Bearcats Win Home InvitationalPosted:
Kearney High School claimed the top spot at their home invitational which featured 4 of the top 5 class A rated teams. The Bearcats finished in first place with 218 points with Lincoln Southwest and Columbus placing 2nd and 3rd place with 195 and 181 points. Kearney finished with 3 individual champions, 2 runner ups, and 6 third place finishers.
Salvidor Aguirre won his first high school championship at 106 pounds. He defeated Blayne Kile from Hastings in the championship final 2-1. Phillip Moomey follow up with his first championship at 113 pounds. Moomey pinned all three of his opponents on the day. He defeated Branton Flanders from North Platte in the championship final by fall in 3:49. Trevar Bigelow won the 152 pound weight class by defeating Chris Doty from Grand Island 6-2. Doty was a second at the State Tournament last season.
Gabe Crocker had a come from behind victory in his semifinal match up with Nick Sadd from Hastings. Crocker was later defeated in the championship final by Carter Woehlik from Columbus. Ashton Arrants defeated a tough opponent from Grand Island in his semifinal match up. Arrants then was defeated by top ranked Jake Oltman from Lincoln Southwest in the championship final.
The Bearcats had six wrestlers finish third in their respective weight classes. Jordan Bober (120lbs), Nick James (132lbs), Parker James (145lbs), Steven Berumen (160lbs), Tim Dubry (195lbs), and Israel Bautista (Heavyweight). Five of the six consolation championship victories came by fall.
Other Bearcat placers were Andy Mason (182lbs) finishing in 4th place. Sean Jackson finished in 5th place at 220 pounds. Jackson pinned Danny Tran from Hastings for the 5th place finish. Avery Carpenter also battled for the Bearcats at 170 pounds. Carpenter lost two hard fought battles.
Kearney High School will continue action next Friday and Saturday at the Council Bluffs Classic. This tournament features 32 of the top teams throughout the midwest.