Proud Kearney program seeks state title

Kearney wrestling head coach Ty Swarm during the A1 district meet on Feb. 11, 2017 (NTV News)

The Kearney High grapplers are sending 12 wrestlers off their district championship team to Omaha for this week's state meet.

"For sure that's our goal every year, to be competitive at the state level," head coach Ty Swarm says.

The Bearcats smoked the competition in the A1 district, winning by 61.5 points and it serves as a starting point for something much bigger.

"We have a rich tradition and we hold each other accountable to a higher standard," said 2017 Class A 285-pound champion Lee Herrington. "We all are here for one reason: that's to win the state tournament coming up."

Kearney is one of the best teams in the state with an 18–1 record in duals. The Bearcats won the Kearney Invite and the Flatwater Fracas earlier in the season and finished second at the 60th Rocky Welton Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

A lengthy list of success continues to re-affirm the Bearcats as one of the premier programs in Nebraska.

"I think it's a prideful thing for us," Swarm said. "We want to always continue to have our name in the top three to five in the state in the sport of wrestling."

Kearney has had 39 individual champions dating back to 1968, but have come up one spot short of gold ten times, including each of the last two years.

The Bearcats lone state title resonates in 1998.

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