Our selection process
Results for all four area wrestling teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton-Upsala and Holdingford) were recorded throughout the season.
From these results, the top wrestler at each of the 14 weight classes was determined to select the All-Area wrestling team. Wrestlers that competed at more than one weight during the season were allowed to be considered at multiple weight classes.
Criteria used to select the best possible candidates for the 14-member 2017 Record All-Area wrestling team were: head-to-head results, record versus common opponents, postseason performance, regular season record, strength of competition, bonus-point victories, consistency and contributions toward team success.
Wrestlers that were considered but not named to the 14-member team were given honorable mention distinction.
Brandon Funk, freshman, Pierz
Won 25 matches for the Pioneers at mostly 106 and 113 pounds, setting the tone for Pierz’ team in duals. He advanced to state as an individual after a second place finish at the section tournament.
Sebastian Warzecha, sophomore, Pierz
Warzecha solidified himself in the 113 pounds slot in duals after a shaky start to the year. He finished with only a 12-11 record, but was strong when it counted in the postseason. He won all three of his matches at the section meet and won two of three at state to help the Pioneers to a runner-up finish.
Jake Andres, sophomore, Pierz
For the third consecutive year, Andres is included on the Record’s All-Area Team. This season the Pioneers sophomore was 33-9, including a section runner-up finish and a trip to state. He helped the Pioneers to the state title match as a team with a win in the quarterfinals of team state.
Gabe Nagel, eighth grader, Little Falls
Nagel makes his second straight Record All-Area Team after making it at 106 as a seventh grader. This season, he finished with a 27-11 record, beating two state-ranked wrestlers during the season. He was fourth at the Section 8AAA Tournament.
Brandon Ortman, senior, Pierz
Ortman was as solid as they come for the Pioneers as a senior, finishing with a 29-3 record, including a Section 7A Championship. He took sixth place at state after withdrawing in the consolation semifinals, and forfeiting the fifth place match due to injury. Ortman finished his career with more than 100 wins.
Lane Rutten, senior, Little Falls
The Flyers captain had a sensational 34-4 record and was state-ranked most of the season. He recorded a strong 18 pins this season. He won the section championship and went on to state for the second time in his career. Rutten finished with more than 100 career wins.
Michael Petron, senior, Royalton-Upsala
Petron wrestled to a section runner-up finish as a senior, and went 22-5. At state he was one win away from getting on the podium after going 2-2 at 138 pounds. He wrestled at 138 and 145 when needed by his team.
Andrew Tomala, senior, Pierz
While he wrestled mostly at 145 pounds, Tomala occasionally filled in at 152 when needed. He had a strong senior year once returning from a football injury, finishing with a 26-7 record, including a section title at 145 pounds. Tomala concluded his career with 61 varsity wins in his final three years.
Jalen Jansen, junior, Pierz
Jansen had his best season at the varsity level, finishing with a eye-popping 37-11 record, while bouncing between 152 and 160 pounds. The junior was a runner-up finisher at sections, and won two of three matches in the team tournament, helping the Pioneers to second place as a team.
Brett Kapsner, senior, Pierz
The Record’s Wrestler of the Year, Kapsner had an area-best 42 wins and only three defeats, two of which came at state. Kapsner lost the title match in the individual state title match, earning a second place finish. He also dropped a match in the team title. However, Kapsner completed his senior campaign a section champ and concluded his high school career with more than 160 wins and an 18-pin season. Kummet was very versatile, wrestling mostly at 182, but also at 170 or 195 if need be.
Matt Kummet, senior, Pierz
Kummet entered the state tournament undefeated, and while he didn’t leave that way, he still went 4-2 at state and finished with a 32-2 record. Thirteen of his matches were won via fall. He was also versatile, wrestling at mostly 195 pounds, but also at 182 when needed.
Jason Kasella, junior, Royalton-Upsala
Kasella had a stellar junior campaign for the Royalton-Upsala Royals, culminating with a third place finish at the state meet. To get there, Kasella won the Section 5A meet at 195 pounds. He finished the year with a 34-5 record, with 20 of the wins coming via fall.
Billy Winkelman, senior, Little Falls
While Winkelman came up short due to injury at sections (finishing sixth) he had a very strong senior season for the Flyers. He went 22-8 on bad shoulders, and was ranked in the top 10 in state all season. He won a head-to-head match up against a strong Pierz sophomore, Carson Huls.
Walker Nienaber, senior, Holdingford
Nienbaber was the lone area heavyweight to advance to the state meet, and he made the most of his opportunity. Nienaber was a win away from earning a place on the podium. He won Section 5A, as well as three other tournaments this year. He had a 6-0 record in CMC matches, and a 35-7 overall record with 25 pins.
AJ Jenks, junior, Little Falls
Josh Beack, senior, Little Falls
Grant Litke, sophomore, Little Falls
Logan Lease, senior, Pierz
Carson Huls, sophomore, Pierz
Reese Kapsner, sophomore, Pierz
Jackson Held, sophomore, Royalton-Upsala
Dalton Louden, junior, Royalton-Upsala
Ty Held, senior, Royalton-Upsala
Tony Kierstead, senior, Holdingford
Nolan Prokott, senior, Holdingford
James Welle, freshman, Holdingford