Bearcat wrestlers elect to stay in Kearney

Former Kearney High wrestler Nick James celebrates a pin during the 2018 season. (KHGI)

Throughout their wrestling careers at Kearney High, Lee Herrington, Teontae Wilson and Nick James were spoiled with a lot of exposure to college level wrestling, working with UNK Head Coach Dalton Jensen through his Golden Eagles program in the off season.

His system helping each of the boys set themselves up for success to say the least with two of the three closing out this past season with state titles, while also leading Kearney to first place at the NSAA dual meet.

The three musketeers are ready to take their talents down the street to UNK a join a tradition rich Loper program. They boast an impressive resume which includes eight straight conference titles, plus two national championships.

A dynasty, Herrington, James and Wilson will work to continue.

"Coach Jensen just really built us up with his Golden Eagles wrestling club and we're kind of paying it back into their program," said Herrington.

"I think it shows a lot of what this program is built on," said Nick James. "These kids started here in Kearney, they showed up for our little kids program and that's huge. "

"It's really cool to have two of my teammates go there with me, especially Nick James because he's been my practice partner for the last three years," Wilson told NTV. "He's a lot of the reason why I am where I am and he's pushed me the entire time."

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