Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Bearcats Dominate the Franklin Invite


The JV Bearcats dominate the Franklin invite and win the championship putting 16 wrestlers on the podium with four champions.

The JV Gold and Blue teams competed at Franklin the past Saturday with a very positive outcome for the day. “This is a great tournament for our team on all levels. It’s a smaller tournament but some of those smaller schools have some extremely talented wrestlers. They give our guys a run for their money. I always tell our guys to never overlook an opponent because there are some guys in these tournaments that will simply mop the mat with you. I love seeing the class C and class D wrestlers compete throughout the season and watch what they do at state in February.”- Coach Clark

At 106, Ben Crocker claimed the gold going undefeated for the day. Crocker dominated his finals match against Easton Burton of Ellis Kansas picking up a 12-0 major decision. Freshman Flavia Nagatani once again found herself on the podium earning a fourth-place finish as well. At 113, Jagger Sell picked up a second place finish as well as Ethan Lawrence placing 3rd. At 120, Brock Broweleit placed third winning his third-place match over Tate Roland of Ellis Kansas by the way of a 9-0 major decision. At a 126, the Bearcats put Cisco Rivas on the podium placing 4th.

At 132, the blue and gold teams overpopulated the podium putting 3 out of 4 on the medals stand. Brayden Smith took the gold and wrestled teammate Nick Sutton in the finals. Jakob Ransdell had a great day as well picking up 4th place to join his teammates on the stand. Freshman Tate Kuchera at 138 won the bracket pinning Riley Ritner of Wilcox-Hildreth in 56 seconds. Kaden Bonner was back on the mat after only wrestling the first tournament of the year before he was injury stricken. Bonner put together a great day and placed third on the day beating Alex Banuelos of Minden in a tight 7-5 decision. Cameron Claussen found his way on the podium for the second weekend in a row at 145 placing fourth.

Tyson Cepel had one of the most exciting finals match for the day against Ellis Kansas’ Konnor Pfeifer. Cepel came away victorious with a 7-5 decision. At 160, Breckon White found himself on the podium again taking fourth place as well as Josh Pierson at 182 taking fourth as well. At 195, Freshman Riley Johnson took home the silver placing second. Johnson was defeated by Toby Woodworth of Ellis in the finals.

The Bearcats have another busy week ahead of them. The JV one team will wrestle at the home dual against North Platte on Friday. The JV Gold and JV blue will wrestle at SEM on Friday and the entire JV and reserve team will wrestle on Saturday at Lincoln North Star.

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