Bovaird, Breedlove gain wrestling awards
Two members of the Baldwin High School wrestling team have received post-season honors from the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association as a reward for their efforts this season. One was a coach and one a wrestler.
Bobby Bovaird received the honor of being named the Class 4A Assistant Coach of the Year by the KWCA. Also being honored was senior 215-pound wrestler Andy Breedlove. Breedlove was named honorable mention Academic All-State.
"To be honest it was a shock to me," Bovaird said. "It's an honor to have won this award. It is also nice to know that some of the coaches I used to compete against now have some respect for me as a coach."
This is Bovaird's second year of coaching at BHS, after serving one year as an assistant coach at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka. He was a wrestler in high school, earning both fourth and sixth place medals at the Class 6A state competition his junior and senior years, while wrestling for current BHS head coach Kit Harris, who coached at Washburn Rural before coming to Baldwin.
Bovaird was named Academic All-State and Academic All-American with his 4.19 GPA in high school. Bovaird also was named to the Kansas team for the Metro Classic Senior All-Star dual in 1998. He finished with a 36-9 record his senior year and also competed for Team Kansas in Fargo, N.D., at the prestigious U.S. Junior Nationals Tournament and now serves as a coach on that team. Currently, Bovaird is attending Baker University, majoring in Secondary Education and English.
"Coaching in Baldwin is definitely enjoyable," Bovaird said of his experience at BHS. "I don't know many other students outside of wrestling, but I can speak for the integrity of the young men on the wrestling team. They have a great sense of humor and I think they get a thrill from picking on me. They are pretty fun to pick on themselves too."
Bovaird credited Harris for much of coaching development.
"Unquestionably, coach Harris has been the key factor in my development as a coach," he explained. "When I think about the theories and practices that I have picked up over the last few years, I realize that he has been the one feeding my brain. Coach Harris got me my first job as an assistant at Washburn Rural. He also took the time to convince Baldwin High to hire me on last year. He has taken me under his wing, and it seems as though he will take any opportunity to help my development as a coach."
The other award was given to Breedlove who was named to the KWCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention team. Breedlove had a 3.08 GPA and finished his season with a 27-15 record, including 19 falls, only four away from the school record. He was also a state-qualifier by placing second at regionals. He finished in 10th on the BHS all-time wins list.
"It's great. It's also an awesome way to end the wrestling season," said Breedlove.
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