Kearney Junior Varsity Dominates at LexingtonPosted:
The JV Bearcats competed at the John Higgins Invite in Lexington this past Saturday. The Bearcats competed very well bringing home 18 medals for the day in all but one weight class.
At 106 lbs., the Bearcats claimed the two top positions by finishing first and second. Matt Ross pinned his way to the a championship by the way of a fall over Jacinto Gaudalupe of Lexington, Jimmy Nguyen of Hastings, and Ricardo Gaeta of Lexington. Ross finished the day up by TF over Chandler Brock of Cozad. Salvidor Aguirre started off by losing to Logan Waller of Lincoln Southwest before turning up the pace and winning his next three matches by pinning Nate Boesch of Lexington and Rodrigo Carvajal of Schuyler. Salvidor also defeated Branton Flanders of North Platte by a decision of 10-7.
At 113, after a tough first tough match against the eventual champion, Celvin Lopez of Schuyler, Jackson Yaw wrestled back through consolation to eventually earn the fourth place medal for the day. At 120 weight class, two Kearney wrestlers earned hardware. Johnnie McCann finished third for the day going 2-1 and pinning Juan Vera of Millard West with one second remaining in the first period to claim the bronze. Hunter Willis claimed the silver medal by defeating Tommy Tran of Hastings in his first match by the way of a fall in the second period. Willis then defeated Kyle Sisavahn of Bennington by a decision of 13-11 before eventually falling to Austin Thimm of Millard West.
At 126, Ashton Arrants battled through his first two matches and picking up wins against Ricardo Orellana of Schuyler by a decision of 11-3 and a TF against Bryce Kopf of Beatrice before having to scratch the remainder of his matches due to an injury forfeit. Ashton’s first two wins were still enough to place him third for the day. Zane Hamaker continues to collect the hardware by once again winning his weight class of 138 at the Higgins. Zane went 4-0 for the day and pinning 3 of his 4 opponents and picking up a major decision of 9-1 over Anthone Briggs of Beatrice. Also at 138, Parker James won his 8 man bracket by pinning all of his opponents is dominating fashion. Parker went 2-0 for the day and took home the gold.
At 145, Trey Grube put on a pinning clinic in a dominating fashion and eventually took home the silver second place medal for the day. Grube started the day by pinning Ramon Garcia of Schuyler in only 29 seconds. In his second match up for the day, Trey Pinned Luis Perez of Lexington at the end of the second period as well Coy Terry of McCook in his thrid match. Trey then matched up against Drew Smith from North Platte before eventually falling to Smith in the second period. On the other side of 145 lbs. Reece Nicol finished second for the day by going 2-1. Reece pinned Jacob Adams from Beatrice and Devin Anthony of Hastings to find himself in the finals against Jayden Songster of North Platte in which a decision of 11-4 favored the North Platte wrestler.
At the 152 lb. weight class an exciting finals included two Kearney wrestlers, Junior Hudson Snider, and freshman Cody Renken. Renken went 2-1 for the day but defeated some very tough opponents along the way. Cody pinned Josh Duncan of Lexington before facing a very tough Jack Salmon of Bennington who very clearly had the upper hand of the match. Renken showed an unprecedented amount of heart and refused to be beaten and fought his way off of his back and reversed the near pin to put the shoe on the other foot and pinned Salmon. That win put the Renken in the finals against a very tough, and wiry Hudson Snider, a Kearney teammate. This set the stage for a great matchup between the two teammates. Snider eventually came out the winner to claim the gold and Renken finished second to claim the silver. Hudson finished the tournament by going 4-0 for day dn pinning all of his opponents in a dominating and brisk fashion. Snider pinned his first two opponents in a combined time of only 1:09 and earning a major decision of 13-3 over Sean McQuillan of Millard West before defeating Cody Renken in the finals.
At 160, Drake Wilkerson finished the day 4-1 and claimed the third place medal. Wilkerson was defeated by Zach Miller of Millard West to put him into the consolation bracket in which Drake wrestled back to the third place match by defeating David Svododa of Schuyler, Aleksei Tanory of Kearney, and Tucker Bassinger of Beatrice. Wilkerson then battled against Austin Moody of Lincoln Southwest in which the outcome by a decision of 7-0 proclaimed Wilkerson the winner.
At 170 lbs, Avery Carpenter placed fourth and went 4-1 for the day. Carpenter picked up wins over Michael Deaver of Sidney by the way of fall, Martin Romero of Lexington by fall, as well as Wyatt Schutte of Cozad and Farker Davis of Lincoln Southwest before having to forfeit the third place match due to Carpenter reaching his 5 match limit for the day. At 182, Junior Josh Cline received a fourth place finish by going 2-2 for the day. Cline lost his first match against Bradan Hengen of Northe Platte before having to battle his way through consolation and picking up two wins against McCook’s Logan Vrbas and Andrew Eschilman. In the third place match, Cline lost to Andrey Naidenoff of Lincoln Southwest by a decision of 5-3.
At 195, finally back into action after battling through injury, Bret Schamp claimed the gold and went 3-0 for the day by pinning Hunter Rookstool of Holdrege and Tony Cuyler of Schuyler. In the first place match, Schamp dominated the entire match and eventually came out the winner by defeating Alex Dukart of Millard West by a major decision of 12-0.
Finishing the John Higgins invite was freshman Izzy Bautista at 220 lbs. Izzy finished the day at 4-1 and claimed a fourth place finish. Bautista started the day by defeating Peter Ruiz of Schuyler by fall before dropping his next match to Tyson Bruce of Bennington. Bautista then battled his way through consolation going 3-0 and picking up wins against Jcob Mustard of Lexington, Carlos Tellez of Hastings, and Tyler Kotschwar of McCook before having to foreit his third place match due to Bautista reaching his 5 match limit for the day.
The Bearcats will be back in action, next Saturday February 1st in Albion at the Boone Central Invite with wrestling beginning at 10:00 a.m.