Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

JV Wraps Up Season At GICC

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The JV Bearcats finished up their season placing 5th at GICC between 17 teams. The Bearcats had six individual medalists in a very stacked tournament with some of the best class B and C schools in the state.

The Bearcats competed with two teams, the Gold and Blue. The Gold team had an excellent showing placing fifth for the day. Individual medalists for the Gold team were 106 Dalen Richie placed 3rd. Richie went 4-1 for the day Losing only to teammate Devon Sell who placed second. 113 Gavyn Bober wrestled his way through a tough bracket to find himself in the championship match in which he was defeated by Nolan Barry of Adams Central. Bober is the JV wrestler of the week. Bober has consistently been a placer for the Bearcats during the season and continues to be a backbone for the team. 120 Koeby Bonner had a great day as well placing 3rd for the day. Bonner went 4-1 on the day. Bonner picked up a significant amount of points for the team race picking up two pins and a major decision along the way.

The Kearney Blue team had 3 placers in tournament. At 106 Devon Sell dominated his way through the tournament picking up two pins along the way and placing second to take home the silver for the day. Sell is this week’s Reserve wrestler of the week. Sell is a tough nosed sophomore that consistently scores big time points for his team and places in tournaments each week. In the quarterfinals, Sell pinned Columbus Scotus’ Collin Podolak. In the Seminfinals, Sell battled against teammate Dalen Richie. Sell caught Richie and pinned him to stamp his ticket into the finals in which Sell was defeated by Adams Central’s Jacob Kubicka. 113 Coten Kowalek placed third for the day going 4-1. Along the way, Kowalek picked up wins by fall over Ord’s Kaden Boyce, Isaiah Magana of Centura, David Mendoza of Grand Island and finished his bronze medal finish with a 11-0 major decision over North Bend Central’s Greg George. Finishing up the Bearcats placers is 132 Tyson Cepel. Cepel went 4-1 for the day pinning his way into the bronze medal finish. Cepel pinned Tyler Gates of Centura in round 1 before losing to teammate Teontae Wilson. In the consolation rounds, Cepel picked up another fall over North Bend Central’s Trey Nelson. In the wrestle back round, Cepel finished his day by pinning Columbus Scotus’ Noah Tworek in the second period. Cepel then received a medical forfeit and a forfeit by the way of a 5 match limit to claim the bronze.

The JV Bearcats had a great year placing high in every tournament and winning a few along the way. Several champions and medals were earned throughout the year and several champions were born. The dedication that these young men have to the sport and to the Kearney High School wrestling team is astonishing and recognized throughout the state of Nebraska. The Bearcats will finish their season with a JV tournament at Grand Island Northwest this coming Monday, February 8th with wrestling starting at 4 p.m.


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