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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Riley McDaniel

Riley McDaniel of Frontenac was undefeated at 138 pounds this season.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 11, 2019

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Frontenac senior Riley McDaniel has earned the Labette Bank Athlete of the Month for his performance last month by capturing the 138 pound 4A state wrestling championship for the Raiders.

McDaniel became the first wrestling state champion in school history as he knocked off Kaden Wren of Scott City in 10-6 decision in the state final last month in Salina. McDaniel, who is a Type-1 Diabetic and has struggled to make weight, was one of the best wrestlers at 138 pounds in the state at any level. 

McDaniel has been part of the Wrestling Club at Frontenac since he was seven years old. He has been involved with wrestling ever since. He has also been a major contributor in football for his high school where he had a 90+ yard pick six as a junior to give Frontenac all the momentum against Topeka Hayden to send the Raiders to the state championship. He has also been part of the cross country and track teams.  

The Raider wrestling program, led by head coach Keith Aikin, who started the program from scratch nine years ago, saw a lot of wrestlers have success in 2018-2019. Mason Jameson took second at state at 145 pounds, Brendan Ishimura took third at 152 and Dylan Ensch took fourth at 195 pounds. The Raiders took fifth as a team with 85.5 points in 4A despite being one of the smallest schools in the classification. 

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete or Team (girl(s)or boy(s)) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email Chet Kuplen, CEO/Founder of Sports in Kansas, at sportsinkansas@gmail.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

-Labette Bank is a proud supporter of local athletics in the Southeast Kansas area.. Visit them online here