Prep Wrestling

Xavier wrestlers reflect on 2017-18 season

HS journalism: Freshman Ivan Thomas eyes state title in future

Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Keegan Schultschik (right) wrestles Johnston’s Thomas Edwards during the Class 3A state quarterfinals at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines last month. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Keegan Schultschik (right) wrestles Johnston’s Thomas Edwards during the Class 3A state quarterfinals at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines last month. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The wrestling season at Xavier High School brought a variety of hellos and goodbyes.

The Saints welcomed freshman Ivan Thomas, who shows promise for a successful career in the future. They said goodbye to senior Keegan Schultschik, who broke many records and brought great leadership to the team.

Thomas and Schultschik both qualified for the state wrestling tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines last month. Thomas, at 106 pounds, wrestled freshman Bryce Parke from Linn-Mar and lost, 7-5. He then lost to sophomore Austin Kegley of Cedar Rapids Prairie, eliminating him from the tournament.

“It was exciting to be in the Wells Fargo Arena and competing for the Saints,” Thomas said. “It was a great experience, and I am hoping for a greater success next year.”

Schultschik, at 120 pounds, pinned junior Dayne Cordray from Fort Madison in his first match, then lost by decision twice, eliminating him from the tournament. Schultschik compiled a 34-11 record.

“Wrestling at the Wells Fargo Arena is always a ton of fun,” Schultschik said. “The atmosphere there is incredible.”

Schultschik collected more than 100 wins and broke the nearfall record.

“The thing I am going to miss most about Xavier wrestling is the coaching staff and the team,” Schultschik said. “The environment that the parents, supporters and fans give us helps us immensely.”

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Schultschik has left a mark on Xavier wrestling that has impacted many. He will be remembered by his leadership and hard work.

“Keegan is a great leader in the wrestling room,” Thomas said. “He always worked hard and made others work harder. He made every other wrestler better.”

Thomas has many more Xavier wrestling days ahead of him, and already has set high expectations for himself.

“My goal is to be a state champion,” Thomas said. “I learned a lot from competing at state this year.”

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