KHS Grapplers Finish Fourth in Loaded FracasPosted:
The Bearcat wrestling team finished in fourth place in the 2012 Flatwater Fracas hosted at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, NE. This tournament is the largest dual tournament in the state of Nebraska. This year’s tournament featured 32 teams from 3 different states.
In the first day pool the Bearcats defeated Hastings Adam’s Central 48-21. This dual marked the return of Austin Marshall to the line-up at 138. Austin was able to pick up a fall in the second period in his first match back. In the second match up Kearney High battled a tough Blair team and came out victorious 49-18. Scott Bauer picked up his first pin of the year in just 0:52 seconds. To finish out pool play the Bearcats compiled a 42-26 victory against defending 6A state champions Manhattan, Kansas. The marquee matchup of this dual featured 2x state runner up Jase Stone from Manhattan against Nebraska state placer Isaac Stansbury of Kearney. Isaac battled in every position to finish the match on top 8-4.
Crosspool competition matched up the Bearcats against pool 4 champion Lincoln Southwest. This dual proved to be exciting as it came down to the final match to determine the winner. Kearney’s Quinton Ross provided his team with a much needed fall at the 220 pound weight class to solidify a 39-36 victory. This win put the Bearcats into the championship pool the following day.
In the championship pool the Bearcat wrestlers faced the number one and two ranked teams in class A (Grand Island and Omaha Burke) along with the number one ranked team in Wyoming (Cheyenne East). The championship pool provided some amazing match ups for the Bearcats. Grand Island again overpowered the Bearcats 49-15, as did Omaha Burke by a score of 52-20. In the last dual of the day the KHS wrestlers dropped a hard fought battle to Cheyenne east by a final score of 37-36. Taylor Towery was able to pick up two pins out of his three match ups.
The Bearcat wrestling team will be back in action after Christmas with a home dual against Class A number 4 ranked Omaha North. Two days later more wrestling action will continue when the Bearcats travel to the Ogallala duals.