Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Kearney Wins 1st Fracas Title in 11 Years

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Kearney High School won the Flatwater Fracas for the first time in 11 years. The Bearcats have been in the championship final the last three years but have come out on the losing end. This year, Kearney overcame two top-ranked teams to bring home the 28 teams dual championship.

In pool action, the Bearcats opened up with a 76-3 win over Lincoln Southeast and then continued their winning ways with a 57-6 victory over Papillion LaVista South. In the third round Grand Island Northwest jumped out to an early 21-6 lead on the Bearcats, however, Kearney then rebounded to win 7 of the last 8 matches ultimately winning the dual 51-24.
In the last three rounds, Kearney defeated Cheyenne East 54-19, Blair 67-6, and Beatrice 62-9.

In semifinal action, Kearney matched up with the #2 ranked Spartans from Lincoln East. Gauge McBride (132 lbs) and Nick James (138 lbs) both opened up with major decisions to give Kearney the early 8-0 lead. Lincoln East then won the next 5 weight classes to take a 23-8 lead. Kearney picked up an injury default at 195lbs, a decision at 220 pounds from Dominic Tavis, and a pin from Lee Herrington at Heavyweight to tie the score at 23-23.
At 106 pounds Dallyn Ritchie avenged a loss from early in the year to give the Bearcats the lead 26-23. The Spartans were able to pick up a win at 120 pounds, however, Gage Ferguson (113 lbs) and Phillip Moomey (126 lbs) were able to close out the dual victory with wins of their own. Final score was 34-27

For the third year in a row, Kearney faced Gretna in the championship final. This was the year for the Bearcats as they defeated Gretna 39-24. Teontae Wilson kick-started action with a decision over Tristan Towey at 145 pounds. Gretna then went on to win five of the next six weight classes to jump out early on Kearney 21-6. Lee Herrington again turned things around with a first period fall at Heavyweight. Dallyn Ritchie then did the same at 106 pounds. Freshman Gage Ferguson added a hard-fought decision at 113 pounds to tie the dual 21-21. Brayden Smith (120 lbs) and Phillip Moomey (126 lbs) both added pins to jump the Bearcats into the lead. Nick James finished the dual by defeating the number 2 ranked wrestling in his weight class 6-2. Kearney broke a school record in the tournament by accumulating 47 pins over the span of their 8 duals.

The Bearcats head into Christmas break with a ton of momentum. Kearney wrestling will be back in action on January 4th at Lincoln East for a dual. The following day they will compete at the Gator Invite at Lincoln Northstar.


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