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Gaels head to Boxholm

St. Edmond will face SE Webster-Grand, PAC

December 13, 2007
By JOSH MEYER, Messenger Sports Writer
BOXHOLM — The St. Edmond wrestling squad seeks its first victory of the season when it competes in a triangular meet with non-conference area rivals Southeast Webster-Grand and Pocahontas Area.

Action is scheduled for 6 p.m. here tonight. The Eagles square off with the Indians first, followed by the Gaels against Pocahontas Area. The final dual of the evening features St. Edmond and SW-G.

After having two straight meets postponed due to inclement weather conditions, the Gaels finally returned to the mat on Saturday at the Garner-Hayfield Invitational.

Things didn’t go as planned for head coach Jim Allison’s squad, though, as SEHS dropped all four duals, including a 53-24 loss to No. 5 (Class 1A) Twin River Valley.

‘‘We just weren’t ready to go (on Saturday) and we got paddled pretty good,’’ said Allison. ‘‘I know we can wrestle much better than we have so far this season.’’

Sophomores Lance Maguire and Mason Waddell each picked up three wins at Garner, while Michael Hancock, Andrew Bianchi and Riley Utley all finished with 2-2 marks.

Maguire (103), Hancock (112), Bianchi (130), Sam Maggio (135), Waddell (140), Thomas Yung (145), Stephen Steck (152), David Lindner (160), Carter Steele (189) and Dylan Feldman (215) are in Allison’s lineup for tonight’s meet.

Fifth-ranked (Class 1A) Thomas McLoughlin (171) remains sidelined with a foot injury suffered during the football season. Riley Utley (215) will also miss tonight’s meet due to a knee injury.

‘‘McLoughlin and Utley might both be back sometime next week,’’ Allison said. ‘‘I think we’ll have several changes in the middle of our lineup as a result, because we have a number of kids trying out for different spots and there have been a lot of close matches between them.’’

Southeast Webster-Grand was in action at Maxwell last weekend. The Eagles finished 2-3, earning wins over South Hardin (36-29) and North Mahaska (40-24).

Cody Vegors (189) recorded five pins to lead the Eagles, while Clayton Bills (152) tallied four. Top-ranked Dillon Heesch (285) is the top gun for the Eagles, as the senior claimed the 215-pound state title a year ago.

‘‘St. Edmond is a fairly young team, but they have some quality kids, and Pocahontas Area is always strong,’’ said SW-G head coach Tim Anderlik. ‘‘It’s going to be a brawl for us, and we’ll really need our younger kids to step up.

‘‘This will be our first home meet of the season, so hopefully, we can give it our best effort.’’

Pocahontas Area boasts a strong lineup of their own, led by eight-rated Zach Beekman (135). The Indians have started the season a perfect 4-0 in duals, but head coach Mitch Parker knows his squad will have their work cut out for themselves.

‘‘St. Edmond and Southeast Webster-Grand have some very talented wrestlers and they’ll be ready,’’ Parker said. ‘‘It seems like both teams always set their records aside and wrestle at a higher level when competing against us.’’

St. Edmond and Pocahontas Area travel to Carroll for the Tiger-Knight tourney on Saturday, while Southeast Webster-Grand will head to North Polk’s tournament this weekend.

Contact Josh Meyer at (515) 573-2141, or by e-mail at

Fact Box

St. Edmond
103: Lance Maguire, jr. 3-2
112: Michael Hancock, jr. 2-3
119: Open
125: Open
130: Andrew Bianchi, jr. 3-2
135: Sam Maggio, fr. 0-0
140: Mason Waddell, so. 3-2
145: Thomas Yung, jr. 0-5
152: Stephen Steck, jr. 1-4
160: David Lindner, fr. 1-4
171: Open
189: Carter Steele, jr. 2-3
215: Dylan Feldman, sr. 0-5
285: Open

Southeast Webster-Grand (2-5)
103 — Open; 112 — Thomas Elder; 119 — Jared Carnicle; 125 — Andy Hauswirth; 130 — Open; 135 — Open; 140 — Open; 145 — Open; 152 — Clayton Bills; 160 — Chance Copper; 171 — Zach Carstensen; 189 — Cody Vegors; 215 — Devon Gallentine; 285 — Dillon Heesch.

Pocahontas Area (4-0)
103 — Open; 112 — Daus Smith; 119 — Devin Ellrich; 125 — Brad Ollinger; 130 — Spencer Beekman; 135 — Zach Beekman; 140 — Shane Kirkegaard; 145 — Nick Lybarger; 152 — Zach Kopriva; 160 — Chey Payer or Chris Reeves; 171 — Kendall Sommerlot; 189 — Tom Brinkman; 215 — Josh Winegarden, so.; 285 — Clay Wentzel.



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