Boone Central Invite ChampionsPosted:
The Kearney High Varsity wrestling team claimed another tournament championship Saturday at the Boone Central Invitational. This tournament featured David City and O’Neil who are the number one and two ranked teams in Class C. Kearney finished in first with 232 points, with David City in second at 217 points, and O’Neil in third with 169 points. Brackets were either double elimination or round robin style depending on the number of wrestlers entered in the weight class.
Kearney claimed seven individual championships and three runner ups. Gabe Crocker (106lbs) finished second in his 5 man round robin bracket. Crocker’s only loss was to Trent Daro of David City who is currently ranked 1 in Class C. Jordan Bober went 5-0 at 113 pounds and defeated Wyatt Phillips of David City in a team battle match up to win his championship. Isaac Stansbury returned to action and claimed not only the 120 pound championship but also his 100th career win. Stansbury went 3-0 on the day with two pins and a major decision. Damon Rodriguez went 5-0 at 126 pounds and defeated Jon Marvin of O’Neill in the finals. Rodriguez scored an exciting last second reversal to seal the victory against Marvin. Dante Rodriguez claimed another tournament championship picking up a decision victory in the finals over Joseph Gilham of O’Neill. The 138 pound championship was an electrifying matchup between Trevor Bigelow of Kearney vs Jaydon Elge of Nebraska Christian. Bigelow came from behind to tie the score and win the match in overtime 8-6.
Senior Derek Berumen went 2-2 on the day and finished fourth at 145 pounds. Mason Merritt wrestled with passion throughout the day and finished in third place Merritt (152 lbs) was 4-1 on the day for the Bearcats. James Chamberlain finished second in the 160 pound round robin bracket. His only loss was to David Procheska of David City 4-3. At 170 pounds Cameron Schlender finished the day 3-1 and in second place. Schlender lost to a ranked wrestler from O’Neill David Fox. Leo Palamo picked up his first career varsity win to finish 5th at 182 pounds. Jake Culey also notched another win at 195 pounds and finished fourth in a tough field of competition.
The big boys solidified the team victory for the Bearcats. Aaron Griffith pinned Charles Krueger of Pierce in the finals at 220 pounds. At heavyweight Gabe Ledesma finished off the day with a major decision over Trevor Fozzard of David City 12-4.
The Bearcats will be in North Platte next Saturday, February 8th for the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference championship. This tournament features a talented pool including Scottsbluff, Lexington, Hastings, Norfolk, Columbus, North Platte, and McCook.