Teddie Harvey knows just how close he was to competing on the grand wrestling stage.
Last year, Harvey advanced to the Class 1A 145-pound semifinals. He rebounded to place fifth overall in his second state appearance for St. Edmond.
Now, as a fourth-ranked senior at 152 pounds, Harvey has his sights set on wrestling under the bright lights of the state finals.
"I went right back to work when state got over," Harvey said. "I was happy to make it to the semifinals, but I wasn't satisfied. I wanted to do more and I am glad I have one more chance."
Harvey is currently 12-0 and has earned three invite titles. For his career, he sports an overall mark of 112-26 - including at least 30 wins in each of the past three years.
St. Edmond head coach Tanner Utley has worked with Harvey for several years now despite this being his first season directing the program. Utley is a former Gael wrestler and state qualifier.
TIMEOUT WITH TEDDIE HARVEY
Vacation destination: San Diego.
People I would like to have dinner with: Tom Brands, Dan Gable and grandpa.
My sports role model: Tanner Utley.
My everyday role model: Eddie Harvey.
I can't go a day without: Gatorade.
Superstition: wearing the same shorts and socks.
Most heated rivalry: Manson Northwest Webster.
Favorite road trip: going to state wrestling in Des Moines.
What are you listening to right now? country.
Team: Minnesota Vikings.
Class: study hall.
Movie: Home Alone.
"Tanner and I have been working out ever since he came into the wrestling room," Harvey said. "I've been with him all summer. He brings the college experience (of wrestling) to the room, and he toughens us up."
Much like the Flattery name has occupied several spots on the basketball court and baseball field, the Harvey name currently has three slots in the wrestling lineup.
Vinnie and Eddie are both Teddie's brothers, while Frankie is another brother who previously grappled for St. Edmond.
"I like it a lot," Harvey said. "We feed off each other and go at it a lot in the practice room."
Along with being a mainstay in the Gael wrestling lineup, Harvey was also one of the top tacklers in all the state this past fall for the SEHS football team.
Harvey made 184 stops, including 12 for a loss on the gridiron. His tackle total was second-most in Iowa among all classes.
Harvey also registered 145 tacklers as a junior, and added three sacks.
"Football is just a fun sport to play," Harvey said. "It gets you in shape - not as good of shape as you need to be in for wrestling, but having success helps to build up your confidence into the next season."
St. Edmond allowed fewer than 10 points in eight games this past year, including three shutouts. Harvey was a first team all-district selection.
Harvey earned second team all-district status as a junior. Both years, the Gaels qualified for the state playoffs and advanced past the first round.
As for his future plans, Harvey is currently undecided. He is still considering wrestling at the collegiate level.