Kadel co-captains All-GTNS wrestling team
By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
It was another intense season on the mats for area wrestlers. The year saw a handful of southeast Iowa matmen rise through the rankings throughout the wrestling season and a healthy number of state qualifiers.
The All-GTNS wrestling team is made up of 14 athletes from both big and small schools that excelled not only in the postseason, but in the regular season as well.
Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union’s Jarod Kadel (106 lbs.) split MVP honors this season with Washington’s Trey Van Weelden (152 lbs.). Both wrestlers finished second at the state tournament in Des Moines.
The heavier weights weigh heavily on the list, especially at 195 lbs., where three of the 14 wrestlers can be found.
Each All GTNS wrestler is listed after his weight class and they are listed in order from lightest to heaviest.
Coach: Brent Van Weelden, Washington
For the second-straight year, it was an easy choice regarding the All-GTNS wrestling coach. The Washington coach and his staff helped lead the team to the state duals for the second year in a row and saw the team end the year with 29-3 dual record.
106: Jarod Kadel, sophomore, Columbus/W-MU (Co-Captain)
As a sophomore, the 106-pound wrestler from Columbus took second place in Class 2A in the state ending the year with a 31-7 record.
113: Sam Loyd, junior, New London
One year removed from a second-place finish at state, Loyd (42-5) was one of the best lightweights in the state all season long. The Tiger junior had the toughest district draw in the state, however, losing out to the eventual Class 1A champion and runner-up to miss his third chance at a title.
126: Kyle Anderson, senior, Washington
The senior from Washington finished sixth place in the Class 3A 126 weight class in state individual competition. He had a 41-11 record for the season.
132: Cory Stewart, sophomore, Highland
Cory is a 132-pound sophomore from Highland who made it to the state tournament, but did not place in Class 2A competition. He had a 33-12 record for the year.
138: Andrew Waite, senior, Washington
The Washington senior ended the year with a 35-11 record. His biggest accomplishment for the year was setting the school record for the most pins in a season, 28, after taking down Colton Mudd from Atlantic/CAM in 3:07, in the first round of the state duals meet.
145: Austin Hazelett, senior, Washington
The senior from Washington finished the Class 2A 145 weight class in 6th place at the state meet. His record for the year was 29-8.
152: Trey Van Weelden, senior, Washington (Co-Captain)
He was the top finisher in the state tournament for anyone from Washington. The senior took second place in the 152 weight class of Class 2A. He ended the year with a 31-6 record.
160: Tristin Westphal-Edwards, sophomore, Washington
The 160-pound sophomore from Washington took seventh place in Class 2A in the state tournament and ended the year 43-8.
170: Tucker Morrison, senior, Columbus/W-MU
A senior from Columbus, Tucker make it to the state meet, finishing fifth place in the 170 pound bracket of Class 2A, with a 48-4 record.
195: Karlton Skubal, senior, Washington
The Washington senior did not place at state in the 195 weight division of Class 2A. He ended the season with a 32-7 record.
195: Visouth Peterschmidt, senior, Washington
The senior from Mid-Prairie took part in the state tournament for the first time this year and finished in fourth place in Class 2A at 195 pounds. His record for the season was 44-5.
195: Michael Fritz, senior, Fairfield
Fritz earned the Trojan team MVP award. At the 195-pound weight class, Fritz took first place in the District Meet, winning the championship in a thriller over Washington’s talented Karlton Skubal.
Despite suffering a torn ligament in his shoulder at the 2017 State Meet in Round 1 of his first match, Fritz, essentially wrestling with one arm, won his second match in Des Moines, a 15-6 major decision. The senior Fritz ended his career with 110 victories, placing him No. 5 all-time in school history.
285: Brendon Lunsford, junior, Fairfield
The junior Lunsford received Fairfield’s Jordan Smith Perseverance award for his outstanding skills and competing at a high level despite an early season back injury. Usually outweighed by opponents by 40, 50 or more pounds, Lunsford competed at the 285-pound weight class and won a Southern Iowa Classic, Sectional Meet and District Meet championship.
At the State Meet, Lunsford won three matches and finished in sixth place overall. Lunsford already has amassed 73 career wins, placing him No. 22 all-time in school history.
285: Cody Crawford, junior, WACO
The Warrior senior stayed consistent in 2016-2017, placing eighth in the Class 1A heavyweight class for the second straight year. He made his way to Des Moines with a 37-11 record and won two matches at the state tournament.
The All-GTNS wrestling team was selected by Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News, Bill Gatchel of the Washington Evening Journal and Allan Mandel of the Fairfield Ledger.