Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Bearcats Place 7th at Council Bluffs Classic


In a loaded field with 41 teams from 5 different states, Kearney High School finished in 7th place at the Council Bluffs Classic. The Bearcats had 5 placers in what is considered to be one of the toughest tournaments in the Midwest.

Archer Heelan and Brayden Smith both reached the championship finals. Heelan defeated a top ranked wrestler from both Kansas and Iowa in the quarterfinals and semifinals prior to falling short in the championship match up at 113 pounds. Smith defeated top ranked Logan James from Underwood, Iowa prior to falling 3-0 in the finals to the number one ranked wrestler from Nebraska at 138 pounds.

Alex Hunt made a statement in the two day tournament finishing in 6th place at 195 pounds. Hunt avenged an earlier loss by pinning Dayton Keolavone from Grand Island in the wrestle backs on the second day of competition.

Other placers for the Bearcats were Gauge McBride who finished in 7th place at 152 pounds and Rylie Steele who claimed 8th place at 126 pounds. McBride was 6-2 on the weekend and Steele finished with a 5-3 record.

“This is a great tournament for us to wrestle at early in the season,” said coach Ty Swarm. “It allows us to evaluate where we are at and where we are going with each of our wrestlers.”

“We had a bunch of guys show some growth and positive things throughout the last two days.”

The Bearcats are back in action this Friday and Saturday at the Grand Island Fracas this Friday and Saturday. This will be the first dual competition of the season for Kearney High School. Wrestling starts at 11:00am on Friday.

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