Kearney High started making noise long before Tuesday’s dual with Grand Island began.
When it started, the Bearcats roared out of the gates. With two pins in the first three matches, second-ranked Kearney lit a fuse that resulted in a 42-13 victory over third-ranked Grand Island.
For the second year in a row, the Kearney High wrestling team finished in 3rd place out of a 32 team pool at the 58th Rocky Welton Invitational. This invitational featured teams from 4 different states and 6 of the top 7 teams were ranked in the top 2 in their respective classes.
The Bearcats placed 4th out of 15 teams in teams scores and placing 11 wrestlers with 9 wrestlers receiving medals. The reserve JV Bearcats had 7 champions in the brackets on the JV side of the tournament as well.
The Kearney High Wrestling team rallied 17 of 18 wins in junior varsity competition followed by 12 of 14 wins in varsity match ups to top the Bulldog wrestling team 63-8.
North Platte was open at 106 and 195 pounds, surrendering 12 points to the Bearcats at those weight classes in varsity competition.
The Bearcats claimed the championship at the Midwest Duals for the second consecutive year. Kearney went 5-0 in duals finishing with a victory over Gretna in the championship finals. Gretna had previously defeated Kearney in the finals of the Flatwater Fracas in December.
Kearney wrestlers defeated the 3rd ranked Columbus wrestling team 35 – 25 in front of an electric crowd. This dual was wrestled side by side with the University of Nebraska at Kearney Loper wrestling team taking on the Broncos from University of Central Oklahoma.
The Bearcats competed side by side this weekend some the best high schools teams in state as well as surrounding states and colleges as well. The Bearcats placed 6th overall going 3-2 and placing second in the silver pool.
The Bearcat wrestling team won the Lincoln Northstar Gator Invitational for the third straight year. This invitational features 11 teams from Nebraska Class A. Kearney finished with 220.5 points ahead of runner up Lincoln Pius who had 153 points.
The Kearney Bearcats finished second in the 17 team field scoring 160.0 points only 9 points shy of the champions of Oberlin Kansas with 169 points.
The Bearcats battled through some tough rounds which at one point landed them in 9th place after stumbling in the quarter finals. The Bearcats bounced back into the top 3 after the consolation semis putting points on the board where they mattered the most.
The JV Gold and JV Blue Bearcats competed this past Tuesday in Pleasanton. The JV Gold placed third in the 10 team field. The Gold team placed several wrestlers including a 113 champion in Colten Kowalek who went 3-0 including to falls and a major decision.