Kearney High Bearcats Wrestling

Wrestlers Claim Kearney High’s first Heartland Athletic Conference Championship


The Kearney High School wrestling team brought home the first Heartland Athletic Conference Championship in school history. The Bearcats pulled away from the 11 team field and finished 20 points ahead of runner up Lincoln East.

The Bearcats put 6 wrestlers into the conference finals and placed 12 wrestlers placed in the top 4 of their respective weight classes. Hunter Nagatani was a conference champion at 113 pounds. He won by fall over Ethan Batterton from Lincoln Southeast in the finals matchup.

Phillip Moomey picked up a pin the the championship finals at 132 pounds. He pinned Brecklin Sperling from Lincoln East in 1:24 seconds. Nick James was the Bearcats third conference champion. James defeated Hunter Robertson by technical all in the 145 championship bout.
Gage Ferguson (126 pounds), Gauge McBride (138 pounds), and Carter Abels (160 pounds) all finished as conference runner ups.

Rylie Steele (120 pounds), Colten Kowalek (152 pounds), Gus Franzen (170 pounds) all finished in third place in their respective weight divisions. Bronson Amend (182 pounds) and Josh Pierson (195 pounds) both finished in fourth place. Dario Rodriguez (220 pounds) and Ben Crocker (106 pounds) also found the awards stand finishing in 6th place for the Bearcats.

“This was a total team effort today. We picked up points in every weight class and competed really well.” said head coach Ty Swarm, “I am really proud of our guys and the way they battled throughout the day. It feels great to be the first team at Kearney High School to win a conference championship in the HAC. This is something we will remember for a long time.”
Kearney High wrestlers are on the road this Thursday at Columbus for a dual. They compete in Midwest Duals hosted on Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney.

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