Bearcats Place Six at the State Wrestling Championships

This past week the Kearney High Wrestling team sent ten wrestlers to Omaha for the NSAA State Wrestling Championships. This year's State Tournament was a today affair featuring the best wrestlers in the State. The Bearcats started of day one on fire winning 7

of their 10 matches. In the quarter-final round, Kearney was able to punch two wrestlers in


to Thursday's semi-final round. Archer Heelan was able to pick up the 2nd-period fall over Columbus's Adrian Bice. At 145 pounds Beau Hosters was able to dethrone the returning state champion & #1 ranked wrestler Tyler Antoniak from Millard South. On the backside of the bracket Gage Ferguson, Carter Ables & Dario Rodriguez were able to wrestle back and earn themselves a place on the podium. In the finals both Archer and Beau fell to their respective opponents, finishing as State Runner-ups. Gage Ferguson & Dario Rodriguez finished in 4th place and Carter Ables finished in 5th place. As a team the Bearcats claimed another top-10 finish, finishing in 6th place. Complete Results can be found below:





A113 - Archer Heelan (30-5) placed 2nd and scored 21.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Archer Heelan (Kearney) 30-5 won by tech fall over Jace Kennel (North Platte) 31-26 (TF-1.5 4:38 (16-0))

Quarterfinal - Archer Heelan (Kearney) 30-5 won by decision over Juan Pedro Jr. (Grand Island) 20-5 (Dec 3-0)

Semifinal - Archer Heelan (Kearney) 30-5 won by fall over Adrian Bice (Columbus) 24-6 (Fall 2:07)

1st Place Match - Brandon Baustert (Lincoln East) 20-0 won by decision over Archer Heelan (Kearney) 30-5 (Dec 7-2)


A120 - Ethan Lawrence (27-16) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Caleb Coyle (Millard South) 39-5 won by fall over Ethan Lawrence (Kearney) 27-16 (Fall 4:39)

Cons. Round 1 - Ethan Lawrence (Kearney) 27-16 won by fall over Ethan Jackson (North Platte) 15-19 (Fall 1:39)

Cons. Round 2 - Ein Obermiller (Grand Island) 26-8 won by decision over Ethan Lawrence (Kearney) 27-16 (Dec 5-1)


A126 - Perry Swarm (22-19) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Perry Swarm (Kearney) 22-19 won by fall over Nate Sanchez (Creighton Prep) 23-15 (Fall 3:26)

Quarterfinal - Conor Knopick (Millard South) 37-0 won by fall over Perry Swarm (Kearney) 22-19 (Fall 1:29)

Cons. Round 2 - Jordan Bobier (Papillion-LaVista) 30-8 won by decision over Perry Swarm (Kearney) 22-19 (Dec 9-4)


A132 - Cisco Rivas (10-8) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Cisco Rivas (Kearney) 10-8 won by major decision over Aden G. Hargis (Omaha Westside) 22-18 (MD 12-0)

Quarterfinal - Garrett Grice (Bellevue East) 52-0 won by fall over Cisco Rivas (Kearney) 10-8 (Fall 2:54)

Cons. Round 2 - Cam Ralston (Papillion-LaVista South) 27-9 won by fall over Cisco Rivas (Kearney) 10-8 (Fall 3:00)


A145 - Beau Hostler (34-6) placed 2nd and scored 20.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Beau Hostler (Kearney) 34-6 won by fall over Truman Koehler (Bellevue East) 17-24 (Fall 1:53)

Quarterfinal - Beau Hostler (Kearney) 34-6 won by decision over Ryan Fox (North Platte) 28-18 (Dec 6-4)

Semifinal - Beau Hostler (Kearney) 34-6 won in tie breaker - 1 over Tyler Antoniak (Millard South) 24-2 (TB-1 3-1)

1st Place Match - Brody Arrants (Grand Island) 39-3 won by decision over Beau Hostler (Kearney) 34-6 (Dec 2-1)


A152 - Gage Ferguson (38-8) placed 4th and scored 16.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Gage Ferguson (Kearney) 38-8 won by major decision over Luke Figi (Gretna) 21-17 (MD 11-0)

Quarterfinal - Michael J. Myers (Omaha Westside) 29-6 won by major decision over Gage Ferguson (Kearney) 38-8 (MD 8-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Gage Ferguson (Kearney) 38-8 won by fall over Kaden Williams (Millard West) 25-14 (Fall 4:59)

Cons. Round 3 - Gage Ferguson (Kearney) 38-8 won by major decision over Ben Enders (Millard North) 26-15 (MD 10-0)

Cons. Semi - Gage Ferguson (Kearney) 38-8 won by decision over Deon Davis (Omaha Central) 26-5 (Dec 5-4)

3rd Place Match - Michael J. Myers (Omaha Westside) 29-6 won by decision over Gage Ferguson (Kearney) 38-8 (Dec 4-2)


A170 - Tate Kuchera (26-16) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Blayze Standley (Columbus) 38-4 won by fall over Tate Kuchera (Kearney) 26-16 (Fall 3:39)

Cons. Round 1 - Luke Rathjen (North Platte) 35-23 won by fall over Tate Kuchera (Kearney) 26-16 (Fall 4:40)


A182 - Carter Abels (27-8) placed 5th and scored 17.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Carter Abels (Kearney) 27-8 won by fall over Joey Glogowski (Creighton Prep) 30-6 (Fall 4:24)

Quarterfinal - Lucas Nigh (Millard North) 34-12 won by decision over Carter Abels (Kearney) 27-8 (Dec 9-6)

Cons. Round 2 - Carter Abels (Kearney) 27-8 won by fall over Jaiveonce Mitchell (Omaha Burke) 20-14 (Fall 2:02)

Cons. Round 3 - Carter Abels (Kearney) 27-8 won by fall over Max McClatchey (Lincoln Southeast) 36-9 (Fall 2:02)

Cons. Semi - Noah Blair (Millard West) 26-4 won by decision over Carter Abels (Kearney) 27-8 (Dec 9-2)

5th Place Match - Carter Abels (Kearney) 27-8 won by injury default over Dontae Thomas (Lincoln Pius X) 24-11 (Inj. 4:33)


A220 - Dario Rodriguez (37-7) placed 4th and scored 16.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Dario Rodriguez (Kearney) 37-7 won by fall over Steven Zimmer (Bellevue East) 14-6 (Fall 0:41)

Quarterfinal - Breken Heiman (Gretna) 22-12 won by decision over Dario Rodriguez (Kearney) 37-7 (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 2 - Dario Rodriguez (Kearney) 37-7 won by fall over Ryan D. Zatechka (Omaha Westside) 33-6 (Fall 3:53)

Cons. Round 3 - Dario Rodriguez (Kearney) 37-7 won by decision over Kaden Johnson (Papillion-LaVista) 20-9 (Dec 5-2)

Cons. Semi - Dario Rodriguez (Kearney) 37-7 won by decision over Garret Moser (Fremont) 16-4 (Dec 1-0)

3rd Place Match - Noah Sprieck (Lincoln Southwest) 34-1 won by decision over Dario Rodriguez (Kearney) 37-7 (Dec 5-3)


A285 - Caden Johnson (21-19) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Isiah Guzman (Omaha North) 14-5 won by fall over Caden Johnson (Kearney) 21-19 (Fall 3:51)

Cons. Round 1 - Caden Johnson (Kearney) 21-19 won by fall over Braxton Peters (Lincoln Southwest) 8-20 (Fall 3:44)

Cons. Round 2 - Brayden Heffner (Norfolk) 32-5 won by decision over Caden Johnson (Kearney) 21-19 (Dec 4-0)

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