Lincoln East roars back to best Kearney in dual

Maxx Mayfield (top) of Lincoln East works on a near-fall in a match against Kearney High School on Jan. 4, 2018 (KHGI)

One of the most anticipated duals in Nebraska high school wrestling lived up to the hype as Lincoln East won five straight matches, including three of them with six points, to top Kearney, 36-33, Thursday night in Lincoln.

Starting at 145 pounds, Chance Fry earned four points for the Spartans with a major decision (14-2) over Teontae Wilson. DaShawn Dixon (152 lbs.) and Cade Kammerer (160) both got pins to extend the Spartan lead, and then at 170 pounds, Grant Lyman received six forfeit points after his opponent was injured during the match.

Kearney did its best to make up ground the rest of the way as they won four of the last five matches, including pins by Conner Brown (220) and Lee Herrington (285), good for 12 points.

The dual started at 120 pounds with Maxx Mayfield (East) carding five points by tech fall (23-8). Kearney's Phillip Moomey subsequently pinned Nathan Rizek at 126 pounds and the Bearcats also saw decision victories by Gauge McBride (132) and Nick James (138).

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