Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Junior Varsity Takes Control at Higgins Invitational


The JV wrestlers were back in action on Saturday, competing in Lexington at the John Higgins JV Invite. The Bearcats dominating once again finishing the day in the top spot and medal 22 wrestlers including seven champions.

At 106, Christian Dakan placed 3rd for the day on his way he picked up two falls and a tech fall in the finals against Hastings Coley Lacy. Matt Ross claimed the first gold medal going undefeated and pinned all of his opponents at 113. Also at 113, freshman, Koeby Bonner placed 3rd and picking up two pins along the way. At 126, freshman, Teontae Wilson placed 2nd. Wilson wrestled some tough competition on his way to becoming freshman wrestler of the week. Wilson finished his day at 3-1 only to come up just short with an 8-5 defeat to North Platte’s Diego Diaz. Hal Moomey also at 126, finished his day in 6th place including picking up a fall of Hastings Payton Wynn of Hastings in the quarterfinals. At 132, Johnnie McCann padded the stats and respectively won the 132 weight class. In the quarterfinals, McCann battled a tough Nick Sadd of Hastings to win a decision of 11-6. In the championship, McCann went head to head with Nathan Dukart of Millard West. McCann claimed the gold by pinning Dukart. At 138 Teammates Bryce Bottorf and Parker James put together an impressive day of wrestling together before meeting each other in the finals with the outcome in James’ favor, with James sticking Bottorf  in the second period. Sophomore Joe Griffith placed 3rd for the day picking up a pin of Joe Keele of Hastings in the Consolation Semis before facing teammate Cesar Alvarado in the 3rd place match with Griffith defeated Alvarado by a decision of 2-1.

Two extremely tough competitors at 152 made for an exciting day of wrestling for the Bearcats. Dalton Hellman won the 152 weight class with three impressive matches including a fall over Cozad’s Taylor Yancy in the quarterfinals before facing teammate Reece Nicol in the finals which resulted in a close 5-4 decision. Nicol equally had an impressive day with impressive 3 impressive wins including two falls and a tech fall on his way to the finals. Steven Berumen placed 3rd for the day with his only loss to 14-7 Logan Retherford of Beatrice. Like many of the Bearcat wrestlers, Berumen also faced a fellow teammate, Tyler Tracy, in the 3rd place match in which he came out victorious in a close match with a decision of 2-1. At 170, Drake Wilkerson pinned his way to the gold medal, going 4-0 for the day by the way of a fall for all of his opponents. Wilkerson continues to find himself on the top of the podium week in and week out to help his team claim the 1st place continuously. Wilkerson faced Beartices’ James lopez in the championship match in which Lopez fell into a reversal and became stuck by Wilkerson in the second period. Also at 170, Connor Brown placed 3rd for the day picking up a pin and two decisions over opponents before facing Levi Cusatis of Hastings in the 3rd place match in which Brown defeated Cusatis by a decision of 5-2.

First year wrestler Damien Scovill placed fourth for the day. Scovill faced some tough competition but battled back after a first round loss to wrestle in for 3rd place coming up just short losing to Ben Aniello of Millard West. Leo Paloma and Lee Herrington at 195 both wrestled extremely tough throughout the day and found themselves in the finals against each other. Palomo came out victorious, claiming the gold with a decision over Herrington 7-3. Herrington wrestled some tough competition including Bennington’s Tyson Bruce (14-3) in which Herrington throttled Bruce by a way of a fall in the semi finals.  Adrian Martin finished the day wrestling up a weight class to 220. Martin started off rough with a loss in the semi’s against Scott City Kansas’ Garret Osborn. Martin wrestled back in the consolation semi’s to pin Gunnar Pollat of Cozad and pinning Dylan Ostrum of McCook in the 3rd place match. Izzy Bautista continues to shine for the Bearcats and claims yet another gold medal going undefeated for the day pinning all of his opponents along the way including Garret Osborn of Scott City in the finals match. Trevor Hausermann placed 5th for the day going 2-1 for day at 285. Also at 285, freshman Sean Jackson placed 2nd  going 2-1 for the day only to lose in the finals against Derek Bithell of Millard West.

The JV Bearcats will be back in action next Saturday, Janurary 31 at Albion for the Boone Central Invite with wrestling beginning at 10 a.m.

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