Harvey among the elite

By the time Vinnie Harvey receives his diploma from St. Edmond, he will have left quite a legacy.

Harvey was a two-way starter on the state runner-up Gael football team, and is currently in pursuit of a wrestling title on the mats – which would be only the second-ever in school history.

With just over a week left before his trek back to Des Moines, is Harvey pleased with how his senior year is going?

“I can’t complain,” Harvey said. “It’s going pretty well. I’m having a lot of fun.

“It’s just been weird not having my brothers on the same team as me. That’s taken some getting used to.”

Last year, Harvey placed fourth at state and was situated in the same SEHS wrestling lineup as brothers Teddie and Eddie Harvey. He matched Teddie with a 45-2 mark, and is closing in on his school-record for career victories.

Despite not seeing either family member in the official Gael wrestling room, he’s still getting several pointers in the “family” room.

“Every once in a while, they try to show me a lesson down in the basement – try to, at least,” said Harvey, who is currently ranked second in Class 1A at 220 pounds. “It’s pretty no-holds-barred down there. Anything goes.”

Harvey has racked up a perfect 25-0 record so far this season, winning titles at both the Don Miller Fort Dodge Invitational and last week at the North Central Conference tournament. He owns 145 wins in four years, two behind Teddie.

St. Edmond has had a few meets called off due to inclement weather, including one Thursday night vs. Hampton-Dumont.

“I think Teddie might be doing that to keep his record,” Vinnie laughed. “That’s something he would do.”

Along with the help of his brothers, Harvey also credits St. Edmond head coach Tanner Utley with getting him prepared for his final season on the mat.

“Coach Utley has given me the right mental attitude,” Harvey said. “He’s shown me the right attitude to be a successful athlete.

“He’s shown me how to do things the right way.”

While preparing for what would become a record-setting season on the football field, Harvey found time to compete in a handful of offseason wrestling tournaments – along with getting in some extra training time.

“I went to a couple of meets,” he said. “It’s just nice to get in the room with the coaches to try and keep (wrestling) in your mind.

“It’s something you have to do if you want to be successful.”

Harvey helped push St. Edmond to its first-ever state championship game in the fall, rushing for almost 1,600 yards and scoring 35 touchdowns. He was also a force on defense, racking up 10 sacks and over 70 tackles.

After falling in the state finals to Iowa City Regina, it took Harvey several weeks to get over the defeat.

“I was pretty disappointed that first month or so after the state finals,” he said. “Now, looking back, I can’t really complain.

“It was a special season and something our team will never forget.”

Harvey leaves St. Edmond as the school’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns with 44 and ranks fourth with 2,424 rushing yards.

As for his future, Harvey is planning to play either football or wrestle – or possibly a combination if it works out.

“I’ve got a few different options,” Harvey said. “If it was possible, I’d like to do both, but I think it will be too hard and I’ll end up just doing one.”