Bearcats Finish 3rd at NSAA State Dual ChampionshipsPosted:
The Kearney High wrestling team finished third at the NSAA State Dual Championships hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Bearcats opened action with a win over Papillion LaVista before falling to eventual champion Grand Island in the semifinals. Kearney High finished with a victory over last years dual championship team Omaha Burke to finish in third place.
In the opening round Kearney High defeated Papillion LaVista 42-24. The dual started at 182 pounds with Tim Dubry igniting his team with a pin over Jacob Dinges from Papillion. Papillion then evened the score when Kyle Emerick pinned Jake Culey at 195 pounds. Aaron Griffith picked up a decision victory at 220 pounds over Gabe Patras 5-3 and Papillion LaVista then forfeited at heavyweight giving the Bearcats a 15 – 6 lead. The two teams then traded pins again at 106 and 113 pounds. Gabe Crocker pinned Rhett Dasher from Papillion and Mike Conley picked up a fall against Josh Ross from Kearney. State Champion Isaac Stansbury picked up another pin for the Bearcats at 120 pounds. Stansbury pinned Thomas Cahill in 2:57. Joey Perez picked up a decision victory for Papillon over Ashton Arrants from Kearney at 126 pounds. Damon Rodriguez followed this with a pin at 132 pounds over Austin McDonald from Papillon. This was Damon’s 100th win of his career. Papillon forfeited the 138 pound weight class to Dante Rodriguez and Derek Berumen pulled out a overtime victory over Brendan Crews from Papillon. At 152 pounds Mason Merritt lost in overtime to Reilly Carlow from Papillion. LaVista was also able to pick up wins in the last two weight classes (160 and 170 pounds).
In the semifinals the Bearcats matched up with eventual champion Grand Island. The Islanders moved some wrestlers around in their line up to take an early 17-0 lead. This was a result of a pin at 195 pounds by Grand Island’s Gabe Grinnell over Jake Culey, a technical fall by Edgar Silva over Aaron Griffith, and a pin by Chase Reis over Gabe Ledesma from Kearney. Gabe Crocker put the Bearcats on the board with a decision victory over Miguel Hernandez from Grand Island 2-1. Grand Island then picked up a pin from Skylar Schmidt over Josh Ross from Kearney. Isaac Stansbury received a forfeit at 120 pounds bring the team score to 23-9. Kearney’s Ashton Arrants lost by decision to Blake Coen 12-8 at 126 pounds. Damon Rodriguez moved up to 132 pounds to defeat Dante Todd 4-0. The Islanders forfeited to Dante Rodriguez at 138 pounds and then Andrew Rojas of Grand Island picked up a technical fall at 145 pounds over Derek Berumen. The Bearcats rebounded with Trevar Bigelow picking up a decision victory at 152 pounds over Rigo Barragan of Grand Island. Kearney then lost their next two match ups. Grand Island picked up a victory at 160 pounds with Jared Fortune defeating Mason Merritt of Kearney 8-2 and Billy Thompson pinning James Chamberlain at 170 pounds. Grand Island forfeited the 182 pound weight class to Cameron Schlender of Kearney to finish with a 41-27 victory.
In the consolation finals the Bearcats defeated Omaha Burke 42-20. Aaron Griffith picked up a decision victory at 220 pounds over Drew Manganaro from Burke 8-1. Omaha Burke then returned the favor at heavyweight picking up a decision victory with Andrew Pistillo defeating Gabe Ledesma 5-2. Gabe Crocker picked up the first pin of the dual over Joey Harrison from Burke. Josh Ross notched his first win of the tournament at 113 pounds with a decision victory over Michael Bridgeford from Burke 12-4. Isaac Stansbury followed with a major decision over Alec Gibson 12-0. At 126 pounds Damon Rodriguez pinned Omaha Burke’s Brandon Plambeck in 1:26. The 132 pound bout provided a rematch of the State finals from the previous week. Kearney’s Dante Rodriguez pinned Connor Fox from Burke in just over a minute to give the Bearcats a 29-3 lead. Zane Hamaker picked up a decision victory at 138 pounds over Brandon Siorass from Burke 5-3. Omaha Burke won the next two weight classes. At 145 pounds Jared Green won by decision over Trevar Bigelow 8-3 and Patrick Kelly won by technical fall over Mason Merritt at 152 pounds. Senior James Chamberlain picked up a 8-0 decision victory over Jayden Peterson from Burke. Kearney’s Cameron Schlender followed with a pin at 170 pounds over Chandler Waugh from Omaha Burke. Omaha Burke won the last two weight classes with a decision victory at 182 pounds and a pin at 195 pounds. The final score of the dual was 42 – 20 with Kearney High School finishing in third place.