Harvey picks up silver
DES MOINES – For every celebration at the state wrestling tournament, there is always equal heartbreak.
Vinnie Harvey found that out the hard way here Saturday night.
St. Edmond’s second-ranked and previously unbeaten senior fell one step short of a coveted gold medal, dropping a tight 4-3 decision to Maquoketa Valley’s No. 1 Ryan Parmely in the Class 1A 220-pound title round at Wells Fargo Arena.
After surrendering an early takedown, Harvey rallied back for a 3-2 lead late in the second. Parmely then answered with a pair of escapes to narrowly prevail despite being called for a stalling warning with just four seconds remaining in the match.
Both of Harvey’s losses last year also came here against Parmely in a 5:36 pin and a 3-2 decision.
“For the last two periods, Vinnie was the only kid that showed up to wrestle,” SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. “It’s pretty sad that the ref allowed (Parmely) to keep backing up.
“It’s a tough time for Vinnie to understand right now, but I’m sure someday he’ll look back and realize what he’s meant to our program. He does things right both on and off the mat. It’s pretty obvious when you get to know him how great of a kid he really is.”
Harvey, a three-time state qualifier, placed fourth here in 2013. Harvey closed out his season at 36-1 overall. He is the school’s all-time wins leader (156).
Prior to Harvey, Ben Becker was the only other Gael to reach the state finals. Becker claimed a 171-pound 1A crown in 2006 with a perfect 44-0 record.
With the victory, Parmely wrapped up his junior year 52-1. Parmely is a three-time state placewinner. His only defeat this winter came by an 8-7 score against East Buchanan’s top-ranked and eventual 195-pound state champion Tyler Hoffman.
Like Harvey, Parmely is also a star on the gridiron, who rushed for a 1A best 2,544 yards and 24 touchdowns this past fall. Parmely was joined last night by No. 6 senior Tyler Yonkovic (285) as the first-ever two state gold medalists for Maquoketa Valley.
In consolation action Saturday, eighth-ranked junior Ryan Szalat (113 pounds) placed eighth for the Gaels, while No. 1 senior Kaden McClintock (120) was seventh.
Szalat (31-8) dropped a 3-2 decision to Cardinal’s No. 7 Ryan Cale, while suffering a 19-3 technical fall in 4:27 to sixth-ranked Briar Cochran from Moravia. Szalat, who sports a varsity record of 97-24, was seventh here last year at 106.
McClintock (27-3) fell short in a 4-1 decision to Tri-Center’s No. 2 Christian Polley. McClintock, a four-time North Central Conference champion, then blanked Dalton Nelson of North Butler, 7-0. The Wartburg College recruit is a three-time state qualifier, who finished sixth at 113 as a junior.
“Any time you can get three guys on the stand, that’s good to see,” Utley said. “I was happy Kaden was able to come back and win his last match. Ryan will also have something to build off of going into next year after coming down (to Des Moines) again.”
Seventh-ranked St. Edmond tied with Underwood for 14th in the 1A team race with 34 points. No. 2 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (111) took home top honors.