

1590 KVGB Sports Day Podcast

Media of the Year

-

Toby Nosker

KNCK Radio

Media of the Year

-

Jacob Lenard

KOAM/FOX 4

Media of the Year

-

Jesy Strnad

KREP KR -92

Media of the Year

-

Brady Lowell

KREP KR -93

Media of the Year

-

Kevin Romary

Midco Sports Network

Media of the Year

-

Rick Bryant

Midco Sports Network

Media of the Year

-

Chet Kuplen

Sports in Kansas

       

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Gary Winter

Goodland Middle School

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Doug Malay

Trego Community Middle School

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Jeff Haflinger

Trego Community Middle School

       

Official of the Year

-

Josh Biera

-

       

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

Greg Boucher

Augusta Wrestling Club

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

Karrie Rathbone

Karrie Rathbone Photography

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

Zach Zimmrman

USD 413

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

Aidan Droge

Washburn Rural High School

       

USAWKS Youth Coach of the Year

-

Rex Kern

Hoisington Kids Federation

USAWKS Youth Coach of the Year

-

Josh Miller

Kansas Thunderstruck Wrestling Club

President Vander Linden closed with, "From head coaches, assistant coaches, senior wrestlers, administrators, the media, team support personnel, and our 2020 Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Langerot of Mulvane, we have an incredible group that we want to recognize for a job well done."

The KWCA will be releasing the Team Academic and Junior/Senior Academic All-State awards on Wednesday.  

About the KWCA

The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association is a non-profit comprised of volunteers concerned with Leading, Honoring, Promoting, and Serving Kansas Wrestling.

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