Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Bearcats Go 7-0 Over Three Busy Days

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Bearcats pick up two wins on the road
Kearney picked up a pair of dual wins on the road Thursday in North Platte and Friday in Lincoln.

On Thursday, the Bearcats defeated North Platte 54-20. In the opening matchup between Jordan Barber and Kearney’s Gage Ferguson. Barber won in overtime 4-2. Kearney then rolled off five straight wins, Phillip Moomey, Teontae Wilson, and Jud Kuchera all picked up pins, Nick James also added a technical fall.

The Bulldogs picked up wins at both 160 and 170 before Kearney added another string of wins, including pins from seniors Conner Brown (220 lbs) and Lee Herrington (HWT). Daylln Ritchie added a major decision victory over Jaylan Ruffin 13-1 to finish of the dual for Kearney.
On Friday, the Bearcat wrestlers traveled to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to match up with class B number 1 ranked Omaha Skutt Catholic. This dual was held prior to the Huskers taking on the Boilermakers from Purdue.

After receiving a forfeit at the 106-pound weight class, Kearney dropped the opening matchup at 113 pounds with Omaha Skutt wrestler Caleb Lazure defeating Brayden Smith 3-1 in overtime. The next seven matches went in the Bearcats favor, six by fall.
Omaha Skutt picked up a pair of victories at 170 and 182 pounds. Kearney then finished with victories at 195, 220, and Heavyweight. Conner Brown (220 lbs) and Lee Herrington (HWT) both picked up pins against their opponents to close out the dual.

“We are proud of the way our team wrestled the past two days”, said Kearney head coach Ty Swarm. “Wrestling here at UNL was a great experience for our kids, we are thankful for the opportunity to do this”.

Midwest Duals

Kearney High School wrapped up a 3-day wrestling stent with a team championship at the Midwest Duals. The Bearcats defeated 5 teams on their way to the dual tournament championship.
The Bearcats opened up with a 64-9 victory over Augusta, Kansas and then followed up with a perfect dual score 84-0 over Sedgwick County, Colorado. After a round-off, Kearney shut out another Colorado high school, defeating Chaparral 76-0. The Bearcats finished pool wrestling competition with a 50-22 victory over Broomfield, Colorado to advance to the tournament championship against class A number 1 ranked Gretna.

Kearney found themselves in a hole early as Gretna won the first 3 weight classes to take an early 15-0 lead in the dual. Sean Jackson sparked his team by picking up a first-period pin to put the Bearcats on the board 15-6. Gretna responded with a pin of their own at the 220-pound weight classes but Lee Herrington quickly balanced this with a pin for Kearney at Heavyweight. This brought the score to 21-12 in favor of Gretna.

Then the Bearcats caught fire, picking up pins in the next 4 weight classes including a pin by Phillip Moomey at 126 pounds over the Van Schmidt who is currently ranked second in Class A behind Moomey in this weight class. This put Kearney in the lead 36-12.

Gretna picked up wins at 132 pounds and 152 pounds. Nick James added another solid decision over class A second-ranked Tyler Cunningham at 138 pounds and Teontae Wilson pinned Tristan Towey at 145 pounds to solidify the win for the Bearcats. Towey is currently ranked 6th at 145 pounds in class A. Final dual score was 45-28 Kearney.

This Thursday, January 18th, Kearney will host Columbus high school in a home dual. During this dual Kearney high school will be honoring the 1998 state wrestling championship team. Junior varsity action starts at 6 pm and the varsity dual will begin at 7 pm.