After watching his team earn its first ever district title at the Class 3 District 7 meet in Grandview on Saturday, Feb. 13, Bolivar High School wrestling coach Jeff Davis was content to let the results speak for themselves.
As Liberator wrestling and the Bolivar community celebrated as the team booked its second consecutive trip to the Class 2 state wrestling tournament earlier this month, Bolivar coach Jeff Davis said he had to force a smile at times.
Looking back at two consecutive state wrestling titles, a string of dominant high school and USA wrestling tournament wins, an undefeated 2018-19 season on the mat and an undefeated 2019-20 regular season on the gridiron, Hayden Burks’ overwhelming reflex is to credit his teammates.
Bolivar’s Thomas Pennington grapples with an opponent on day one of the Class 2 state meet in Columbia. Liberator wrestling claimed a bronze medal at the meet. Individually, senior Hayden Burks took home his second consecutive state title, Drayton Huchteman netted his second silver medal, Ca…