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  • Wrestlers Bring Home State Medals

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 23, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorn Wrestling Team brought three state qualifiers to the NSAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday through Saturday in Omaha. When the dust settled, they finished with three state medalists. Senior Matthew Johnson finished his career with a fifth place medal at 106. Senior James McGinnis finished his career with a third place medal at 132. Trey Schindler finished his career with a 4th place medal at 152. All three seniors finished their careers as three-time state qualifiers and now state medalists. This is the first time since... Full story

  • ON TO STATE: Johnson, McGinnis, Schindler

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 16, 2023

    The Longhorn Wrestlers competed at their district tournament on Friday and Saturday. Feb. 10-11, in Sutherland. After the dust cleared Kimball finished with 3 state qualifiers. Senior Matthew Johnson was the first to qualify for the state tournament with a dominant 11-0 major decision win in the semifinals. Matthew lost to the wrestler from St. Pats last week at the conference tournament. Matthew then faced the number 2 wrestler from Sutherland in the finals and was tied 4-4 going into the... Full story

  • McGinnis, Schindler Win Conference Championships

    CORY McMANIGAL|Feb 9, 2023

    The Longhorn wrestling team finished out its regular season on Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a home dual against Burns/Pine Bluff. There were 4 matches wrestled and the Longhorns won the dual 24-0. All 4 Longhorn wrestlers won their matches by pin fall. Results Burns/Pine Bluffs Dual 113 – Matthew Johnson won by fall over Devlin Stokes (:35) 132 – Cody Brinkman won by fall over Logan Stockton (5:23) 138 – James McGinnis won by fall over DC Cathcart (3:14) 152 – Trey Schindler won by fall over Cooper...

  • Johnson Pins 3 To Win 106 Championship

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Feb 2, 2023

    Again mother nature has impacted the Longhorn Wrestling schedule. The Longhorns were supposed to travel across the state to compete in Northeast Nebraska at the Plainview Invite. With a pending winter storm in Northeast Nebraska the tournament was cancelled. The Longhorns were able to compete in Mitchell on Friday afternoon instead. The day was lead by returning senior 106 pound Matthew Johnson with a dominate performance. He had 3 pins on the day and the 106-pound championship. Seniors James Mc...

  • Longhorn Wrestlers Compete At Chadron

    Cory McManigal|Jan 26, 2023

    Mother Nature continues to affect the Longhorn wrestling season. The team was supposed to attend a tournament on Friday in Hemingford. With the weather cancelling school and practice for 2 days, we made the decision to not attend the tournament on Friday so we could practice and get ready to compete in one of the toughest tournaments we attend on our schedule, the Chadron Invite. The day was led by James McGinnis’s runner-up finish at 132. Trey Schindler wrestled to a 4th place finish in a very competitive bracket at 152. Cody Brinkman had a...

  • McGinnis, Schindler A Winning Tag Team

    Cory McManigal, Lonbghorns Wrestling Coach|Jan 19, 2023

    The injury bug has hit the Kimball Longhorn Wrestling team this week. Derek Kauffman's season was ended in the beginning of the week with another shoulder injury that will result in season ending shoulder surgery. He finished the year with a 10-8 record at 170. In the middle of the week, 106 pounder senior Matthew Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in practice that will sideline him for hopefully only a week or so. Peter Russell suffered a chest injury at the beginning of the season, and we... Full story

  • 2 Firsts, 1 Second For Wrestlers At Garden County Invite

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Jan 12, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorn wrestling team heads to Chase County this Friday and Saturday after a trip to Garden County on Saturday, Jan. 7, for an invitational tournament where they showed well as a team and in individual competition. At the end of the day, the Longhorns finished in fourth place out of 22 schools, scoring 79 team points. The tournament was won by the defending class D state champions from Sutherland High School. The Longhorns were led by seniors James McGinnis at 132 and Trey Schindler at 152. Both seniors won championships. Senior...

  • Horns Make Good At Make-Up Invite

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling coach|Jan 5, 2023

    The Longhorns wrestling team is looking competitive heading into its next action on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the always solid Garden County Invitational. The Longhorns competed on Dec 30 at the Pleasanton Invitational. This was a tournament that was added to the schedule due to the blizzard that cancelled the Sutherland tournament for the Longhorns. The tournament featured 25 teams from Northeast and Central Nebraska, including two JV teams from Class A Kearney High School. The Longhorns came to... Full story

  • Wrestlers Wrapping Up First Semester Schedule

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Dec 15, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorn wrestlers will return to action Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Sutherland Invitational to finish up their first semester schedule. The competition follows some strong individual showings for the Horns at the St. Pats Invite and a trip to Cheyenne for the Charlie Lake Invite. Here are Kimball's results at these two events. St. Pats Invitational The Longhorns traveled to North Platte on Friday, Dec. 9, to compete in the St. Pats Invitational. The Longhorns placed sixth out of nine...

  • Longhorns 10th Of 25 At Mullen Invite

    Cory McManigal, For the Observer|Dec 8, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorns wrestling team traveled to Bayard to take on the Tigers on Thursday, Dec 1. There were 4 matches contested: 145 – James McGinnis pinned Owen Talton (Bayard) 2:56 170 – Derek Kauffman pinned Jared Perkins (Bayard) 1:50 132 – Brock Burry (Bayard) pinned Cody Brinkman 1:14 138 JV – Owen Talton pinned Peter Russell (:30) Bayard won the dual 36-12 The Longhorn wrestling team made the long trip to Mullen on Saturday, Dec 3, to take part in a 25-team invitational. The Longhorns pl... Full story

  • Longhorns End Season At State

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 24, 2022

    Four Kimball Longhorns completed their seasons at state wrestling on Friday. Three out of the four Longhorns secured wins at the state tournament. Trey Schindler at 152 was able to finish in the final 8 at state. He lost in a 1-point match in the third round consolation match to be eliminated from the bracket Friday night. Matthew Johnson at 106 and James McGinnis at 132 each won one match in the tournament. Cody Brinkman was 0-2 at 120. Each opponent that Kimball lost to in the tournament went... Full story

  • Four On The Floor

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Feb 17, 2022

    District Wrestling was held for the Kimball Longhorn Wrestling team on Friday (Feb 11) and Saturday (Feb 12). When the weekend concluded, four wrestlers punching their way to the State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha Feb 17-19. Matthew Johnson was a district runner-up at 106. Cody Brinkman was a 4th place finisher at 120. James McGinnis was a 3rd place finisher at 132. Trey Schindler was a district runner-up at 152. Justin Klosterman's season ended on Friday night as he was eliminated from the... Full story


    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 10, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorn Wrestlers competed at the WTC/SPVA/MAC/PAC combined conference tournament and finished 14th out of 16 teams with 17 team points scored. Trey Schindler was the only placer in the tournament. He placed third at 152. Cody Brinkman at 120 and Matthew Johnson at 106 won one match. Justin Klosterman at 138 was 0-2 on the day. We were without the services of James McGinnis at 132 due to illness. "We definitely did not have our best performance at our conference tournament," coach... Full story


    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Feb 3, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorn wrestling team opens its postseason Thursday after a 7 and a half hour road trip to the Plainview Invite on Saturday, Jan. 28. They finished in 13th place out of 20 schools with 40 team points. The tournament was won by the defending class D state champion Plainview Pirates with 192.5 team points. Kimball had 4 wrestlers compete this week. They were without the services of 152-pound standout Trey Schindler due to illness. James McGinnis got back to his winning ways by placing 2nd in a tough 132-pound bracket. He lost by...

  • Four Horn Wrestlers Battle To Take 3rd As A Team

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Jan 27, 2022

    On Friday, the Longhorn wrestlers competed at the Hemingford Invitational and placed third out of 12 teams with 47 team points. The tournament was won by Chase County with 112 team points. The Longhorns were without the services of Matthew Johnson at 106 this weekend because of illness. With only four wrestlers competing this weekend, to finish third as a team shows how well the team wrestled. The day was led by James McGinnis at 132 championship finish. James pinned an opponent from Hay Springs to win first place. Trey Schindler continued his...

  • McGinnis First At Chase Invite

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Jan 20, 2022

    Chase County Quad meet The Kimball Wrestling team competed in a quad meet on Friday, Jan. 14, at Chase County Gym. There were 5 matches wrestled in the dual against Chase County. Kimball went 3-2 in the matches wrestled. Matthew Johnson won his match by tech fall at 106. James McGinnis at 132 and Trey Schindler at 152 each won their matches by fall. Cody Brinkman lost by tech fall at 120 and Justin Klosterman lost by major decision at 138 against their opponents. Chase County won the dual...

  • Horn Wrestlers 9th In 22-Team Field

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Jan 13, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorns wrestling team goes into back-to-back meets this week after a competitive performance at Garden County to start off the second semester portion of the season. The Horns went to Garden County on Jan 8 and placed ninth in a tough 22-team tournament with 57 points. Matthew Johnson led the way with a 4-1 record to place third on the day at 106. James McGinnis continued his solid season with a 4-1 record on the day to place third at 132. Trey Schindler had a great day of... Full story

  • Kimball Wrestlers Get Back At It

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Jan 6, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorns wrestling team will begin its second semester schedule on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Garden County invite. "We really challenged our guys coming back from the Christmas break to up their intensity in practice," coach Cory McManigal said. "We are five weeks out from our postseason, so we want to be wrestling our best when we get to conference and districts. "They responded to our challenge with the best week of practice we have had since the season started which is testament... Full story

  • Horns Wrap Up First Semester On The Mats

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Dec 23, 2021

    St. Pats Tournament On Friday December 10th the Longhorn wrestling team traveled to North Platte St. Pats for an 8 team round robin tournament. They scored 115.0 points and tied Brady for 3rd overall. The tournament was won by Maxwell with 193 points. All 5 varsity wrestlers placed in the top 3. We crowned 3 champions: Cody Brinkman at 120, James McGinnis at 138 and Trey Schindler at 152. Matthew Johnson was runner-up at 106. Justin Klosterman was 3rd at 145. Justin Klosterman was the highlight... Full story

  • 'Work In Progress' Begins For Wrestlers

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Dec 9, 2021

    Kimball took on the Bayard Tigers on Dec. 2. The final score was Kimball 15, Bayard 42. At 106 Matthew Johnson, pinned Trace Shaw (1:24). At 120 Cody Brinkman, won by forfeit. At 138 James McGinnis, won by dec over Brock Burry (5-2). At 152 Trenton Carrizales, pinned Justin Klosterman (3:26). At 160 Kolton Kriha, pinned Trey Schindler (1:21). Coach Cory McManigal: "I was proud of the kid's effort tonight. We talked about being a work in progress, so that started tonight. You can fix technique,... Full story

  • Kimball Wrestlers Open Season At Home Dec. 2

    Cory McManigal, Kimball Wrestling Coach|Dec 2, 2021

    We will have seven wrestlers this year for first year coach Cory McManigal. Coach McManigal will be assisted this year by Bob Culek and Justin Mohr. We open our season on December 2 with a home dual vs. Bayard at 6 p.m. We hope see a full room gym. 106 Matthew Johnson Jr. -- Coach McManigal’s thoughts on Matthew: I think Matthew can be one of the top 106 pounders in our region and state. He will need to stay healthy in order to have a good season. 113 Aaron Gillming So. -- Coach McManigal’s thoughts on Aaron: Aaron is very eager to learn the...