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Ken Kraft Midlands Championships Recap

Posted by Jeffrey Pape on


A few weeks ago, we shared the news that WrestlingGear.com would provide the official tournament t-shirt for the historic 50th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. Some of you may have seen us there, and we’re happy to say it was a huge success.

“We really enjoyed being a part of the 50th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships,” said Jeff Pape, founder and owner of WrestlingGear.com. “It was a successful tournament and a very fun weekend. Congratulations to those who participated.”

Because this year we celebrated the 50th anniversary, the tournament was more than just your average wrestling tournament. There were special events and a very special Parade of Champions during which some of the original Midlands Champions were honored.

Midland fans voted Dan Gable the greatest Midlands wrestler of all-time. Gable, a legendary wrestler at Iowa State and coach at Iowa, was a six-time Midlands Champion. 66% of fans voted for him to win the contest, beating out four-time champion Cael Sanderson.

This year, Illinois was the tournament’s team winner, with Virginia Tech close behind in second place, and Oklahoma in third.

Check out some of the history of the famous tournament. What was your favorite part of this year’s tournament? Post below and let us know.

Roy Conrad and Denny McCabe were honored at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championship
Original Midland Champions Roy Conrad and Denny McCabe were honored at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Founder of the Midlands Championships, Ken Kraft, was honored at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championship
Founder of the Midlands Championships, Ken Kraft, was honored at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championship
Jason Welch of Northwestern is declared winner of the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championship
Jason Welch of Northwestern is declared winner of the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championship.