MANSON - St. Edmond stepped up to the challenge in its quest to repeat at Saturday's annual Doug Wood Cougar Invitational.
Behind five individual gold-medalists, the Gael wrestling team captured their second straight tournament title, accumulating 235 points. Host Manson Northwest Webster (217) settled for another runner-up showing with four champions.
"I'm really starting to see us make strides from the start of the year, and (yesterday) was a big step forward," SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. "We still have to clean up some things and improve on wrestling for a full six minutes, but nothing is ever perfect.
"Overall, I thought we gave a great effort. Our kids have been watching film and really putting in a lot of time to keep getting better."
Sophomore Ryan Szalat (106 pounds), sixth-ranked junior Kaden McClintock (113), freshman Nick Johnson (126), No. 5 senior Teddie Harvey (152) and fifth-rated junior Vinnie Harvey (220) all secured top honors for the Gaels. Teddie Harvey won his third consecutive Doug Wood Cougar Invitational championship, while McClintock and Vinnie Harvey earned their second meet titles in a row.
"We really battled out (on the mat), especially some of our more inexperienced guys," said Utley. "I thought Nick Johnson had a heck of a day in a tough bracket."
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(Saturday's results at Manson)
1. St. Edmond, 235; 2. Manson Northwest Webster, 217; 3. Ogden, 167; 4. Ridge View, 167; 5. OA-BCIG, 144; 6. South Hamilton, 109; 7. Alta-Aurelia, 81.5; 8. East Sac County, 25; 9. West Bend-Mallard, 20; 10. Manson Northwest Webster JV, 18; 11. Clarinda Academy, 16.
Championship: Ryan Szalat, SE, dec. Jake Wulf, OA-BCIG, 7-1; Third place: Chase Bulten MNW, pinned Colten Larson, A-A, 3:02.
Championship: Kaden McClintock, SE, tech. fall Kolby Munson, Ogden, 17-0; Third place: Justin Sadler, OA-BCIG, pinned Collin Bulten, MNW, :27.
Championship: Kyler Kiner, Ogden, tech. fall Luke Kliegl, RV, 21-6; Third place: JD Rader, SH, pinned Harley Janssen, MNW, 1:18.
Championship: Nick Johnson, SE, dec, Jorge McDonald, A-A, 7-4; Third place: Austin Sadler, OA-BCIG, pinned Shawn Heaning, Ogden, 4:48.
Championship: Cody Blair, MNW, pinned Austin McCloud, Ogden, 1:24; Third place: Jordan Toillon, SH, pinned Ryan Cougill, RV, 1:30.
Championship: Payton Rice, MNW, pinned Jason Kenny, RV, :27; Third place: Matt Stumpf, SE, dec. Dane Treiber, OA-BCIG, 8-5.
Championship: Connor Alne, MNW, dec. Tylar Hansen, RV, 5-0; Third place: Parker Huebsch, SE, dec. Jimmy Foster, Ogden, 4-1.
Championship: Teddie Harvey, SE, pinned Parry Starling, MNW, :37; Third place: Max Reiter, SH, pinned Ian Soder, Ogden, 5:59.
Championship: Dru Kenny, RV, pinned Brady Wheelock, Ogden, 1:05; Third place: Kaleb Young, OA-BCIG, major dec. Jacob Haugland, SH, 11-0.
Championship: Henry Haglund, Ogden, dec. Lucas Dolder, MNW, 9-8; Third place: Jackson Rosenthal, A-A, pinned Dan Eubank, WB-M, 1:06.
Championship: Cash Wilcke, OA-BCIG, major dec. Dillon Nelson, SE, 8-0; Third place: Corey Carson, Ogden, pinned Nathan Krueger, MNW, 5:18.
Championship: Henry Sippel, RV, pinned Jacob Salisbury, SE, 1:17; Third place: Tanner Peterson, MNW, dec. Logan Koopman, SH, 7-6.
Championship: Vinnie Harvey, SE, pinned Matt Davidson, RV, 3:28; Third place: Garrett Van Houten, A-A, major dec. Jake Matthies, OA-BCIG, 11-2.
Championship: Tim Butcher, MNW, pinned Phil Dorage, MNW JV, :57; Third place: Josh Lutter, SH, pinned TaQuesis Young, CA, 1:59.
Johnson knocked off Ogden's seventh-ranked 113-pound Shawn Heaning in his opener by fall. He then followed with a major decision and a decision.
Szalat registered a pin, technical fall and decision, and McClintock posted two falls and a technical fall.
Vinnie Harvey stuck all three of his opponents, including No. 3 Michael Davidson of Ridge View in the finals. Older brother Teddie Harvey received a bye and collected a pair of falls.
"Everyone of our guys should strive to be just like Teddie," Utley said. "Vinnie came out and took care of business, too, pinning his way to a title."
In addition, St. Edmond seniors Dillon Nelson (182) and Jacob Salisbury (195) each took home silver. Senior Matt Stumpf (138) and junior Parker Huebsch (145) both grabbed bronze.
"For Salisbury and Stumpf to get second and third, respectively, was pretty impressive," said Utley.
Picking up gold for the Cougars were senior Cody Blair (132), top-ranked junior Payton Rice (138), senior Connor Alne (145) and freshman Tim Butcher (285). Blair and Butcher notched three falls apiece, while Rice had a bye and two pins and Alne delivered a fall, major decision and decision. Rice, a state runner-up last winter, has now prevailed three consecutive years at the Doug Wood Cougar Invitational.
"From top to bottom, I thought we wrestled awesome for as young as we are," MNW head coach Stacey Rice said. "We knew coming in it would probably come down to St. Edmond and us (for the title). Since I've been coaching, this has probably been the best start (to a season) as far as work ethic in the room and dedication to the program. I can't complain with any of the results (Saturday)."
Juniors Parry Starling (152) and Lucas Dolder (170) each managed runner-up efforts for Manson Northwest Webster, which previously won their own tournament crown five straight times from 2006-2010. Finishing third for the Cougars were freshman Chase Bulten (106) and junior Tanner Peterson (195).
For the Manson Northwest Webster junior varsity, sophomore Phil Dorage (285) checked in second.
West Bend-Mallard was anchored by senior Ben Eubank, who placed fourth at 170. East Sac County juniors Colin Haberl (138) and Caleb Heun (160) were each fifth.
Other champions were Ogden's No. 1 Kyler Kiner (120) and Henry Haglund (170), Ridge View's Dru Kenny (160) and Henry Sippel (195) and OA-BCIG's fourth-ranked Cash Wilcke (182).