Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Bearcats Finish Runner-Up in 30 team Dual Tournament


The grapplers from Kearney High School reached the finals at the Flatwater Fracas for the third year in a row. The Bearcats dominated their pool duals with wins over Lincoln Southeast 63-9, Doniphan Trumbull 70-12, Mead, Colorado 71-6, and Papillion LaVista South 64-6. In the championship pool Kearney defeated Bennington 53-10 and Papillion LaVista 60-5 before falling short in the championship dual to Gretna 39-33.

“We had some outstanding performances throughout or 7 duals. Even in the dual we lost we won some big matches and put ourselves in a position to win the dual” head coach Ty Swarm

Five Bearcat wrestlers were undefeated on the weekend. Phillip Moomey (120 pounds), Nick James (132 pounds), Reece Nicol (170 pounds), Izzy Bautista (220 pounds), and Heavyweight Lee Herrington all finished 7-0 in dual competition. Brayden Smith (106 pounds), Teontae Wilson (145 pounds) and Trey Grube (160 pounds) all finished with 6-1 records, each picked up a win over a state ranked opponent. Teontae Wilson had a big win over Josh Benak from Papillion LaVista South who is currently ranked at 145 pounds. Freshman Riley Steele also redeemed a early season loss by defeating 3rd ranked Nolan Niemiec from Papillion LaVista 7-4.

“We were battling every match and our offensive style of wrestling proved to be to much for a lot of teams there. We’re a close knit team and we’ll continue to battle the rest of the season”Trey Grube (Sr. 160 lbs.)

After dominating their first 6 duals the Bearcats found themselves in a heated battle with Class B top ranked Gretna. The dual provided plenty of pins from both teams. Kearney racked up four pins while Gretna pinned the Bearcats in 6 out of their 7 wins. Those pins ultimately proved to be the deciding factor as Gretna pull away in the last matchup of the dual to defeat Kearney 39-33.

“I felt like we really came together and wrestled tough, and I thought some of our best wrestling was on display at the Fracas.”Reece Nicol (Sr. 160 lbs.)

Kearney wrestlers will be off until January when they return to the mat the first week of the new year at the Gator Invite hosted by Lincoln North Star.

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