Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Bearcats Compete With The Midwest’s Best


The Council Bluffs Classic has proven to be one of the toughest tournaments in the Midwest. This year was no exception as the this tournament featured nationally ranked teams as well as top ranked teams from Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Kearney High School battled through the two day format competition to finish 3rd out of 38 teams in the field. Bearcat sophomores Nick James and Phillip Moomey led the way by finishing third in their respective weight classes. Moomey was able to avenge losses from last year over three different opponents including Jack Huffman from Millard West who was the state champion at 113 pounds last season. Nick James defeated top ranked wrestlers from both Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska to finish 3rd at 132 pounds.

“I wrestled smart through all positions and didn’t give up big points even against top competition.”Phillip Moomey (So. – 120 lbs.)

“This weekend I think we showed everyone what we’re really capable of starting with the Skutt dual on Thursday”Nick James (So. – 132 lbs.)

Heavyweight Lee Herrington finished 6-2 and in fourth place at heavyweight. Herrington defeated another highly ranked wrestler from Plattsmouth in the quarterfinals before dropping his last two matches. Brayden Smith only lost one match on the weekend. He finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record at 106 pounds.

Teontae Wilson was 6-2 and finished in sixth place at 145 pounds. Wilson picked up four pins on the weekend. Other placers were Sean Jackson (7th) at 195 pounds and Trey Grube (8th) at 160 pounds. Reece Nicol also was the champion of the silver bracket at 170 pounds. Nicol won four straight matches on day 2 to claim victory over Gabe Warren of Sargent Bluff by fall in the finals.

Kearney High will be back in varsity wrestling action next Friday and Saturday at the Grand Island Fracas. This is a dual tournament that features 32 teams. The Bearcats have finished runner up at this event the past two season.

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