Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Bearcats have busy weekend at the SEM and HAC JV Tournaments


SEM Invite
JV Bearcats claim third at the SEM invite emerging with two individual champions and seven placers.

The JV Bearcats had a great day at the SEM Mustang invite with 126 Cisco Rivas claiming yet another gold medal for the day. Cisco went undefeated for the day and defeated Garet Latimer of Southwest in the finals with a very close match with Cisco winning 8-6. Tyson Cepel also put together another great day going undefeated at 152 and pinning Matthew Van Pelt of Southwest in the finals.

“These two guys are becoming the anchors of our team. I can’t say enough about Cisco. For only being a freshman this kid has talent. He is consistently finding himself on top of the podium and puts up serious points for the team race each and every week. Tyson has been a consistent since day one. As he battles off and on for a varsity spot, he competes hard each week in and out. He is truly a battle warrior and fun to watch on the mat.”-Coach Clark

The team overall had a great showing on the podium at the end of the day. Flavia Nagatani (106) placed 4th, Ethan Lawrence placed 4th at 113, Nick Sutton placed 4th at 132, Tate Kuchera placed second at 138 as well as Kaden Bonner placing 4th at 138. Breckon White wrestled well for the day and took 3rd place beating Tom Peterson of Axtell in a tight 3-2 win. Finishing up the day for the Bearcats, Asher Wedige placed 4th at 220.

JV HAC Tournament
The JV Bearcats claim the runner-up spot in the first ever JV HAC conference.
The JV Bearcats rolled into town on a blustery winter day to claim the runner-up spot and battle with rival Lincoln East. Both teams both brought heat to the tournament and battled back and forth the entire day for the first and second place finish. The Bearcats put several wrestlers in the finals as well as Lincoln East. The day belonged to Lincoln East though with the Bearcats coming up just short of the team title.

The Bearcats had five individual champions and 12 placers for the day. The champions on the day were Ethan Lawrence at 113, once again Cisco Rivas at 126, Nick Sutton at 132, Tate Kuchera and Kaden Bonner at 138. “All of these guys deserved to be on top of that podium on Saturday. They all went through a grind the last three days competing at the dual, SEM and then on Saturday at conference. Every single one of them work hard in the room and prove themselves week in and week out. I love having guys like this on our team that are our future of the program.”-Coach Clark

It was an exciting day for the Bearcats who battled it out to end up the runner-ups. Others that found themselves on the podium were Flavia Nagatani(106) placing 4th, (120) Brock Broweleit placing 3rd and Gilberto Ramirez placing 4th. At 126 A.J. Nagatani placed 2nd putting together a very impressive day before facing off against teammate Cisco Rivas in the finals. The 132 bracket was dominated by the Bearcats with Nick Sutton being the champ followed by Miguel Molina placing second and Jakob Ransdell placing third. At 145, Brenton Tobaben placed third and Tyson Cepel placed 2nd at 152 and Dylan Welsh placing 4th at 152. Breckon White put a run together to take the second for the day at 160 while Riley Johnson placed 4th at 182. In the 220A bracket, Asher Wedige placed second for the day losing a tough 7-2 match against Nate Folmer of Lincoln Southeast.

The Bearcats have another busy week ahead of them starting with a dual in Columbus on Thursday followed by two days of the midwest duals at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday.

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