Gaels ready for triangular

PERRY – Building some more momentum will be a top priority for the St. Edmond wrestling team here this evening.

The Gaels (1-2 overall) will face Carroll and Perry in a non-conference triangular.

Start time is set for 6 p.m.

In its previous outing on Saturday at the Emmetsburg Invitational, SEHS settled for fifth with 134 points. Top-ranked (Class 1A) senior Vinnie Harvey (220 pounds) and No. 3 junior Ryan Szalat (113), both defending state placewinners, were crowned individual champions for the Gaels with perfect 3-0 marks.

Junior Nick Hindt (195) and sophomore Payton Sitzmann (126) each finished third for St. Edmond, while sophomore Colin Birzer (106) and seniors Jimmy Averill (182) and Caelan Burbank (285) all checked in fourth.

“We made some strides Saturday, and hopefully we can finish strong going into the Christmas break,” SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. “We have a young and inexperienced team that just needs to keep getting on the mat.”

Ninth-ranked (2A) sophomore Kade VanKirk (113) and No. 10 senior Seth Stetzel (152) anchor the Bluejays (2-5).

Leading the way for the Tigers (5-6) is sixth-rated (3A) sophomore Justin Kaltved (126).

“I know both (Perry and Carroll) have some tough individuals, but I don’t know how deep their teams are,” said Utley. “Even though they’re both bigger schools, I think this should be a pretty good matchup for us.”

No. 3 senior Kaden McClintock, a two-time state qualifier, is also expected to return to the Gael lineup tonight after being sidelined Saturday due to an illness. McClintock (120) owns a career mark of 109-12.

St. Edmond’s lone dual victory on the young season came against Iowa Falls-Alden a week ago by a 42-36 count.

Following tonight’s action, the Gaels will wrap up their pre-holiday portion of the schedule Saturday at Fort Dodge’s 40th annual Don Miller Invitational.