Local wrestlers take down tough offseason tournament

Local wrestlers practice at UNK in preparation for the Fargo Junior and Cadet Nationals (NTV News)

Local wrestlers have a big week ahead of them traveling to Fargo, ND for what they call the" toughest off–season tournament in the nation".

Several of the Nebraskan's represented include four Kearney Bearcats, and a Kearney Catholic Star.

Many of the grapplers attending have been to Fargo in previous years. Now in 2017, each of them has their own plan of what they want to accomplish against some of the best competition American prep wrestling has to offer.

"My goals are to obviously compete and obviously need to place this year," said Lee Herrington, a senior at Kearney High. "And it's a three day tournament so you got to be ready everyday and do your best everyday, win matches so I can place in that top eight. Last year I was a round away from placing in the top eight, and this year hopefully I'll be placing and finding my spot there."

"My goals are definitely an All–American place in both styles," agreed Kearney High senior-to-be Phillip Moomey. "I placed last year in Greco, but I'd really like to get a place in freestyle because I'm coming back to the same age group."

The group spent the past week practicing at UNK and left for the event on Thursday. The U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals run July 15–22.

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