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Duckett will not compete at sectionals for Gaels

SEHS junior still suffering from knee injury

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla St. Edmond junior Ryan Duckett, shown here at last year’s state tournament, will not compete at sectionals as he is still recovering from a knee injury.

St. Edmond junior Ryan Duckett has made the decision that he will not compete at sectional wrestling, as he is still recovering from an early January injury.

Duckett suffered a LCL strain with a deep bone bruise on his knee cap in a dual against Roland-Story on Jan. 9, and hasn’t been on the mat since. The Gaels’ 2019 state qualifier tested his knee Friday night at practice, but with his coaches and family by his side, they decided the best move was to not compete and heal up for next year.

“It’s really tough not being out there with my teammates, and it was an extremely hard decision,” Duckett said. “I have had everyone on my side doing everything they could to get me back on the mat by Saturday.

My trainer, Brian (Murman), coaches, (Eugene) Carlson and (Kaden) McClintock, and my family, my mom, dad, uncle and aunt have all done so much to help me recover mentally and physically. Unfortunately life had other plans and we decided it’s best that I sit this one out.”

Carlson said it was a tough decision for the 113-pounder, but the future is bright for the junior.

“Ryan’s injury happened with 50 seconds left in his match against Roland-Story and for him to finish, is a big salute to him,” Carlson said. “Unfortunately his injury hasn’t progressed to where his parents and I were comfortable moving forward this season.

“We’re always going to be cautious on the kids side. He’ll have a great opportunity to come back strong next year for his senior season. So we all decided not to jeopardize that.”

The Gaels will head to Manson Northwest Webster for a Class 1A sectional meet. Doors open at 11 a.m. in the Manson NW High School gym with action slated to begin at noon.

Five Gaels will compete, starting with freshman Ronnie Orress (19-11) at 106. Also wrestling for the Gaels will be sophomore Cayne Reed (2-19 at 138), freshman Johnny Dickerson (2-19 at 145), sophomores Tyler Rossmanith (6-17 at 152) and Grant Webster (2-19 at 160).

“We had a serious talk with the kids and they know there are big challenges ahead,” Carlson said. “It will be a tough mountain to climb, but realistic everyone can place and that’s goal for our young team to try and place, whether it be at the top or bottom.

“We are looking for them to step up and do the best they can and get some momentum moving forward.”

Joining the host Cougars and the Gaels will be Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Eagle Grove, Pocahontas Area, West Bend-Mallard and Belmond-Klemme.

There will be nine ranked wrestlers in the section. Christopher Krueger (152) and Brodie Anderson (182) are both ranked ninth for Manson Northwest Webster. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Tyler Stein (113) is 10th, Reed Abbas (145) is fourth and Garett Seaba (152) is 10th.

Eagle Grove’s Joel Mendoza (220) is No. 2 and Mark Dawson (145) is ninth. West Bend-Mallard’s Donavon Hanson is No. 5 at 106 and Pocahontas Area’s Dane Johnson is seventh at 285.

Area schools South Central Calhoun and East Sac County will compete in Moville, while North Union will bein Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Blake McAlister (160) and Jordan Khommanyvong (138) are ranked sixth and ninth respectively for the Titans. East Sac County’s Nate Thomsen is nith at 132 pounds.

In Class 2A, Humboldt will host a sectional meet. Competing with the Wildcats will be Southeast Valley, Webster City, Emmetsburg, Estherville-Lincoln Central and Okoboji.

Webster City’s Cam Phetxoumphone is the top-ranked wrestler at 106 pounds, while Humboldt’s Cole Nelson is fourth at the same weight. Humboldt’s Creston Craven is seventh at 120 and teammate Colton Goodell is 10th at 220. Emmetsburg’s Mason Griffin is the the seventh-ranked wrestler at 170 pounds.

Algona will head to Clear Lake for a sectional meet. Wrestling with the Bulldogs and Lions will be Forest City, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Hampton-Dumont and Osage.

Bulldog Andrew Hamilton is the lone ranked area wrestler in Clear Lake. Hamilton is rated fourth at 220 pounds.

AREA RANKED WRESTLERS AT SECTIONALS

at Moville

132 — 9. Nate Thomsen, sr., East Sac County; 138 — 9. Jordan Khommanyvong, jr., South Central Calhoun; 160 — 6. Blake McAlister, so., South Central Calhoun.

at Manson

106 — 4. Donavon, Hanson, jr., West Bend-Mallard; 113 — 10. Tyler Stein, sr., Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; 145 — 4. Reed Abbas, jr., Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; 9. Mark Dawson, sr., Eagle Grove; 152 — 9. Christopher Krueger, so., Manson Northwest Webster; 10. Garett Seaba, so., Clarion-Goldfield; 182 — 9. Brodie Anderson, so., Manson Northwest Webster; 220 — 2. Joel Mendoza, sr., Eagle Grove; 285 — 7. Dane Johnson, jr., Pocahontas Area.

at Clear Lake

220 — 4. Andrew Hamilton, sr., Algona.

at Humboldt

106 — 1. Cam Phetxoumphone, so., Webster City; 4. Cole Nelson, sr., Humboldt; 120 — 7. Creston Craven, sr., Humboldt; 170 — 7. Mason Griffin, sr., Emmetsburg; 220 — 10. Colton Goodell, Humboldt, jr.

CLASS 2A SECTIONALS

At Clear Lake (Districts at Algona)

Algona, Clear Lake, Forest City,Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Hampton-Dumont, Osage.

At Humboldt (Districts at Algona)

Emmetsburg, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Humboldt, Okoboji, Southeast Valley, Webster City.

CLASS 1A SECTIONALS

At Moville, Woodbury Central (Districts at MVAOCOU, Mapleton)

Akron-Westfield, Alta-Aurelia, East Sac County, Hinton, Lawton-Bronson, South Central Calhoun, Westwood, Woodbury Central.

At Manson Northwest Webster (Districts at Sioux Central)

Belmond-Klemme, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Eagle Grove, Manson Northwest Webster, Pocahontas Area, St. Edmond, West Bend-Mallard.

At Sibley-Ocheyedan (Districts at Sioux Central)

Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire, North Union, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Central, Weist Sioux, Western Christian.