Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Bearcats finish 2nd out of 31 teams at Rocky Welton Invitational


Lee Herrington claimed and individual heavyweight championship at the Rocky Welton Invitational to help lead Kearney High School to its highest finish in recent years. The Bearcats finished second out of 31 teams, only 8 points behind nationally ranked Pomona High School out of Colorado.

“This was a great test for our team. This tournament is loaded with talent and gave us a great understanding of what we will be looking like going into the state tournament. Our team competed well and we are happy with what we saw” Ty Swarm

Nick James and Phillip Moomey both finished runner up in their respective weight classes. Both James and Moomey defeated retuning Kansas state champions in their semi-final matches. Teontae Wilson also reached the semifinal round only to come up short, eventually finishing in sixth place at 145 pounds.

Freshman Brayden Smith put together a string of victories after a loss in the quarterfinals to finish in 5th place at 106 pounds. Smith finished the weekend with a 5-2 record. Junior Sean Jackson also won three matches in a row in the consolation bracket to finish in 6th place at 195 pounds.

Other Bearcats placers at the Rocky Welton were: Rylie Steele (113lbs) and Trey Grube (160lbs) in 7th place, Reece Nicol (170lbs) 8th place and Tyler Tracy (182lbs) in 9th place.

Kearney High will have their last dual of the regular season on Thursday, February 2nd at Grand Island. They follow up that weekend hosting the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference in Kearney on Saturday, February 4th.

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