Kearney High wrestlers use home-field advantage, senior strength to win dualPosted:
KEARNEY — What a difference a week can make for the Kearney wrestling team.
The Bearcats, who defeated Lincoln East in the auditorium a week earlier came out a little flat against North Platte on Thursday.
But before KHS coach Ty Swarm addressed his team, he wanted to thank the Rowdies and community of Kearney for coming out to support the Bearcats’ 63-12 win.
“It’s great when we’re at home. We have a fun atmosphere and our students get behind us,” he said. “We appreciate that. That’s something you don’t always get in the sport of wrestling. We have something special here and our guys know it. We have a great tradition with that. To come out and have that environment is something special.”
The Bearcats dominated the dual from the outset. They found themselves up 18-0 early, and later up 42-3.
The meat of Kearney’s lineup put the dual to bed as the Bearcats got pins from Phillip Moomey, Gauge McBride, Nick James and Colten Kowalek.
“We wrestled well tonight,” Swarm said. “There’s some I wished we had back, but when you win convincingly like that, it’s not something you can dwell on too much. When you look at performance overall, we definitely have a couple maybe we could have won.”
The other area Swarm highlighted was how special his seniors are.
It’s not every day that you get two great wrestlers like Moomey and James, he said.
“We’ve had the greatest leadership over the last four years from this crew,” Swarm said. “They are going to be greatly missed. We’re going to celebrate the heck out of them the next five weeks.”
When asked when he knew Moomey and James were special, Swarm had a quick answer.
“When we were in summer camps going into their freshman year, Phillip and Nick immediately were beating state placers,” Swarm said. “It’s unheard of to have one of those guys coming into your program. But two of them at the same age? That was something that set a trend in our program immediately and we’ve continued to reap the benefits for the last four years.”
Kearney is back in action Saturday, traveling to Lincoln to participate in its first-ever Heartland Athletic Conference tournament.
By Ryan Edwards