At some point or another in life, everyone will deal with tragedy. Unfortunately for the community of Minneapolis and their school district, they found that out first hand earlier this month. Head wrestling and football coach at Minneapolis High School, Jeff Giles, who was, by all accounts in good health, collapsed at the Phillipsburg Panther Classic on February 8th, the following Tuesday, February 11th, he passed away in Wichita at the age of 50.
Giles was a very well-respected member of the Kansas coaching community. He spent 26 years in the Minneapolis school system. He touched many lives. It was with that in mind, that two area coaches decided that something needed to be done to honor Giles at the upcoming KSHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments. Brock Hutchinson from Smith Center and Joe Buresh from Phillipsburg spearheaded the idea, and they are asking for all of the wrestlers that qualified for this weekend’s state tournaments at the 3-2-1A level to honor Giles by wearing a decal on their headgear. Smith Center head coach Brock Hutchinson explains in more detail the reason behind the decal and what they are requesting of the athletes.
The decals honoring Jeff Giles will be available at Gross Memorial Coliesum in Hays for the athletes competing in the 3-2-1A State Tournament.