Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Places 6th at Day 1 of UNK Midwest Duals


The Bearcats competed side by side this weekend some the best high schools teams in state as well as surrounding states and colleges as well. The Bearcats placed 6th overall going 3-2 and placing second in the silver pool.

The Bearcats first dual for the day was against Ogallala in which the JV Bearcats won 72-12. Koebby Bonner at 120 got the Bearcats started by kicking off a fall in the first minute with Tyson Cepel pinning his opponent in 26 seconds followed by the Seniors of the team pinning both of their opponents in under thirty seconds. Johnnie McCann with a pin in 22 seconds and Bryce Bottorf in 25 seconds. At 182, Adrian Martin controlled the match from the get go and pinned his opponent in 1:06 followed by Andy Mason’s 220 match resulting in a 7 second pin tying the school record for the fastest pin.

The second dual of the day, was against a very stacked and competitive team, Columbus Scotus. At 106, Dalen Richie defeated Daniel Tworak late in second period by pinning him as time expired. At 113, Devon Sell defeated Colby Gilson by a decision of 10-3. Completing a run of the lower weights, Gavyn Bober Tech Falled Calen Hinze 18-2. Tyler Tracy was the only other Bearcat to score points in the dual by picking up a major decision over Wren Allen with a score of 15-3.

In round 3, Kearney defeated Chadron 51-25.
At 152, Reece Nicol picked up his first win of the day over Tameron Sayaloune with pin late in the second period. Tyler Tracy at 170 kept the trend going pinning his opponent in the first period. Andy Mason anchored the team this weekend and wrestled a very tough Curtis McMann defeating McMann with a decision of 5-1.

In the silver pool play, the Bearcats faced in town rival Kearney Catholic in which Kearney Catholic took a 30-0 lead in the dual before the Bearcats came back and rallied to win the dual in a back and forth match of 42-36. The fire ignited when heavyweight, Seth Weiduwult stepped on the mat and stuck it to Kearney Catholic’s Randolph Frizane and pinned him in only 42 seconds sparking the Bearcats bench to rally a comeback. Steven Berumen, Andy Mason, and Dalen Richie all picked up pins. Tyler Tracy picked up an 8-5 decision and Gavyn Bober received a 6-3 decision as well.

In round 5, the 5th place match, Kearney was defeated by Lexington 45-22.
The Bearcats were led by Andy Mason once again. Mason dominated his opponents and pinned Joel Burkholder in the first period. Tyler Tracy battled it out to the end winning in double overtime of Juan Garcia. Dalen Richie also picked up a major decision over Andy Rojas 12-1. And Gavyn Bober finished up the day winning a 7-4 decision over Leibert Vinny.

Once again next week, the JV and reserve Bearcats will get the opportunity to wrestle everyone in the John Higgins invite at Lexington Saturday January 23 at 8:30 a.m. The JV 1 team will compete in the Varsity side and the rest of the JV and reserve team will compete on the JV side of the tournament. This Thursday, January 21, the JV 1’s will also compete in North Platte at their duals beginning at 6 pm.



The Bearcats JV and reserve’s Gold and Blue team took 5th and 12th place at SEM. The Gold team scored 81 team points and the Blue team scored 27.

The Gold team put 7 wrestlers into the finals with Colten Kowalek at 113 pinned his way to the finals before losing to Zac Sweet of North Platte. Kowalek placed second. Edgar Boteo at 182 was the only other wrestler in the championship match in which he placed second going 2-1. Boteo defeated Zke Abeyta of Ansley Litchfield by the way of a fall early in third period before falling to Grant Wilke of North Platte with a 7-4 decision.
At 106, Ryan Farrell placed 4th, losing to Corey Parsons of North Platte in overtime.
132 – Jerimiah Hagemann (13-6) placed 4th. Hagemann picked up two pins along the way to meet Ryan Van Pelt of Southwest in the 3rd place match in which it came down to the end with the result being in favor of Van Pelt in a 3-4 decision. Back fresh off of an injury, 160 Cody Renken (3-1) placed 3rd and won 3 of his 4 matches by the way of falls. Freshman 160 – Charles Polen (9-15) placed 4th going 2-2 for the day. 170 – LeDaniel Brown (3-2) placed 4th in his first tournament of the year also coming off an injury. Brown competed well getting all of his wins by the way of falls. In Brown’s 3rd place match against Mitchell Burnett of Anselmo-Merna, Brown lost late in the 2nd period.

Midwest Duals Results

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