Bearcats finished second out of 39 teamsPosted:
Kearney High battled through a talented pool of 39 teams to finished as the tournament runner-up at the Council Bluffs Classic. This tournament featured teams from 5 different states in including 14 teams ranked in the top 10 of their state. Three of these teams are currently ranked in the top 50 nationally.
Gage Ferguson (113lbs) was the lone champion for the Bearcats. He defeated Carson Taylor from Fort Dodge, Iowa in the finals with a 5-2 decision. Nick James (138lbs) and Lee Herrington (WHT) both finished second with a 6-1 record. James won by either technical fall or pin over 5 of his 6 opponents before losing in overtime in the championship final to Sebas Swinggum from Apple Valley, Minnesota. Herrington also pinned all but one of his opponents before coming up short in overtime against Caleb Sanders from Glenwood, Iowa.
Junior Phillip Moomey battled a star-studded field to finish in 3rd place at 126lbs. Moomey was 6-1 in the tournament along with senior Sean Jackson who also finished in 3rd at 195lbs. Moomey lost in a back in forth match in the semifinal against #4 nationally ranked Penn State recruit Brody Teske from Fort Dodge, Iowa by a 7-5 decision. He rebounded to defeat multiple time state champion Jace Koelzer from Olathe South 3-1 in the consolation final.
Teontae Wilson (145lbs) reached the semifinals with 5 victories including a pin over the second-ranked wrestler in the Nebraska Class A rankings. Wilson came up short in his last two matches eventually finishing fourth for the Bearcats.
Gauge McBride fought through a tough field of opponents to finish in sixth place at 132 pounds. Daylln Ritchie suffered an early loss on day 1 of competition but rebounded to win the silver bracket at 106 pounds with a 6-1 tournament record. Other Bearcat wrestler finishes were: Rylie Steel (13th), Jud Kuchera (13th), Gus Franzen (10th), Jeremiah Hagemann (21st), Steven Berumen (11th) and Dominic Tavis (19th).
The Bearcats will be back in wrestling action at the Flatwater Fracas this Friday and Saturday in Grand Island. This is a 32 team dual tournament. Kearney has finished runner-up the last three years in this tournament.