Bearcats Finish As State Runner UpsPosted:
The Bearcats of Kearney High School finished as a the Class A State runner up at the NSAA wrestling championships. Kearney accumulated 8 medalists to total 130.5 points, bettering 3rd place Columbus who had 117. Millard South was the State Champion with 169 points.
On an emotional last day of wrestling Kearney High pushed their limits to solidify second place. Going into the day Kearney trailed Columbus by 15 points in the race for the runner up position.
Andy Mason earned a 6th place medal after defeating Wyatt Knudsen from Elkhorn South High School in the heartbreak medal round. Phillip Moomey finished in 5th place after picking up a major decision victory over Michael Bridgeford from Omaha Burke. Heavyweight Lee Herrington also finished in 5th place due to medical forfeit.
Trey Grube battled into the consolation finals by defeating Josh Kohl from Norfolk to claim 4th place at 160 pounds. Fellow Junior Leo Palomo also finished in 4th place at 182 pounds by defeating Alex Thompson from Norfolk with an overtime takedown.
Freshman Nick James powered back to a third place finish after a narrow defeat in the semifinals. James defeated Aiden Arnold from Lincoln High 6-1 in the consolation finals. Ashton Arrants used an overtime takedown of Jake Oltman from Lincoln Southwest to claim third place at 138 pounds. Trevar Bigelow followed up with his own third place finish by defeating Connor Olin from Millard South 6-4.
This is the first State runner up for the Bearcats since 2011. This is also the most state placers for Kearney in this time frame. Kearney High School will be back on the mats this Saturday at the NSAA State Dual Championships as the second seed in the tournament. Wrestling action starts at 10:30am at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Health and Sports Center.