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Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: Jason D] #207238 07/12/12 04:59 PM
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If I remember correct. Justin Ware was a senior in 1992, as he won senior nationals that year, Kansas had 3 national champs that year. Justin Ware, Justin Thaw, and Lyle Geyer

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: Ricky Bobby] #207241 07/12/12 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted By: Ricky Bobby
Here is an updated list that I compiled a few years when a the same topic was discussed. The weights are still the old ones, but I like it that way.

103
Doug Duell-Goodland-1975
(5x State Champion)

112
Eric Akin-Bishop Miege High School-1989
(3x State Champion, 4x NCAA All-American, US Freestyle World Team member)

119
Tanner Gardner-Shawnee Heights-2003
(2x State Champion, 3x NCAA All-American, Greco-Roman Junior National Champion)

125
Zach Roberson-Blue Valley Northwest-1999
(4x State Champion, Undefeated in High School, NCAA Champion, 2008 Olympic Freestyle Trials Participant)

130
Shawn Bunch-Leavenworth-2002
(2x State Champion, 2nd and 3rd Place NCAA Finishes, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Freestyle Trials Participant)

135
Myron Roderick-Winfield-1952
(2x State Champion, 3x NCAA Champion, Olympian, Head Coach at Oklahoma State winning 7 team championships)

140
Matt Murray-Colby-2000
(2x State Champion, NCAA Runner-up)

145
Eric Luedke-Colby-2003
(1x State Champion, 2x NJCAA National Champion, 3rd and 8th Place NCAA Finishes, 2008 Olympic Freestyle Trials Participant)

152
Joe Johnston-Shawnee Mission East-2001
(2x State Champion, NCAA Runner-up and 6th place, 2012 Olympic Freestyle Trials Participant)

160
Tyler Caldwell-Goddard-2009
(4x State Champion, NCAA Runner-up and 5th place, 2012 Olympic Freestyle Trials Participant)

171
Melvin Douglas-Topeka Highland Park-1981
(3x State Champion, 2x NCAA Champion, 2x Olympian, 1993 World Championship Freestyle 1st, 1989 World Championship Freestyle 2nd, 1994 World Championship Freestyle 3rd)

189
Scott Coleman-Manhattan-1998
(3x State Champion, High School National Champion, 2x NCAA All-American)

215
Pete Mehringer-Kinsley-1930
(2x State Champion, University of Kansas Wrestler and Football player, NCAA Runner-up, Olympic Champion, Pro Football Player)

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Jeff Boyle-Norton-1997
(3x State Champion, #1 275 in Nation in 1997, and NFL Football Player)


That is a great list... Just saying!

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: M.Church_AD] #207244 07/13/12 12:34 AM
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I think the question was best HS wrestler. And to add to the list where is Roy O. if I'm not mistaken the first of his 4 state titles as a freshman was at like 157lbs. now that's a beast.


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Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: J. Dale] #207245 07/13/12 01:30 AM
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I think Charles Ekey should be mentioned at 140. He was a two time State Champion and a two time National Champ for Fort Hays State.

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: lazyman_1] #207254 07/13/12 07:58 PM
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L Geyer- I could have stated that better. Justin was a sophomore when Temour was a freshman, the year they wrestled in the state championship. Ware graduated in 1992 and Temour graduated in 1993

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: Ricky Bobby] #207285 07/15/12 08:34 PM
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Nice list! I'll go with that.

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: Jason D] #207347 07/16/12 04:55 PM
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Gotcha, I may have read it incorrect as well.

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: Chief Renegade] #207626 07/21/12 11:49 PM
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Ware, Duell, Roderick, and Roberson in no particular order. Been so many. Stan Falkender of St. Francis was exceptional. Bo Maynes was awfully good. I coached against Roberson, Duel (both of them), Akin, Bunch, Layton, Oeser, and most of the rest and saw all of them except for Myron Roderick. Melvin Douglas was as good as any of them for sure. I really don't have a clue how you could pick between all of those great kids (men now). The more you talk about it the more of them you remember. Lampe and Lowery and the epic matches they had. The most impressive that I ever coached against were Ware, Roberson, and Duell. Put some pretty good kids up against those boys and didn't have a shot. God it was fun trying though.

Did not coach against Caldwell but man I saw a lot of him and I would put him up against any of them on any given night. How would you pick?


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Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: lazyman_1] #207653 07/26/12 03:49 PM
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I would say Matt Treaster of Beloit should be mentioned here. 4 x state champ and NCAA D.1 All American as a junior for Navy before suffering career ending neck injury his senior year. Doug Duell finished H.S. at 119 and teammate Chas Ekey won nationals once at Fort Hays State.

Re: best kansas wrestlers of all time [Re: WPetterson] #207671 07/30/12 12:50 AM
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I just ran across this thread. To not have Justin Ware in this list, completely invalidates the list. I grew up with Justin, went to the same small elementary school with Justin, went to wrestling tournaments every Saturday with him. I never saw him lose a match. I saw him win HS Nationals with a pin in the finals. Not until college did I see him lose. I was wrestling DII in North Carolina at the time. He was at Nebraska. Nationals was held at UNC. He came in ranked #6 in the country as a freshman. Record of 24-3 or something like that. He had wrestled Alan Fried very close. Justin lost his opening two matches. They were nail biters. I know he lost to Shannon Gillespie in a really close match and to a guy from Boise State. I thought Justin should have won. After day 1 of the tournament, I was hanging out with the team and all they could do was praise him and talk about how good he was going to be. In my opinion, he could have been NC at least 2 times.
As far as Temoer... I saw Justin wrestle him a few times. Did I mention I never saw Justin lose until college? I bet if you look at Temoer's record, probably at least 3 losses were to Justin. We were in the same conference.
As far as Justin not sticking it out. That's a tough criteria to add. If he was anything like me, he just needed a break. I know I did. I got hurt, took a year off and never got back. Dont hold that against him. But... If we're talking best HS school wrestlers he is in there.

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