Gaels win on criteria
Senior Hank Crimmins might be relatively new to the sport of wrestling, but he’s far from new to helping St. Edmond programs earn victories.
On Tuesday night, Crimmins’ fall at 182 pounds helped spark the Gaels to a tight dual meet victory over Mason City Newman, 43-42.
After 14 matches, the two were tied at 42-all. St. Edmond (6-6 overall) earned the final point on criteria.
Crimmins was originally scheduled to compete at 170 pounds before the Knights (3-5) made a last-second change. That prompted a long meeting between Crimmins and SEHS head coach Tanner Utley.
“We didn’t think (Mason City Newman) had someone to put in at 170 and 182, but when they made that change, I asked Hank if he was willing to go,” Utley said. “He’s still learning to be a wrestler, but he is a proven winner.
“Hank went out and got the fall, which eventually helped us win the dual.”
Crimmins pinned Patrick Andregg in just over a minute, joining teammates Ryan Szalat, Kaden McClintock, Payton Sitzmann, Connor Allison and Caelan Burbank with falls.
Second-ranked Vinnie Harvey was awarded a forfeit at 220 pounds, earning his 141st career victory. He is now seven behind his brother, Teddie, for the most wins in St. Edmond school history.
“I thought the guys that wrestled, they came out and got after it,” Utley said. “Our lower-weights really had strong nights.
“It’s tough, being a Tuesday night and having Garner-Hayfield pull out at the last minute. But I was happy with our intensity.”
Szalat, ranked fourth at 113 pounds, improved to 17-3 on the year with a pin vs. Tyler Paulson in 3:23, while McClintock – rated second at 120 – picked up his fall in 1:49 to better his season mark to 13-1.
“Ryan and Kaden both did what we expected,” Utley said. “We are starting to get closer and closer to the end of the year, so every match right now is extra important for preparing yourself for the postseason.”
Burbank recorded the quickest fall of the night, as the senior pinned William West in just 30 seconds to close out the dual. Sitzmann’s fall came in the third period, while Allison, a freshman, scored his in the second.
These matches could also have importance down the road, as both St. Edmond and Newman will be at the same district in February.
Garner-Hayfield decided earlier in the day to not travel due to road conditions.
The Gaels return to action on Thursday when they host Humboldt beginning at 7 p.m.
In junior varsity action, Andrew Lenane recorded a victory for St. Edmond.