Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Places 4th at Boone Central

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The Bearcats placed 4th out of 15 teams in teams scores and placing 11 wrestlers with 9 wrestlers receiving medals. The reserve JV Bearcats had 7 champions in the brackets on the JV side of the tournament as well.

Leading the team and being the only champion for the day, was Salvidor Aguirre. Aguirre went undefeated for the day going 3-0. At 106, Aguirre dominated O’Neill‘s Trinity Mosel by the was of a tech fall in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Aguirre won by a decision over David City’s 36-3 Seth Styskal. In the championship match Aguirre won by a decision of 10-6 over Elkhorn Valley’s Dillon Steward to claim the gold medal.

At 113, Devon Sell placed 4th going 3-2 for the day. Sell picked up a fall and a major decision along the way before battling a tough David City wrestler, Lester Palencia, which resulted in a 9-5 loss.

At 120, Colten Kowalek had a great showing for the weekend placing 4th. Kowalek started the day by pinning Grant Burback of Malcolm in the first period. A loss in the semifinals put him against hosting team Boones Central’s Ty Groth in which Kowalek picked up a major decision. Also placing 4th at 132 was Teontae Wilson. Wilson wrestled a tough bracket going 2-2 for the day. Wilson picked up a decision win over Adrew Herley of Neligh/Oakdale in the quarterfinals. Wilson then faced the champion in the 132 bracket Melvin Hernandez of David City which resulted in a loss. Wilson picked up a pin in the consolation semis which put him in the 3rd place match against Anthony Eickmeier of Aquinas Catholic to place Wilson 4th in the tournament.

At 152, Reece Nicol for the second consecutive year placed 3rd in this stacked bracket. Nicol picked up the quarterfinal win by the way of a fall over Pierce’s Austin Wicket in the first period. In the semifinals, Nicol was caught by Kyle Petree of Aquinas Catholic. In the consolation semifinals, Nicol battled back to pin Trey Schafer of Boone Central to put him in the 3rd place match against Quin Smith of Elkhorn Valley. In a last second effort Nicol pulled a reversal to put him up by 1 with 3 seconds left in the match to collect the bronze on the podium. At 195, Tim Dubry received a bye to the semifinals to battle against Erik Pike of Ashland-Greenwood which Dubry won by a decision of 3-1. In the finals, Dubry faced two time state Matthew Kindler of Aquinas Catholic in which Kindler came out on top. Dubry finished 2nd to claim the silver.
Others Bearcats placing were Isiah Medina placed 8th, Johnnie McCann placed 6th, Steven Berumen placed 6th, Edgar placed 8th, and Adrian Martin placed 6th.

On the JV side of the tournament, the Bearcats had 7 champions in their brackets. Starting it off is Antonio Gomez who won his 113 bracket. Daniel Crocker won the 126 B bracket, Tyson Cepel won the 132A, Christian Dakan won 132B, Matt Oliphant won 138 B, Payton Bottorf won 138C and finishing up the day was Jud Kucera winning the 145 bracket.

The Bearcats will be back in action this Thursday February 4th at Columbus for the freshman GNAC and Saturday February 6th at Grand Island Central Catholic, and finishing off the JV season at Grand Island Northwest on Monday February 8th.


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