Gaels head to SCC tourney

ROCKWELL CITY – The St. Edmond wrestling team will try to work out all the kinks and build some momentum heading into the postseason here Saturday.

The Gaels (15-6 overall) are defending their South Central Calhoun Duals championship today in Rockwell City.

St. Edmond will open the event against Eagle Grove at 10 a.m., followed by matches with Hampton-Dumont, Lawton-Bronson, West Monona and South Central Calhoun.

The Gaels already own dual victories over Eagle Grove and Hampton-Dumont and are looking to finish the regular season on a positive note.

“We want to gain some confidence and momentum heading into the postseason,” said first year head coach Tanner Utley. “It’s easy to look forward to sectionals, but we need to make this another steep toward the postseason.”

Fourth-ranked junior Kaden McClintock (31-0 at 113), fifth-ranked senior Teddie Harvey (30-0 at 145) and top-ranked Vinnie Harvey (31-0 at 220) will look to finish the regular season unbeaten.

Sophomore 106-pounder Ryan Szalat (30-3) entered the rankings at No. 8 this week.

The Gaels won the tournament last year by defeating the Titans in the final dual.

South Central Calhoun enters with two ranked wrestlers. Senior Chase Goodman is seventh at 126 pounds and junior Aron King is seventh at 285 pounds.

“The dual against South Central Calhoun has always been pressure packed,” Utley said. “It will be good for our team and individuals.

“They’ll be competitive matches and it’s the kind of dual we like to be in.”

Lawton-Bronson’s Ron Singleton is ranked 10th at 220 pounds.