Fritz, Lunsford make All-GTNS squad
Fairfield senior Michael Fritz and junior teammate Brendon Lunsford were two of the 14 athletes named to the All-Golden Triangle News Service 2017 Wrestling Team.
The Co-MVPs were Jarod Kadel, of Columbus, and Trey Van Weelden, of Washington. Kadel and Van Weelden each finished second in the state in their respective weight classes.
Fritz earned the Trojan team MVP award for the second straight season. 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 to 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. Fritz ended his career with 110 victories, placing him No. 5 all-time in school history.
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.
As a sophomore, the 106-pound wrestler from Columbus took second place in Class 2A in the State Meet, ending the year with a 31-7 record.
Trey Van Weelden
Van Weelden was the top finisher in the State Meet among all Washington wrestlers. The senior took second place in the 152-weight class of Class 2A. He ended the year with a 31-6 record.
The senior from Washington finished sixth place in the Class 3A 126-weight division at state. He had a 41-11 record for the season.
The WACO senior stayed consistent in 2016-2017, placing eighth in the Class 1A heavyweight division 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 senior from Washington finished in the Class 2A 145-weight division in sixth place at the State Meet. His record for the year was 29-8.
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 New London 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.
A senior from Columbus, Tucker Morrison made it to the State Meet, finishing fifth place in the 170-pound bracket of Class 2A with a 48-4 record.
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.
The Washington senior was a strong force all season in the 195-weight division of Class 2A. He ended the year with a 32-7 record.
Stewart is a 132-pound sophomore from Highland who made it to the State Meet in Class 2A competition. He had a 33-12 record for the year.
The Washington senior ended the year with a 35-11 record. This year, he set 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.
The 160-pound sophomore from Washington took seventh place in Class 2A in the State Meet and ended the year 43-8.