Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Kearney Squads Undefeated at Junior Varsity Duals


The JV wrestlers were back in action this weekend, hosting the invite on Saturday. The Bearcats were two deep at each weight class giving them the opportunity to compete with a Kearney 1 team and a Kearney 2 team. Joining the competition was North Platte, Hastings, Lincoln North Star, and Lexington. The Bearcats dominated all of their duals by outscoring their opponents 280-29 for the Kearney 1 team and the Kearney 2 team went 228-53. The Bearcats dominating performance this weekend shows a lot promise towards the future of Kearney High Bearcat Wrestling.


Dominating performances by Junior Bryce Bottorf, Sophomore Reece Nicol, and Freshman Christian Dakan, landed all three of these wrestlers in the wrestler of the week spotlight. Bottorf went undefeated this weekend.   He put on a pinning clinic against all of his opponents, including one with a pin in only 17 seconds in a win over Lincoln North Star’s Jaime Pedraza.  Bottorf has become a leader and has set the bar high for fellow teammates on the team. Nicol has become a standout wrestler for the Bearcats and completed the day undefeated as well. He was able to control all of his matches by putting his opponents.  Nicol pinned all four opponents for the JV 2 squad.  The freshman wrestler of the week was Kearney’s 113 pounder Christian Dakan. Dakan completed his day by going 4-0 and picking up major decision in round 4 against North Platte’s Jayson Scott.

The Bearcats have a busy week ahead with four different tournaments this week. Starting with the JV’s first and second string heading to Axtell on Tuesday with wrestling beginning at 1:00pm.  The Freshman compete the same day at Grand Island with wrestling beginning at 4:00pm. On Friday December 19th, the Bearcats will be in action at Ravenna for the JV invite starting at 4:00pm. Ending the week will be the first string JV squad who will compete at the Kearney Catholic Invite with wrestling beginning at 10:00am.

View Results from the Kearney JV Dual Tournament

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