Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Places 3rd At GICC


The JV Bearcats string together an impressive winning streak to take third place at GICC.The Bearcats put up 149 team points to edge out Columbus Scotus by only seven points in the 16 team field to bring home the third place team award in their final tournament of the year.

The JV Bearcats competed in their last tournament of the year in which two champions prevailed in 113 Dalen Ritchie and 120 Gavyn Bober. Ritchie put together an impressive tournament taking home the Gold medal and pinning all three of his opponents.

“Dalen has been a consistent factor for our team. He is constantly placing in every tournament we go to and in most cases, he is in the finals. I couldn’t be more proud of this young man for the way that he brings his A game each week. He has had great year.”Coach Clark

Gavyn Bober also picked a few pins on his way to top to claim his Gold medal. Bober had a tough fought battle in the semi-finals against Dustin Charron of Centura in which the final score came down to a 12-10 decision in Bober’s favor.

“Gavyn has battled through a few injuries this year and has worked really hard to not let them hold him back. He is a great kid with a great attitude and is a fun kid to coach. I really proud of Gavyn and the accomplishments that he has achieved this year.”Coach Clark

The Bearcats had a total of eight medalist for the day. The lone runner-up was freshman Kaden Bonner at 120 from the Kearney Gold team in which he took on teammate and champion Gavyn Bober in the finals. Colten Kowlek took third place at 126 with a 4-1 record on the day. Fourth place finishers included 160 Bronson Amend, 182 Isaiah Stalbird, 285 Dillon Trujillo and 126 Ian Smith.

“This season has been a memorable one for me as a coach. We have had some up and downs and bumps and bruises along the way. One thing that has stayed constant is the dedication we have as a team. When we need someone to step in and fill a spot or wrestle up a weight to fill a competitive bracket, we always have a wrestler who is willing to accept the challenge. We preach the importance of strength in numbers and it really shows throughout the season. Every single one of our wrestlers compete at a high level of intensity and commitment to our program. As a coach, we couldn’t ask for more. It’s been a great season. I am excited to see what next year brings for us.”Coach Clark

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