The hunger for success in Des Moines only grew Thursday night.
Kuemper Catholic's 138 pound wrestler, Shea Parkis, went 1-1 at the State wrestling tournament on Thursday, securing himself at least one more round.
Parkis is making his second-straight trip to Wells Fargo Arena, but the start was eerily similar to last year.
Parkis battled tough in his opening round as he took on Monticello wrestler, Kain Luensman. Luensman grabbed an early advantage, scoring an early takedown, and then adding three points off a nearfall late in the first period.
Despite facing a 5-0 deficit, Parkis started to make a comeback. After an early reversal by Luensman Parkis broke onto the scoreboard with an escape and then a takedown.
Going into the third period Parkis trailed 7-3. The third period had Parkis wrestling mostly on defense. Parkis was able to get an escape point and a two point takedown, but Luensman was able to claim the win 12-6.
That match left Parkis in a precarious position. He'd have to win his next round in order to stay alive in the tournament.
In the consolation match Parkis squared off against Austin Wilkins of Decorah. Neither wrestler gained much of an advantage over each other in the first period. In the second period Wilkins took a lead off a late escape.
Parkis needed the deficit as a bit of motivation. Parkis started the third period with an early escape to tie the match.
Throughout the third period Parkis had been on the attack, and he was able to gain a two point takedown late in the period.
That gave Parkis the lead. Wilkins made things interesting with an escape with three seconds left in the match, but Parkis was able to gain the victory 3-2 to keep his tournament alive.
"Shea wrestled well in both his matches," said Kuemper wrestling coach Shane Vaughan. "He came out aggressive and was able to get to his offense right away."
On Friday Parkis will take on either Vinton-Shellsburg's Brady Ortner (36-9) or Assumption Davenport's Michael Macias (28-3).