Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Pleasanton Kurt Keaschall Invite 2017

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The Bearcats finish second just behind defending state champions of Burwell.

The JV Bearcats came back from the Christmas break with a short turnaround to travel up the road to the Pleasanton Kurt Keaschall Invite this past Saturday. The Bearcats performed well placing 21 Bearcats on the awards podium with four individual champions and three runner-up placers.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group today. With the break and just a few practices, we looked fairly sharp and battled with the best of them. We had some really great individual efforts and we brought home a lot of hardware. I’m proud of these boys and I have no doubt that we will go into next weekend at Franklin and compete in the top three possibly top two.-Coach Clark”

Jagger Sell at 106 continues to improve each and every tournament. Sell won the 106 weight class defeating Dalton Hansen of Harvard with a major decision of 11-2. “I’m so happy for Jagger. He works so hard in the offseason and in the room. This is a well deserved win.-Coach Mattfeld.” At 113, Freshman Ethan Lawrence strung together another top two finish placing second. Lawrence had a great day scoring a lot of team points before facing Tate Phillipps in the championship round with the win going to Burwells Phillipps. At 126, Kaden Bonner wrestled a stacked weight class with defending state champion Tyler Pawloski of Pleasanton which Bonner faced in the quarterfinals round. Pawloski won the matchup but Bonner wrestled tough and went up against Coy Gideon of Burwell in the 3rd place match. Gideon had the upper hand winning over Bonner late in the third period. Bonner placed fourth overall in one of the toughest brackets for the tournament. The 138 bracket had a pair of Bearcats place with one taking the gold home. Colten Kowlek won the 138 bracket going undefeated and dominating the field. Kowalek put on an amazing performance for the day taking the gold against Seth Simants of Stapleton with a 9-3 decision. Freshman Brecken White continues to show his dominance and make a name for himself in the bearcats lineup. White finished the day in fourth place going 3-2 for the day.

Once again, Freshman Carter Abels at 145 wins another tournament bringing this to a total of four. Abels continues to be workhorse for the Bearcats. Abels went undefeated for the day and racked up 26 team points. Abels pinned all of his opponents including Tucker Scherbarth of Harvard in the championship round early in the third period. “Carter goes the distance and pushes guys to the limits. He simply breaks guys. He is a workhorse and constant for this team. I have no doubt that he will be a well decorated Bearcat throughout his high school career. He is a great kid and works his tail off.-Coach Clark”

Josh Pierson placed second at 152. Pierson had a great day going 4-1 and picking up three falls and a 9-4 decision over Tate Shoemaker of St. Mary’s. In the finals match, Pierson lost to Luke Mckeon of Elm Creek. At 160, Bronson Amend once again found himself in the finals match. Amend is a brute and continually finds himself on the podium. Amend went 4-1 on the day. Amend picked up 3 falls and a tech fall in the semifinals match over Overton’s Christian Smith before going against Burwell’s Bode Jensen which Jensen was victorious over Amend. Connor Brown was the last champion for the Bearcats at 220. Brown went 4-0 for the day. Brown scored big points for the Bearcats with 26.5 points. Brown finished the day with three pins and a close battle over St. Mary’s Cole Rosenkrans with the decision of 4-3 with Brown crowned the champ.

The Bearcats have a busy week ahead of them starting on Thursday. The reserve JV Bearcats will be at Gothenburg on Thursday followed by JV1 and JV2 competing at Franklin on Saturday.