Gaels host H-D
The St. Edmond wrestling team will conclude their regular season tonight against Hampton-Dumont.
Action begins at 7 p.m. inside the Gael gym on Senior Night.
These two teams saw each other in action over the past weekend, as St. Edmond hosted the North Central Conference tournament.
Despite the Gaels bringing just five wrestlers to the meet, they met up with the Bulldogs three times. St. Edmond won just one of those matches.
“I like how we match up with them throughout the lineups,” SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. “We’ve got to come out and wrestle hard and aggressive.”
Vinnie Harvey was the lone Gael to secure a victory over Hampton-Dumont, as the second-ranked (Class 1A) 220-pounder scored a 14-0 major decision over No. 3 (2A) Kendrick Suntken in the finals.
“Vinnie really hasn’t been tested much at all this year,” Utley said. “He’s really been in a zone throughout the season.”
Hampton-Dumont’s Carter Barkema defeated seventh-ranked Ryan Szalat in the third-place match at 113 pounds, 10-4, while Isaiah Noelck downed Nick Hindt at 195 by fall for the Bulldogs.
“The matches we won, I’d like to see us widen that gap,” Utley said. “And the matches we lost, we need to find a way to change that outcome.”
Along with Harvey, No. 1 Kaden McClintock earned a title at the NCC meet, rolling through the 120-pound field. McClintock scored his fourth league title, becoming just the sixth wrestler to accomplish such a feat.
“We’ve got a pretty impressive senior class, so hopefully we can send them out with a win,” Utley said. “We’ve had a lot of guys on the shelf for a few weeks, so having this dual and getting them some action before the postseason is a good thing.”
The only other ranked Bulldog is Mario Pena, who is No. 1 at heavyweight. He placed second at the NCC meet. Grant Lehmann at 170 and Noelck were fourth place finishers, while Gustavo Jacome (120) and Joe Schall (132) each wound up in fifth.
After tonight’s dual, the Gaels are off until Feb. 8 when they host a 1A sectional tournament.
Harvey enters the night two wins from tying brother Teddie Harvey atop the school’s all-time wins chart.