Gaels put four in quarters
DES MOINES – Success followed the St. Edmond wrestling team on day one of the traditional Class 1A state tournament Thursday.
Competing inside Wells Fargo Arena, the fourth-ranked Gaels advanced four individuals into the quarterfinal round.
No. 8 Ryan Szalat (106 pounds), fourth-ranked Kaden McClintock (113), No. 1 Teddie Harvey (145) and top-ranked Vinnie Harvey (220) all prevailed in their opening matches for the green and white, while Dillon Nelson (182) stayed alive in the consolation bracket.
Entering today’s action, SEHS currently sits in sixth place in the 1A team race with 13 points. No. 1 Alburnett (28) paces the field.
“We had a good first round, and it’s always nice to get them early jitters out of the way,” SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. “For the most part, I thought we wrestled hard and controlled the pace out (on the mat).”
In his state debut, the sophomore Szalat earned a 10-4 decision over Southwest Iowa’s Craig Rice. Szalat (41-4 overall) will now face Wilton freshman Tanner Greenwald (30-12), who upset No. 5 Jimmy Abell of Colfax-Mingo, 6-3.
McClintock, a junior and two-time state qualifer, downed Tri-Center’s Christian Polley by a 10-3 count, improving his career mark to 117-9. Up next for McClintock (41-1) is Sumner-Fredericksburg’s seventh-ranked Isiah Brandt (38-3).
“Both of those guys (Szalat and McClintock) were good the first two periods and then gave up some points late in the third,” said Utley. “It’s huge, though, anytime you can come out and get a win in that first match.”
Making his third consecutive trip to Des Moines, senior Teddie Harvey built a 7-4 lead before eventually pinning Rich Janney of Wilton in 5:41. Aiming for career victory No. 142, Teddie (41-0) will battle Nashua-Plainfield’s No. 5 Cody Marks (46-2) in his quarterfinal bout.
“I didn’t think I wrestled my best and was pretty disappointed actually,” said Teddie, who placed fifth here a year ago. “At the end of the day, I still got the win. I just have to keep picking it up, stay focused and go watch some film.”
Turning in another impressive performance, junior Vinnie Harvey registered a 2:58 fall time against eighth-ranked Michael Davidson from Ridge View for his 116th varsity triumph. Vinnie (41-0) now awaits Maquoketa Valley’s No. 5 Ryan Parmely (43-2), who knocked off third-ranked Logan Melby of Logan-Magnolia, 10-5.
“I pretty much did what I was expecting,” Vinnie said. “I felt a ton more comfortable this year and just went out and got after it.”
Vinnie also stuck Davidson in 3:28 earlier this year at the Doug Wood Cougar Invitational in Manson.
After being pinned (1:24) by Clarksville’s No. 2 Dalton Ciavarelli in his opener, the senior Nelson (36-10) then rebounded with a 9-3 decision over Dustin Miller from Cardinal. Nelson, a state newcomer, will square off next with either sixth-ranked Jesse Svoboda (47-5) of Audubon or Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Dylan Brockshus (36-12).
“Dillon had a tough draw against Ciavarelli, but he was able to bounce back strong to move on,” said Utley.
Class 1A quarterfinals are set for 9 a.m. this morning.