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KWCA 2020-21 Annual Post-Season Awards

03/18/2021, 12:15pm CDT
By Kit Harris

20-21 Post-Season Awards

KWCA Announces 2021 Award Winners

Burlington, KS – In early March, the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Board held their Spring Board Meeting to finalize the 2021 KWCA Annual Award Winners.  These winners will be recognized Oct. 2 at the KWCA "Fritz Knorr" Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet.

"The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association is excited to announce our 2021 State Wrestling Awards. This year we are honoring 55 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.

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.  

State Championship Awards

HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

321A

Mike Davison

Eureka High School

4A

Doug Eck

Andale High School

5A

Brett Means

Goddard High School

6A

Damon Parker

Washburn Rural High School

Girls D1

Quinton Burgess

Wichita North High School

Girls D2

Kit Harris

Baldwin High School

 

SENIOR WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

321A

Joshua Ball 182

Hoisington High School

4A

Hector Serratos 126

Andale High School

5A

Alyeus Craig 126

Valley Center High School

6A

Gus Davis 195

Gardner-Edgerton High School

Girls D1

Sara Lake 138

Kansas City Piper High School

Girls D2

Jordyn Knecht 126

Paola High School

 

Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Coach Robert Gonzales has spent the past 16 seasons as the Head Coach of the Manhattan High School Indians.  A Garden City native, Gonzales also served as the head coach at Shawnee Heights (1985-05) and Kenneth Henderson Jr. High (1977-79). He was an assistant at Topeka West from 1979 to 1985 before he was hired by Shawnee Heights.

In a coaching career that spanned more than four decades, it’s at Manhattan High where he left his greatest legacy, building a strong program into a contender for the state title year in and year out since taking over in 2005. MHS won state titles in 2007, 2012 and 2017.  MHS was the state runner-up in 2016 and 2019, and earned third place in 2008 and 2018.  The Indians won seven regional championships, and finished as a regional runner-up eight other times. MHS also has won six Centennial League titles since the league formed in 2005.

Coach Gonzales has coached 20 Sate Champions, had 47 state finalists, and 134 overall placers at the state meet. Gonzales had 256 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament during his career.  Nine Gonzales-coached wrestlers went on to earn high school All-America honors.

In addition to his time teaching young grapplers, he was a member (and served in leadership positions) of various national and statewide wrestling organizations, including the Kansas Wrestling Coach Association (KWCA), the Kansas Coach Association (KCA), the National Wrestling Coach Association (NWCA), the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum (NWHOF) and the Kansas Chapter of USA Wrestling (USAW).

Coach Wayne Petterson was inducted into the 2019 NJCAA Hall of Fame.  Petterson started his wrestling career in Beloit, Kansas before attending Fort Hays State University where he was a three time NAIA All-American and a 1982 graduate.

Petterson was the head coach at Fort Hays State University from 1982-1992. While there, he coached 18 NAIA All-Americans, two NAIA National Champions and two top 5 NAIA National team finishes. Coach Petterson was also active in USA Wrestling, serving as director of the Kansas freestyle and Greco teams from 1983-1991. He had the honor of serving as the Head Freestyle coach of the 1988 NAIA All Star team that was team champion of the Oceanic Championships held in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2005, Petterson was hired as the head wrestling coach for Neosho County Community College. During his 12 years at the helm, Coach Petterson qualified 61 individuals for the NJCAA National tournament. He had 23 NJCAA All-Americans, six National finalists and three NJCAA National Champions. He was the 2012 NJCAA Wrestling Man of the Year and was elected as the President of the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association from 2014-2017.

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

Joel Mason

Hoisington High School

Administrator of the Year

4A

Dennis Charbonneau

Wamego High School

Administrator of the Year

4A

Ryan Muhlig

Augusta High School

Administrator of the Year

5A

Cody Whitney

Shawnee Heights High School

Administrator of the Year

6A

Pat Butler

Olathe West High School

Administrator of the Year

Girls D1

Steve Bushnell

Topeka Seaman High School

Administrator of the Year

Girls D2

Stacy Reed

Burlington High School

       

Assistant Coach of the Year

321A

Kyle Williams

Hoxie High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

4A

Alvin Metcalf, Sr.

Fort Scott High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

5A

Frank Crosson

Shawnee Heights High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Duane Zlatnik

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Jordan Short

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Chase Prester

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

6A

Harry Lamar

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls D1

Sabastion Cuffel

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls D1

Lindsay Parker

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls D1

Jessie Stonebraker

Washburn Rural High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls D2

Jesse Austin

Baldwin High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls D2

Sarah Johnson

Baldwin High School

Assistant Coach of the Year

Girls D2

Jacob Smith

Baldwin High School

       

Contributor of the Year

-

Paul Finch

Garden City Wrestling

Contributor of the Year

-

Mark Lentz

Kansas State High School Activities Association

Contributor of the Year

 

Angie Lowe

Eureka Jr/Sr High School 

Contributor of the Year

 

Karen Odgers

Pittsburg High School

       

KCA Wrestling Coach of the Year

-

Damon Parker

Washburn Rural High School

       

Media of the Year

-

Shane Jackson

Lawrence Journal World

Media of the Year

-

Sean Boston

Sports in Kansas

Media of the Year

-

Conor Nicholl

Sports in Kansas

       

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Carl Laughlin

Junction City Middle School

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Rob Johnson

Pittsburg Middle School

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Larry Pope

Prairie View Middle School

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Aaron Beckman

Phillipsburg Middle School

Middle School Coach of the Year

-

Joe Buresh

Phillipsburg Middle School

       

Official of the Year

-

Todd Kahler

Independence, Kansas

Official of the Year

-

Steven Plott

Salina, Kansas

       

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

Christy Burchett

Fort Scott Booster Club

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

David Donnert

Manhattan Wrestling

Team Support Personnel of the Year

-

Brian Voos

Sabetha Community Hospital 

       

USAWKS Youth Coach of the Year

-

Brian Budke

Chase County Wrestling Club

USAWKS Youth Coach of the Year

 

Dal Eck

Brawlers Wrestling Club

USAWKS Youth Coach of the Year

-

John Taylor

Iola Kids Wrestling Club

 

President Vander Linden closed with, "From head coaches, assistant coaches, senior wrestlers, administrators, the media, team support personnel, and our 2021 Hall of Fame inductees, Wayne Petterson of Chanute and Robert Gonzales of Topeka, 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 in the near future.

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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