Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Caps Off First Semester With A Busy Week Of Wrestling

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Axtell Invite

The JV Bearcats take first and third in the Axtell invite this past Tuesday. The JV Gold team took first place scoring 177 team points in the eight team invite and the JV Blue scoring 88 points. The JV Gold had eight champions and the JV Gold had seven runner-ups.

The Kearney Gold had champions in Devon Sell (106), Dalen Ritchie (113), Gavyn Bober (120), Gauge McBride (126), Matt Oliphant (145), Jerimiah Hagemann (152), Steven Berumen (170), and Isaiah Stalbird (182). Runner-ups for the JV Gold included Tate Straatman (195) and Edwin Manzano (220).

The JV Blue dominated the field as well with seven runner-ups in Ben Crocker (106), Antonio Gomez (113), Kaden Bonner (120), Ian Smith (126), Daniel Crocker (132), Beau Sostad (145), and Bronson Amend (152).

The Bearcats had a great showing for the first part of a busy week. They have a lot of talent and tremendous heart and consistently end up wrestling teammates in the finals.

Ravenna Invite

The Junior Varsity Bearcats were back in action this past Friday in Ravenna. In spite of treacherous weather conditions and freezing temperatures, the Bearcats once again dominated the competition and placed several reserve Bearcat wrestlers and brought home a number of medals. This is a great opportunity for all of the JV reserves to get some quality matchups and mat time with nine schools competing. The Bearcats had 30 wrestlers competing in three divisions, beginner, intermediate and an advanced bracket. Between all divisions, the Bearcats totaled 11 champions, and five runner-ups.

The champions for the Bearcats included Dayethan Nelson (106), Benjamin Soria (132), Jayden Paul (138), Payton Bottorf (145), Gabe Gilsdorf (160), Ben Crocker (106), Antonio Gomez (113), Charlie Polen (160), Dominick Tavis (182), and Kaden Bonner (120).
Runner-ups included Hunter Miller (106), Tyler Ritchie (126), Kade Christ (145), Jose Marquez (170), and Cade Nicol (120).

The reserve Bearcats had a great day competing in Ravenna. The Bearcats continue to battle in all weights while consistently improving and gaining experience with mat time. The reserve Bearcats come in full force to JV tournaments and compete at a high level. Great opportunities with high numbers in the wrestling room continue to help build the program for the future in Bearcat nation.

Kearney Catholic Duals

The JV Bearcats wrapped up a busy week of wrestling this past Saturday competing in the Kearney Catholic Duals and taking third place finish that came down to and exciting Gold pool criteria decision. The Bearcats went 3-1 for the day in an exciting dual match competition with top notch quality opponents featuring a nine team field.

In the opening prelim dual against Ravenna, the Bearcats came out with all guns blazing racking up an impressive 63-12 win. The Bearcats tallied a total of seven pins in the first dual of the day.

In their second matchup for the day, the Bearcats went against Arlington. The Bearcats were in complete control from the get winning the dual 62-12. The Bearcats put on a pinning clinic racking up another seven pins on there way to an exciting finish in the Gold pool play duals.

The Bearcats started off the Gold pool play against tournament host Kearney Catholic. The dual was an exciting and intense dual coming down to the wire with the Bearcats coming out victorious 39-30. Isaiah Stalbird started off the Bearcats with a pin at 182 kick starting an impressive run and feeding fuel to the fire was Edwin Manzano following it up at 285 getting a first period fall in the first 46 seconds of the match. Devon Sell and Dalen Ritchie followed suite earning pins as well. Ian Smith brought his match down to the wire with a 12-11 victory at 132. The Stars began a rally at the end of the dual but the Bearcats proved to be the more dominant team winning the dual by nine points.

The Bearcats took the second round off, while the Stars battled defending Class D state champions from Amherst. In an exciting nail biter the Stars defeated the Broncos which led into a possible three way tie.

In the final dual for the day, the Bearcats battled against Amherst. The dual began with a back and forth battle between both teams. Gauge McBride finally got the ball rolling by pinning Hunter Cobb followed immediately by an impressive tech fall by Ian Smith at 132 over Cole Stokebrand. The Bearcats stumbled in the next two matches before 152 Jerimiah Hagemann ignited the Bearcats again with a 7-2 decision over Jarrin Potts. The Bearcats struggled in a tough fought battle against the defending state champs and fell short losing the dual 46-26.

In a crazy finish resulting in a three way tie, it came down to criteria in order to sort out the winner of the dual tournament. With the final criteria being decided on total wins, the bearcats fell short. The Bearcats took the third place finish with only 1 win shy out of second place and 3 wins shy of the championship.

Overall, it was a great showing from the Bearcats with some impressive wins and a few upsets along the way. This is the 4th consecutive year the Bearcats have placed in the top three spot in the Kearney Catholic Duals.

The Bearcats get a short break and are back in action December 29th at Pleasanton.


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