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Reigning state champion Kearney pulls out victory against neighboring Smithville in battle of elite Class 3 teams

Bulldogs claim early bragging rights with late-match momentum swing

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December 20, 2018

SMITHVILLE – Two neighboring rivals have battled for the title as Kansas City’s top Class 3 team the past several years.

Defending state champion Kearney took the honor last season with Smithville finishing fourth at the MSHSAA State Championships. However, it was Warriors that finished as the state runner-up two years ago with the Bulldogs finishing right behind in third.

So who will finish on top in the 2018-19 season? Kearney claimed the early-season bragging rights with a 45-31 dual meet victory Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Smithville High School.

“We have two seasons, our dual season and state,” Kearney Head Coach Jake Hill said. “It’s great to win the dual tonight, but as far as state is concerned, this doesn’t mean anything.”

Well, that might be true. But for now, Hill’s Bulldogs cemented their place as the No. 2 team in MissouriWrestling.com’s Class 3 state team rankings with the victory against the No. 3-ranked Warriors in the first-ever meeting between the top-notch programs as Suburban Blue Conference opponents.

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