Vinnie Harvey fuels himself with the disappointment of his state wrestling tournament last year.
Harvey, who went 1-2 inside Wells Fargo Arena as a 10th-grader, has focused his complete attention on never experiencing that feeling again.
So far, the top-ranked 220-pound St. Edmond junior is a perfect 21-0, including five victories in helping lead the Gaels to a duals title at their own tournament Saturday inside the SEHS gym.
Harvey went 39-7 last season as a sophomore, but was knocked out following back-to-back defeats at state.
"I feel like I am at my best right now mentally," Harvey said. "I am just trying to visualize each match before I go out there and be mentally strong.
"I don't want to experience losing like I did last year again."
ST. EDMOND DUALS TOURNAMENT
St. Edmond 57, Prairie Valley 20; Boone 38, AGWSR 23; West Hancock 48, Roland-Story 30.
St. Edmond 67, Roland-Story 12; West Hancock 50, AGWSR 27; Boone 51, Prairie Valley 21.
St. Edmond 51, West Hancock 21; Boone 46, Roland-Story 34; AGWSR 55, Prairie Valley 24.
St. Edmond 46, AGWSR 23; Prairie Valley 49, Roland-Story 30; Boone 37, West Hancock 34.
St. Edmond 43, Boone 26; Prairie Valley 42, West Hancock 36; Roland-Story 36, AGWSR 33.
Harvey had little trouble on the afternoon, scoring a victory over No. 10 Kevin Tlach of West Hancock in a featured bout. The win was another over a rated grappler this year, as the Gael has also toppled No. 2 Mitch Gambrill of Clarion-Goldfield and eighth-ranked Tayler Wegner from Emmetsburg.
"I was able to really attack and get after it (against Tlach)," Harvey said. "Being the top-ranked wrestler, I don't really think about it like I am No. 1; I just want to go out there and wrestle my best and earn the victory."
Along with Harvey, Ryan Szalat, No. 4 Kaden McClintock, fourth-rated Teddie Harvey, and freshmen Nick Johnson and Chase Craven each went undefeated on the day.
Jimmy Averill and Dillon Nelson both posted 4-1 records, while Eddie Harvey and Matt Stumpf went 3-2. Caelan Burbank and Colten Lastine finished 2-3.
"I'm happy with all the mat time we got (Saturday), especially for the younger guys like Nick and Chase," SEHS head coach Tanner Utley said. "I thought both (Johnson and Craven) wrestled some of their best out there.
"Jimmy and Dillon each had really good days, as did Eddie and Matt. Overall, it was a good performance from us."
St. Edmond and Boone entered the final round of duals with 4-0 records, meaning the title would be determined from the pairing. The Gaels earned a fall right off the bat from Teddie Harvey, but Boone - a Class 3A program - responded with back-to-back victories.
Nelson and Vinnie Harvey earned wins to make it 15-11, but Boone's Cory Irwin scored a fall at heavyweight, pushing the Toreadors back on top. From there, the Gaels scored triumphs at five of the remaining seven weights, including pins by Szalat, McClintock, Stumpf and Craven.
Stumpf and Craven's falls came at nearly the same time, as St. Edmond put an exclamation point on the meet.
"It was good to have Boone down here because they brought out plenty of intensity in our team," said Utley, who invited the Toreadors after Clarion-Goldfield opted out. "They are a 3A school and had a complete lineup. They forced us to wrestle some of our best to earn the victory."
The Gaels will hit the mats three times next week, heading to Mason City Newman on Tuesday, Humboldt on Thursday and the Coon Rapids-Bayard dual tournament Saturday.
Boone ended up as the runner-up, followed by a tie between Prairie Valley and West Hancock - who each finished 2-3. AGWSR and Roland-Story went 1-4.