Kearney High School won the John Higgins invitational over a tough field of highly rated teams. The Bearcats finished with 199.5 points to win the championship. Runner up Lincoln Southwest had 192.5 points and third place Hastings finished with 176 points.
The JV wrestlers were back in action on Saturday, competing in Lexington at the John Higgins JV Invite. The Bearcats dominating once again finishing the day in the top spot and medal 22 wrestlers including seven champions.
Kearney Varsity and Junior Varsity wrestled head to head with North Platte at home Thursday. The atmosphere was electric and featured over 100 students in singlets cheering on their Bearcat Wrestlers. The evening started with the Junior Varsity winning 7 of the 11 matches, followed by the varsity capturing victories in 13 of the 14 bouts.
Kearney JV wrestlers took the championship at the SEM invite competing against 16 teams and coming out on top with 183 team points to second place North Platte St. Pat’s 130 team points. The Bearcats claim the gold for the fourth consecutive year.
The Kearney JV wrestlers traveled to Franklin on Saturday with high hopes claiming the team championship just as they had done the previous year. At the end of the day the Bearcats came up just short of team championship trophy by only three points to Oberlin. The Oberlin Red Devils of Kansas scored 188 team points to Kearney’s 185 at the Franklin Invite. The Bearcats met the Red Devils in three head to head matches in the finals in which they won two of the three. Overall the competition was at a high level with 17 teams competing and featuring a few returning state champions back. The Bearcats did manage to medal 12 wrestlers with one champion, and two runner ups.
The Bearcats competed at Gothenburg Thursday and collected their fair share of hardware including eight gold medals, six silver medals, and six bronze medals. The bearcats were strong in every weight class placing in all but two weight classes. The bearcats finished with a team score of 274.5 over second place Gothenburg with 169 team points.
For the second year in a row, Kearney High School claimed the Lincoln North Star Gator Invitational championship. The Bearcats finished with 233 points ahead of runner up Bellevue West at 154 points. The invitational featured 11 class A teams from Omaha, Lincoln, and Fremont.
The JV Bearcats cut their break short to travel up the road to Pleasanton on Tuesday. The Bearcats took two teams to compete in the 9 team tournament. The Kearney JV Gold team won the tournament with four champions, four runner-ups, three third places, and two fourth place finishes. The Kearney JV Blue team took the runner-up spot finishing with one champion, five runner-ups, one third place, and four fourth place finishes.