Cale becomes first Comet to medal since 2005
DES MOINES — Junior Ryan Cale became the first Cardinal wrestler to place at the state individual wrestling tournament since 2005 over the weekend.
The 113-pound Comet fell in the quarterfinals, but a remarkable ride through the consolation bracket earned him a fourth-place finish in all of Class 1A.
The result was the culmination of a fantastic postseason for Cale, who won both sectional and district titles for Cardinal.
“Within the past few weeks he’s been putting it all together. Every week he keeps getting better,” said Cardinal head coach Tom Lamansky. “He works hard, has the smarts and with that combination has found his way to the top.”
Cale picked up a pin in his opener before falling 5-3 in overtime to Zach Ulven of Westwood in the quarterfinals.
In the consolation bracket, he won by fall in 3:37 over Jose Montes of West Sioux and rolled to a 6-0 decision against Christian Polley of Tri-Center. Cale continued his ride with an 8-4 decision over Kaden McClintock of St. Edmond to set up a rematch with Ulven in the third-place match. Once again, Ulven squeaked by Cale, winning by 2-0 decision to claim bronze.
Saturday’s finish surprised even Lamansky.
“I was surprised. I didn’t think he’d go as far as he did, but I knew he’d make the podium,” said Lamansky. “It’s quite an inspiration for the team, and hopefully we can build off that for next year.”
Until Saturday, Clint Eakins and Logan Frescoln were the most recent place winners for Cardinal. Both wrestlers took fourth-place medals back to Eldon in 2005.
Cale’s junior season concludes with a 38-10 record, and his eyes will be on the ultimate prize as a senior next winter.
“It was definitely a big confidence-builder,” Lamansky added. “He already told me he has plans to be Cardinal’s first state champion next season.”
Pekin’s Austyn Vogel also made it to day two but saw his 100-win career come to an end with a pair of losses Friday. The 152-pound senior earned a 13-11 overtime win in his opening round match vs. Wilton’s Kaleb Schmidt, then lost an 8-4 decision to Nodaway Valley’s Kain Queck in the quarterfinals. His tournament run ended with a 9-2 loss to Brady Bailey of Emmetsburg in the second round of consolation matches.
Vogel fought to a 31-10 record in his senior season.