The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association announced its Annual Awards this week and Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas was named the KWCA Media of the Year. Kuplen is the Founder and CEO of Sports in Kansas, a multiple-media channel platform to cover Sports in Kansas, since it was formed in 2012.
“This award is very cool to see but I definitely think of it as a Sports in Kansas award not an individual award. We’re very appreciative of the KWCA for honoring us. Not possible without our weekly content from Conor Nicholl and the recaps that he does, he’s incredible. We’ve had more wrestling coverage this year than we’ve ever had, plus we covered girls wrestling for the first time as a KSHSAA sport. We also dedicated a statewide radio segment every week just for wrestling this year and Mike Snow did a great job of hosting the Sports in Kansas show for us this year. Also have to give thanks to Bill Wachter and Wayne Gilmore at My Town Media and KLKC Radio for being great partners for our radio shows over the years to give us that large platform. Sean Frye also covered girls state wrestling with all of the photos for us this year and did a great job.” Kuplen said.
Sports in Kansas is the only group in Kansas to select all-state wrestling teams for boys and girls. Wrestlers are eligible for all-state or qualifier wrestling patches from Sports in Kansas with their honors. In addition to that, Kuplen hosts/emcees the Wrestling Media Day/Luncheon at Pittsburg State University a where coaches from eight different leagues in Kansas attend. Sports in Kansas also provides live updates on all state wrestling matches on their social media platforms of over 200,000 combined followers that go out instantly as soon as it happens. Sports in Kansas also provided galleries of photos for the first ever girls state wrestling championship this winter. In addition to that several wrestling coaches have been on Sports in Kansas radio shows. The Sports in Kansas statewide show focused on all the KWCA Wrestling Rankings every week across several radio stations in Kansas. Wrestling is now as mainstream at Sports in Kansas as the likes of football, basketball, and baseball with its growth over the last several seasons.
“We’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people in the wrestling community the last few years as we expand our coverage. I have to give a big shout out to Andy Albright of Chanute for introducing us to a lot of the right people and opportunities. Aaron Amershek did a great job of covering wrestling (Kansas On the Mat) a few years back before he moved to Wisconsin and we partnered with him at Sports in Kansas. Once Aaron was gone from covering it there was a huge drop off from a social media/radio standpoint. We knew how hungry the sport was for media coverage so that’s when we’ve decided to get big in it. It’s the hardest sport out there to compete in and deserves all the media coverage it gets despite not being considered a mainstream money sport by media outlets. Wrestling is getting huge in Kansas and we’re here to cover it for the long haul.” Kuplen said.
Special thanks to Mammoth Sports Consturction/Kansas Turf, Nex-Tech Wireless, Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE), Labette Community College, Visit Salina, American Implement for their support in our award winning coverage this season!
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