Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Dominant at Boone Central

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Tommie Kucera takes down an opponent at the Boone Central Invitational.
Tommie Kucera takes down an opponent at the Boone Central Invitational.
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The Bearcat junior varsity and varsity wrestling teams competed side by side at the Boone Central Invitational this past weekend. The tournament featured 12 teams from central and eastern Nebraska.

The junior varsity competition was organized into round robin brackets. The bearcats dominated the field with 14 champions on the day. Several of these championships were at the same weight class due to the round robin format.

Josh Ross continued his dominance on the season with another championship at 106 pounds. Ashton Arrants and Cody Troudt also claimed championships at 120 pounds. Bryce Bottorf was the champion of the 126 pound division while Brady White and Drake Wilkerson both claimed championships in the 132 pound weight division. The Bearcats added another double division championship at 138 pounds with both Dalton Hellman and Zane Hamaker claiming victory. Hudson Snider won the 145 pound division as did Tommie Kucera at 152 pounds. Kason Halva wrestled less than one minute in both his matches claiming two pins along his way to the 160 pound championship. Easton Hanson was the champion at 182 pounds. Aaron Griffith and Gabe Ledesma continue their winning ways by winning the 220 pound and Heavyweight divisions respectively.

The varsity squad displayed their dominance on the field as well. The Bearcats finished the day with 266.5 points and 8 individual champions. This is the most individual championships for Kearney high school wrestling this season.

Gabe Crocker (106lbs) earned his first varsity championship with a 7-5 decision victory over Tyler Ganskow of Madison. Isaac Stansbury earned a hard fought win in the finals at 113 pounds with an overtime victory against Joseph Gillham of O’Neill. Hunter Bamford picked up his 151st career win in the finals against Erick Vargas of Omaha Westside. Bamford set the career wins record for Kearney high school over the weekend surpassing Tim Crocker (149 wins). Austin Marshall kept the momentum going by picking up a fall against Blake Walters from O’Neil who was a state runner up last season. Senior Kalen Mazankowski continued his undefeated streak by picking up a championship final pin against Jesse Albarran from O’Neil. Trey Schlender battled through several tough opponents to earn the championship at 182 pounds with a 4-1 decision over David City’s Wyatt Kastl. At 220 pounds Quinton Ross wasted little time claiming victory over Thomas Schipporeit of O’Neil by fall in the first period. Finally, Taylor Towery finished the championship run for the Bearcats with a 9-1 decision at heavyweight over Aron Reynaga of Madison.

Scott Bauer battled back from an early loss to claim third place with a fall against Jerrod Eickmeier from David City Aquinas. Lee Lagenberg (170lbs) and Mason Merritt (138lbs) also picked up some wins and placed 5th for the Bearcats.

The varsity team will be in action again at the GNAC wrestling tournament in Scottsbluff this coming Saturday, February 2nd. Junior varsity will travel to Grand Island Central Catholic for their invitational the same day.

View Results from the Boone Central Invitational – Varsity

View Results from the Boone Central Invitational – Junior Varsity

View Pictures from the Boone Central Invitational


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