Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Bearcats Finish Second in Impressive Field

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The Kearney High wrestling team finished second at the 60th annual Rocky Welton Invitational hosted in Garden City, Kansas. The Bearcats led for the majority of the second day, only to be surpassed by Goodard, Kansas by a final score of 226 to 221. This tournament featured 37 teams from 4 different states.

The Bearcats put three wrestlers into the championship final. Phillip Moomey defeated Jace Koelzer from Olathe South 8-4 to win the 126-pound weight class. Nick James and Lee Herrington both fell short in their finals matchups to nationally ranked opponents.

Seniors Teontae Wilson and Sean Jackson battled to 3rd place finishes. Wilson (145 lbs) picked up a pin against Trey Medina from Garden City in the third-place match. Jackson (195 lbs) defeated Colton Eberhardt from Lamar, Kansas who had beaten him earlier in the tournament. Dallyn Ritchie (106) and Brayden Smith (113lbs) both finished 4th in their weight bracket with 4-2 records for the weekend. Gage Ferguson finished 6th at 120 pounds with a 3-3 record.

Other placers for Kearney were: Colten Kowalek 10th at 132 pounds, Jud Kuchera 12th place at 152 pounds, Matt Oliphant 9th place at 160 pounds, Gus Franzen 11th place at 160 pounds, Tyler Tracy 10th place at 170 pounds, Steven Berumen 13th place at 182 pounds, and Conner Brown 8th place at 220 pounds.

“I think we wrestled well on the back side but left some points out there that would have made the difference in the team race,” said Senior Sean Jackson.

Kearney has their senior night dual on Thursday vs Grand Island and will compete in the GNAC conference tournament on Saturday in Lexington. This will wrap up regular season competition for the Bearcats.