Duckett perseveres to go 3-1
Ryan Duckett knew if he wanted to turn in a solid performance at the St. Edmond Duals on Saturday, he would have to fight through his illness.
Duckett, who missed the Gaels triangular on Thursday with Alta-Aurelia and Iowa Falls-Alden while dealing with strep throat, figured it was going to be a tough task.
“During my matches, I felt weak and tired,” Duckett said. “But I knew I had to keep competing and go out there and wrestle tough.
“It’s nice to be at home and see the fans come out and support us.”
After a bump in the first round of the duals — a 10-3 setback against Southeast Valley’s Coledon Bethel — Duckett recorded two falls and a decision the rest of the way.
“I knew I had to fight through it,” Duckett said. “If I want to keep getting better, I had to keep going.”
Short-handed St. Edmond went 0-4 on the day, while West Hancock was 4-0 and Southeast Valley finished 3-1.
“After the first round, we had to re-evaluate things. We didn’t have much energy (early on),” said St. Edmond head coach Eugene Carlson. “Right now we are just trying to learn valuable lessons each time. We have a lot of young wrestlers and at each practice, we try to teach one move and work on that.
“Next we’ll have some kids at a junior varsity tournament and let them get some mat time. It isn’t about results at this point — it’s about progression as we go through the season.”
With a 3-1 finish at 113 pounds, Duckett is now 7-2 in his career at his program’s home invite. In his second match of the day, the sophomore earned a 4-2 decision over Roland-Story’s Joe Hovick. He then had falls over West Hancock’s Nathan Cabrera (3:28) and AGWSR’s Zach Johnson (:29).
“Ryan has been battling strep throat, and just had a tough time against a good kid (from SV),” Carlson said. “After that match, he looked a lot better.
“There are valuable lessons to take from a loss. So he just needs to keep moving forward.”
Cayne Reed (132) earned two forfeit victories. Clay Kelley (138) and Jonah Hindt (170) also had forfeit wins.
“Cayne had a good day and is really working on things,” Carlson said. “He started the season late, but is catching on.
“He was taking some good shots. He’s a har worker.”
The Gaels are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Webster City to face the Lynx and Humboldt.
ST. EDMOND DUALS
1. West Hancock 4-0; 2. Southeast Valley 3-1; 3. Roland-Story 2-2; 4. AGWSR 1-3; 5. St. Edmond 0-4.
Southeast Valley 81, St. Edmond 0
West Hancock 61, Roland-Story 15
West Hancock 39, Southeast Valley 27
Roland-Story 49, AGWSR 12
Roland-Story 54, St. Edmond 15
West Hancock 66, AGWSR 13
West Hancock 78, St. Edmond 6
Southeast Valley 66, AGWSR 76
AGWSR 41, St. Edmond 18
Southeast Valley 64, Roland-Story 18