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Gaels head to Carroll

December 15, 2012
By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net

CARROLL - The ninth-ranked (Class 1A) St. Edmond wrestling team will look to continue their strong tournament season when they compete in the Tiger-Knight Invitational today.

Action begins at 10 a.m. at Carroll Kuemper High School.

Defending tourney champion Guthrie Center returns, along with Manson Northwest Webster, Pocahontas Area, Denison Schleswig, and co-hosts Carroll and Carroll Kuemper.

Exira-EHK replaces Storm Lake this season to complete the eight-team field.

The Gaels scored a runner-up performance last weekend at the Emmetsburg Invitational, placing only behind 3A program Fort Dodge. St. Edmond also captured the Doug Wood Invitational earlier this year.

"(Emmetsburg) was a good tournament for us, but we need to keep building off that," SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. "We didn't have a good performance (this past Thursday), and I hope the kids come out with a better sense of intensity.

"They showed that in practice (Friday), so hopefully it carries over."

Leading the way for the Gaels are three ranked wrestlers, including No. 1 Vinnie Harvey at 220 pounds. Teddie Harvey is fourth at 152 pounds, while Kaden McClintock is fifth at 113.

Ryan Szalat and both Harveys return as champions from the Tiger-Knight a season ago.

"We're going to see some of the same kids we've faced earlier this year," Utley said. "It will be interesting to see if we can build a gap in the matches we won, and maybe change the outcome in the ones we didn't."

Kuemper boasts a pair of ranked wrestlers in No. 4 Jared Eischeid and ninth-ranked Alexander Schmitz, while Manson Northwest Webster's Payton Rice (second) and Pocahontas Area's David Olson (sixth) are also in the latest rankings.

Tourney-newcomer Exira-EHK has No. 10 Trey Sander.

Rice earned an invite title here last year, while Olson placed second.

 
 

 

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