Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Kearney Junior Varsity Wins Mustang Invitational

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The Bearcat JV Blue and Gold teams competed in the SEM Invite this past Friday in Sumner. The JV Blue captured yet another first place finish among the 14 team tournament finishing with a combined team score of 181 over the 2nd place Loomis/Betrand with a score of 119.5. The JV Gold finished in the middle of the field with an 8th place finish.

On the JV Blue side at 106, Salvidor Aguirre went 2-1 for the day. Salvidor won by fall over Colton Riessland from Amherst in the 2nd period, followed by a first period pin against Justin Gafke before eventually losing in the finals to Breidyn Cumpston of Amherst by a decision of 10-6. The hard fought battle at 120 lbs. was eventually claimed by Kearney’s Johnnie McCann going 3-0 for the day. McCann started the day by winning in sudden victory over Dillon Fries of Southwest. McCann’s second victory came in the way of a pin over Jason Palmer of Loomis/Bertrand in the 2nd period. In the finals McCann captured the gold by defeating Trey Dodson of North Platte St. Patricks by a decision of 6-3. Ashton Arrants continued his streak of medaling at 126 lbs. Ashton captured another gold medal by going 4-0 for day. In the opening round, Ashton faced fellow JV Gold teammate Devon Altwine. Ashton won by fall in the 1st period. In the quarterfinal match up, Arrants defeated Nolan Poss of Cedar Valley by fall in the 1st period. In the Semifinals, Arrants won by a major decision over Brandon Wallander of Loomis/Bertrand by a score of 11-1. In the finals, Arrants won a tough fought battle over Wyatt Eggleston of South Loup by a decision of 5-1 to find himself on top of the podium to receive the gold for the day.

At 138 the Bearcats captured another championship thanks to Zane Hamaker who placed first last week at the Franklin Invite and also finishing at the top of his weight class and winning the SEM this past Friday. Zane went 4-0 for the day by pinning all four of his opponents. Zane faced teammate LeDenaniel Brown in the opening round of the day. Hamaker won by fall en route to his next opponent from North Platte in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Hamaker won by fall over Ryley Dugan of Cedar Valley. In an exciting finish, two Bearcats Zane, Hamaker and Parker James wrestled off for the first and second place finishes in which Hamaker ended up on top by pinning teammate Parker James to capture the first place medal. At 152, Hudson Snider continues to dominate by showing an impressive first place performance. Snider went 3-0 for day winning with a pin in the quarterfinals and earning two major decisions in the semifinals and the championship match. In the finals Snider defeated Cole Kennedy of Loomis/Bertrand. Freshman Avery Capenter captured a first place medal at 170 lbs. by going 3-0 for the day. Carpenter’s quarterfinal match was decided by fall in the first period over Joey Hoblyn-Hill of SEM. In the semifinals match, Carpenter won by a major decision over teammate Adrian Avila. In the 1st place match, Carpenter capped off the day with an impressive pin over Alex Mackley of North Platte St. Patricks. Leo Palomo capped off another impressive tournament by placing 2nd and going 2-1 for the day only to come up short to Austin Miller from Southwest by a decision of 11-6 in the 1st place match. Izzy Bautista at 220 went 3-1 for the day on his way to a 3rd place finish. Izzy won the quarterfinals by fall against Dustin Riley of Southwest but found himself wrestling back in the Consolation Semis after a loss to Matthew Eberle of Ansley Litchfield. After a win by fall over Jacob Peterson of Amherst in the Consolation Semis, Izzy wrestled a tough fought battle against Axtell’s Jordan Riley before being awarded the bronze medal by a decision of 8-4.

For the Kearney JV Gold, Parker James earned a 2nd place finish at 138 lbs. by going 2-1 for the day by pinning his first two opponents before clashing with fellow teammate Zane Hamaker in the finals only to claim the silver. At 152, Andy Mason captured a 3rd place finish by going 3-1 for the day. Andy pinned his first opponent Austin Brown of Loomis/Bertrand in the second period. In the consolation semi matchup, Mason won by fall over Francisco Guido of SEM. In the most exciting and hard fought matchups for the day, Andy Mason battled a very tough opponent from Loomis/Bertand to win in the 4th period overtime, sudden victory ending.

Kearney High will be back in action this coming Thursday at North Plate High School for a dual. On Saturday both the Junior Varsity and Varsity will compete in the John Higgins Invitational at Lexington High School.

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