FHC 2014 athletic hall of fame announced

Zach Gerler [‘06], Kyle Bradley [‘09], and Pierre Desir [‘08] become inductees for athletic hall of fame.


Chloe Siebels

Kyle Bradley is being honored by wrestlers and fans during his induction into the FHC Hall of Fame.

On Nov. 26, the FHC athletic hall of fame announced the alumni being inducted this year. The inductees are former soccer and baseball player Zach Gerler [class of ‘06], Mizzou wrestler Kyle Bradley [class of ‘09], and Lindenwood football player Pierre Desir [class of ‘08].

Bradley, being inducted on Dec. 11, was a wrestler from 2005 to 2009 at FHC and continued wrestling at Mizzou. During his time at FHC, Bradley was a four-time GAC Champion, a four-time District Champion, and a four-time member of the GAC All-Academic team. He was named captain of the wrestling team his junior and senior year. Bradley was also a four-time State Medalist, winning second place at 103 lbs. as a freshman, third place at 119 lbs. as a sophomore, third place at 130 lbs. as a junior, and third place at 140 lbs. as a senior. Bradley still holds numerous records for the school: Career Wins with 191, Career Pins with 103, Career Takedowns with 795, Career Team Points with 1,041, and Single Season Pins with 33.

“His induction is extremely deserved, and he made a huge impact in our wrestling program,” said head wrestling coach Steve Cross. “He holds nearly all of the records and has an incredible resume. He is a great example of what we want our wrestlers to be like.”

Bradley wrestled at Mizzou, where he was a four-year starter, a captain as a senior and is now ranked #6 in the nation at 157 lbs. He is a three-time NCAA Division One Tournament Qualifier, a two-time Big Twelve Conference Runner-up, and a MAC Conference Runner-up.

Bradley received the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award in 2012 which awards student-athletes who overcame personal, academic, or emotional odds to achieve academic success while in athletics. He was also awarded the University of Missouri Athletics Male Highlight of the Year in 2013 after beating the current National Champion at the National Duals.

Bradley graduated Mizzou in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. He is attending graduate school for a Masters of Education with an emphasis of Counseling Psychology and a focus on Positive Coaching.

“We are very excited to induct him into our Hall of Fame,” said Activities Director Scott Harris. “He is one of the most decorated and accomplished student-athletes, not to come out of FHC, but to come out of the whole district.”