The dominence of the St. Edward High wrestling program is everywhere.
The school has earned numerous state championships and produced many, many state champs.
At last weekend’s NCAA National Championships in St. Louis, the Ed’s scorecard at the college level added more ammo.
Four-time state champ Dean Heil, a junior at Oklahoma State, capped a 32-0 season and won his second straight NCAA championship.
Ty Walz of Virginia Tech also placed at the tournament, taking fourth at 285 pounds to become a two-time All-America.
The accomplisments give the St. Edward High wrestling program a real claim to fame: Eagle grads have earned college All-America honors for 34 years straight.
Adding to the drama of Heil’s championship was the fact he faced St. Ignatius grad George DiCamillo (Virginia) in the finals. It was a tough and close match, but Heil lodged a decisive takdown in the third period to seal a 6-3 victory.
The battle was being called a ‘Holy War’ in St. Louis and even Heil, in a prematch interview on ESPN, said it would be a good, old-fashioned West Side Cleveland rumble.
For DiCamillo, the runner-up performance caps a distinguished collegiate career. He is a four-time ACC champ and become just the third Virginia wrestler to reach the NCAA finals.
St. Edward Hall of All-America Fame
St. Edward Honor Roll of NCAA Champions
Jim Heffernan (Iowa) – Division I 1986
Greg Wright (Edinboro) – Division II 1986
Alan Fried (Oklahoma State) – Division I 1994
Ryan Bertin (Michigan) – Division I 2003, 2005
Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) – Division I 2016
St. Edward Honor Roll of NAIA Champions
Duke McKean (Olivet Nazarene) 1992, 1993
St. Edward Honor Roll of College All-Americans
1980: Jeff Golz
1982: Mike Elinsky
1983: Jim Heffernan
1984: Tom Diamond, Greg Elinsky, Jim Mason
1985: Greg Elinsky, Jim Heffernan, David Held
1986: Greg Elinsky, Jim Heffernan, Greg Wright, David Held
1987: Greg Elinsky, Jim Heffernan, John Heffernan
1988: John Heffernan, Terry Kennedy
1989: Terry Kennedy
1990: Mike Mason
1991: Alan Fried
1992: Alan Fried, Duke McKean
1993: Rick Hepp, Duke McKean
1994: Alan Fried, Rick Hepp
1995: Roger Chandler, Rick Hepp
1996: Roger Chandler
1997: Roger Chandler
1998: Sam Neider
1999: Andy Hrovat, Sam Neider, Zach Thompson
2000: Zach Thompson
2001: Andy Hrovat, Mike Kulczycki, Gray Maynard, Yoshi Nakamura
2002: Ryan Bertin, Andy Hrovat, Gray Maynard, Yoshi Nakamura
2003: Ryan Bertin, Gray Maynard
2004: Ryan Bertin, Mark Jayne
2005: Ryan Bertin, Mark Jayne
2006: Ryan Lang
2007: Ryan Lang, Lance Palmer
2008: Lance Palmer
2009: Lance Palmer
2010: Lance Palmer
2011: Chris Honeycutt
2012: Chris Honeycutt
2013: Nick Sulzer
2014: Nick Sulzer
2015: Dean Heil, Nick Sulzer, Ty Walz
2016: Dean Heil, Ty Walz
2017: Dean Heil, Ty Walz