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Melvin Douglas – Hall of Fame
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October 03, 2017 05:09 AM PDT
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Undoubtedly one of the first names the come to mind when considering the most successful wrestlers from the Sunflower State is Melvin Douglas, who will be officially welcomed into the KWCA Hall of Fame at this year’s banquet. Melvin was inducted in 2009, but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony at that time.

Douglas’ highlights include; three State titles at Highland Park High School, two NCAA titles at Oklahoma University, and four medals at the World Championships, including Gold in 1993. He also has the distinction of being part of two team titles for the USA at the World Championships (1993 and 1995).

Wyatt Bechtel - Contributor of the Year
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October 01, 2017 06:13 PM PDT
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Wyatt Bechtel had an outstanding high school career, finishing as a 2X State Runner-up for Eureka. After graduating from K-State he has made a career in agriculture journalism. Wyatt has served as the ranker for 321A for the past several years, for his efforts he has been named KWCA Contributor of the Year.

Colonel David M. Fallon - USMC
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September 29, 2017 03:52 AM PDT
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Colonel David M. Fallon has spent his career developing his leadership skill in both practical and classroom environments. He has several tours of duty to his credit and has impressive academic credentials. He will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 NWCA Scholastic Leadership Academy

Doug Vander Linden – KWCA Treasurer/Leadership Academy
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September 28, 2017 05:52 AM PDT
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Doug Vander Linden – KWCA Treasurer/Leadership Academy
Doug Vander Linden is one of the most involved coaches is the state of Kansas. From the kids level through high school and beyond, Doug works as the grass roots as a coach and on the administrative level as a mover and shaker that works for growth of the sport and is vested in helping coaches build champions on and off the mat. Doug was instrumental in bringing the NWCA Scholastic Leadership Academy to Kansas and will help to present the curriculum.

Glenn Gormley - Leadership Academy Facilitator
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September 27, 2017 10:24 AM PDT
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Glenn Gormley from the NWCA national office in Pennsylvania will be in Salina to help with the NWCA Scholastic Leadership Academy on October 6th. Gormley has deep roots in the sport of wrestling along with the perspective of nearly three decades in the business world. Glenn is tasked with helping develop the 'off the mat' coaching skills that we all need. He will be presenting leadership academies in eight states over the next several weeks and Kansas will be his first stop.

Jim Misunas - Media of the Year
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September 25, 2017 04:54 AM PDT
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The KWCA is proud to recognize the media for their coverage of our sport. This year, Jim Misunas of the Great Bend Tribune has been selected as one of our Media of the Year award winners. Hear about Mr. Misunas' journey and listen in for a tip or two on how you can better accommodate the media and get better coverage for your event.

Dr. Ken Coover - 2017 Hall of Fame
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September 20, 2017 05:35 PM PDT
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Meet Dr. Ken Coover. His involvement with USA Wrestling extends beyond the borders of the Sunflower State. He was heavily involved in the organization when it was in its infancy and was one of the contributors early on that built a foundation for the strong organization the it is today.

Justin Thaw - 2017 Official of the Year
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September 18, 2017 07:15 AM PDT
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One of the most highly regarded officials in the state, Justin Thaw, joins the program. Thaw has been named 2017 KWCA Official of the Year. The 2X State Champion for Newton and 2X NCAA Championships Qualifier for Mizzou found his way back on to the mat with equal success as an official.

Mason Wallace - 6A Wrestler of the Year
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September 14, 2017 06:13 PM PDT
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Catch up with Mason Wallace, the 2017 Senior Wrestler of the Year for 6A. The 3X State Champ from Manhattan High School is currently wrestling for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Victor Hughes - College Wrestler of the Year
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September 12, 2017 05:08 AM PDT
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Ft. Scott grad Victor Hughes finished his career as a 3X NAIA All-American and won the 2016 National Championship.

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