Gael seniors cap unbeaten careers in SE Duals
Seniors Vinnie Harvey and Kaden McClintock have made a habit out of winning big in their home tournament.
The Gaels went 3-2 on Saturday as host of the St. Edmond Duals here Saturday, while the Gael classmates both capped 20-0 career records in the event.
St. Edmond picked up victories over Britt West Hancock (59-15), Prairie Valley (52-27) and Boone 36-34, while getting clipped by Roland-Story (36-33) and champion AGWSR (37-31).
“We just didn’t get the job done,” said St. Edmond head coach Tanner Utley. “We have some guys that try to battle, but have to do it even when they’re tired.”
The Cougars were team champions with a 5-0 mark. The Gaels tied with Boone for second at 3-2. Prairie Valley (2-3) and Roland-Story (2-3) tied for third and West Hancock (0-5) was sixth.
Both Harvey (20-0) and McClintock (12-1) went 5-0 on the day, as did junior Ryan Szalat (16-3).
“Our upperclassmen wrestled well,” Utley said. “Vinnie, Kaden and Ryan know what they want, and it showed.”
Harvey, who is ranked second at 220 pounds, won three matches by fall and picked up two forfeits. He also earned a fall over fourth-ranked Clay Meinders of AGSWR in 1:55.
“I knew he would be tough,” Harvey said. “I just prepared for it like any other match.
“We both came out and battled. He got out of position and I made him pay for it.”
Last year’s fifth-place state finisher is now 140-20 in his career and is only eight victories away from owning the school’s career win mark, which is owned by his brother, Teddie.
“It feels pretty good (to go undefeated overall at the SE Duals),” Harvey said. “It’s a pretty big accomplishment for me.
“I’ve never thought about it (the career victory record). Obviously I’d like to get it, but that’s not my main goal right now.”
McClintock, who is second at 120 pounds, picked up five victories as well on Saturday, three by fall and two by forfeit.
The Gael senior, who finished sixth at state last year, upped his career mark to 119-13.
“That’s something I’m really proud of,” McClintock said of going 20-0. “I felt good and got into a rhythm. I came out and dominated on my feet.”
Szalat, rated fourth at 113 pounds, earned four falls and a major decision. The senior had a strong day, with all four of his fall coming under two minutes and one under a minute. He also earned a 13-0 major.
Szalat is 13-2 in his career at the St. Edmond Duals.
Jimmy Averill (182) finished 4-1 and Hank Crimmins (170) was 3-1 in the event. Colin Birzer (106) was 2-0 and Cole Allison (106) was 2-1.
Payton Sitzmann (126) and Nick Hindt (195) both went 3-2.
“We had some guys on their backs, but we didn’t finish,” Utley said. “We needed to get more bonus points.
“Connor (Allison) bumped up (to 138) and wrestled a strong match against Boone. Cole had some good matches, and Jimmy and Hank picked up some good wins as well.”
Prairie Valley picked up victories over Roland-Story (39-39 won on criteria) and West Hancock (40-27).
Logan Klingson and K.C. Bockoven all finished undefeated on the day. Spencer Johnson picked up four victories.
Grant Bockoven and Wyatt Hanna had three wins each.
The Gaels are back in action on Tuesday when they host a triangular with Mason City Newman and Garner-Hayfield. Action begins at 6 p.m.