Category: VSN Wrestling Feature

Cooper, Fedalen, and Wimmer bring home hardware

by Billy Loverocket

The Walsh Ironman tournament held at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio is considered by many to be the nation’s toughest in-season tournament. Nationally ranked wrestlers are loaded throughout the brackets. It’s like an all-star meet, a who’s-who of the wrestling world, if you will.

MIAA powers McDonogh and Mt. St. Joe took the pilgrimage west this weekend. St. Joe came up empty-handed, but McDonogh saw three wrestlers reach the podium.

At 106, super freshman Richard Fedalen put his name on the high school map. After a decorated junior league career, this showing legitimizes Fedalen’s standing as a dangerous high school wrestler as well. In the fifth-place bout, Fedalen downed Evan Hollaway (New Kent, Virginia), 5-4, in the ultimate tie-breaker period.

Defending private school state champion and National Prep runner-up, Cooper Flynn, a sophomore, won the seventh-place bout at 113lbs with a 5-2 decision of Colton Drousias (Mt. Carmel, Illinois).

Jack Wimmer, a two-time state and National Prep placer, landed in the eighth spot at 195 after falling in a tight battle with Kolby Franklin (St. Joseph’s Academy, Pennsylvania), 3-2.

Pictured above: Cooper Flynn, who placed seventh at 113, was one of three McDonogh wrestlers to bring home medals at the nation's toughest tournament, the Walsh Ironman.

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