Challenging Day at St. Edmond Duals

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Ty Smith of St. Edmond wrestles against Southeast Valley's Carter Fluckiger during Gaels Invitational on Saturday

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Ty Smith of St. Edmond wrestles against Southeast Valley's Carter Fluckiger during Gaels Invitational on Saturday

St. Edmond head wrestling coach Matthew Petsinger was just starting to feel like his lineup was settling into their respective spots entering Saturday’s home dual tournament.

That’s when, as Petsinger said, “you always have to expect the unexpected.”

Senior state medalist Cole Allison suffered an elbow injury during his second match of the day, leaving him sidelined indefinitely.

St. Edmond went 0-5 over the course of the tournament, as West Hancock picked up the team title with a 5-0 record. Southeast Valley was second followed by Roland-Story, AGWSR and Clarke.

“I am praying for the positive with Cole,” Petsinger said. “I don’t know much right now, so I definitely don’t know when — or if — he will be back this season.

“He’s a senior, so we are hoping for the best. This is a chance for Cole to learn a life lesson and deal with this adversity.”

The ninth-ranked 126-pounder had scored a fall in his first match of the day, pinning AGWSR’s Keaton Penning in 11 seconds. He was voted the team MVP for the tournament.

“Just when we think we have everyone back (Cole’s brother, Connor, returned to the mats for the first time this past week), something happens,” Petsinger said. “That’s sports for you.”

Connor Allison put together a 4-1 record on the day, as did Noah Carlson. Sam Brown had two wins, while Katie Julius and Ty Smith recorded one each.

“This whole week has been long for the kids,” Petsinger said. “Some of them had 10 matches total, which for a group that isn’t very experienced outside of a couple, that is a lot of wrestling in a week.

“But they mustered through and now we are to the fun part of the season. When we get to conference and sectionals, we’ll have already been through a battle like this week was and we can continue to go on through it.”

Brown and Julius, juniors who joined the team midway through the season, continue to impress Petsinger with their heart and desire.

“These girls talked about coming out next year as seniors and I am so glad we got them out now,” he said. “They’ll have almost an entire season under their belts next year. They just keep coming out and fighting each match.”

Carlson, a freshman, improved his season record to 13-11. Petsinger said this is “all about getting him valuable experience to grow over these next three years,” but added there is more to the season than just that.

“I want all of these kids to make it to state,” he said. “That’s the goal. We are going to fight as hard as we can to make that happen.”

Southeast Valley had four wrestlers go 5-0 on the day, including fifth-ranked Kyler Fisher. Joining Fisher with five wins were Kaelen Lundberg, Colden Bethel and Trey Lawrence, while Quinton Clancy, Clayton McFarland and Mason Goodwin won four each.

Brayton Sweeney, Xavier Nichols and Colton Klingson had three victories each, with Carter Fluckiger and Sam Hemmetsad picking up two wins apiece.

In what served as the “championship dual,” West Hancock scored 18 bonus points, as the two split the matches 7-7. Fisher had a 5-2 decision over No. 6 (170 pounds) Jordan Weiland at 182 pounds, while Lundberg, Bethel and Clancy each recorded falls.

Fisher is now 26-0 on the season, with Lawrence improving his record to 22-3 and Lundberg 19-6.

St. Edmond is back in action on Thursday when they travel to Clear Lake for a North Central Conference triangular with the Lions and Webster City.

ST. EDMOND DUALS

Team Standings

1. West Hancock, 5-0; 2. Southeast Valley, 4-1; 3. Roland-Story, 3-2; 4. AGWSR, 2-3; 5. Clarke, 1-4; 6. St. Edmond, 0-5.

Dual results

AGWSR 40, St. Edmond 24; Clarke 22, St. Edmond 21; Roland-Story 51, St. Edmond 0; Southeast Valley 60, St. Edmond 13; West Hancock 65, St. Edmond 10.

Southeast Valley 60, AGWSR 16; Southeast Valley 54, Clarke 28; West Hancock 39, Southeast Valley 36; Southeast Valley 46, Roland-Story 24.

AGWSR 30, Clarke 27; West Hancock 69, AGWSR 0; Roland-Story 48, AGWSR 22; Roland-Story 40, Clarke 30; West Hancock 60, Clarke 12; West Hancock 60, Roland-Story 18.

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