Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Kicks Off The Season At The Kearney High Invite


Our first meet is officially in the books with our JV’s competing at home this past Saturday in the Kearney High Invite. Our numbers are huge and our competitive level is extremely high. We had 46 wrestlers competing in two divisions, beginner and advanced with a total of seven teams on the JV side of the tournament. For several of our freshman and a few sophomores, this is the first time they have wrestled and overall as a team, the Kearney JV did extremely well.

In the beginner side of the tournament, we had 4 champions in Antonio Gomez, Trey Rodriguez, Austin Siegal, and Austin Mortensen. In addition we also had 7 runner-up finishes in Ryan Farrell, Cade Nicol, Alex Arrants, Zach Betzhold, Isaiah Medina, Jeffrey Holbrook, and Caleb Whitmire.

Our advanced side of the tournament yielded some great matchups and eventful matches for all to see. Our wrestlers performed extremely well and claimed the hardware to prove it. Overall we had 9 champions in Dalen Richie, Gavyn Bober, Koeby Bonner, Teontae Wilson, Johnnie McCann, Jerimiah Hagemann, Bryce Bottorf, Reece Nicol, and Cole Cromer. Runner-up, Kearney JV picked up 8 second place finishes in, Colten Kowalek, Tyson Cepel, Matt Oliphant, Payton Bottorf, Tyler Tracy, Edgar Boteo, Connor Brown and Will Jorgenson.

Wrestlers of the week: Freshman, Jerimiah Hagemann. 132 pounder Jerimiah Hagemann, won the advanced division going 2-1 for the day. Hagemann shows devotion and passion for the sport giving it his all. Hagemann’s only loss was to Tyson Gatto of Hastings. He continued the day defeating teammate Daniel Crocker 5-1 and picking up the decision over Pete Gallardo of Lincolng Southwest 3-1.

JV wrestler of the week: Koeby Bonner. 120 pounder Koeby Bonner dominated his bracket going undefeated. Bonner continues to get tougher and tougher each match pinning all of his opponents going 3-0 for the day. His dedication and work in the offseason has made him a tough competitor. Each of his matches resulted in a fall in the first period. First win on North Platte’s Zac Sweet in 1:23. A fall of Christian Munoz of Grand Island in 1:17 and then finishing the day with a fall over Columbus’ Zach Bruce in only :45.

The JV season has a multitude of opportunities for all the wrestlers to compete throughout the season. Check out the schedule for the upcoming events. Next weekend December 12th, the JV Bearcats will be hosting the JV duals with wrestling beginning at 9 a.m.

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