KDUZ/KARP/KGLB names All Area Wrestling Team 10 Mar 18

We are proud to present the 2018 All Area Wrestling Team.  Athletes were nominated by their head coaches and then voted on by a panel of Wrestling Broadcasters.  Here are this year’s honorees:


All Area Wrestling Team 2017-18


106 pounds-

Kelvin Ponce, ACGC, Sophomore: All Conf, State Entrant, 36-10 record, went 2-2 at State


Austin Gabbert, WM, Freshman: All Conf, Teams most improved, 36-7 record, 11 pins, State Entrant, 5th Place at State Tournament, Great Teammate.


113 pounds-

Jake Mortensen, ACGC, 8th Grade: All Conf, State Entrant, 27-12 record, 8 pins, 2-2 at state Meet


Jude Link, DC, 8th Grade: All Conf, 31-9 record, State Entrant, Tireless worker, great offseason efforts.


120 pounds-

Dayne Morton, Sibley East, Senior: State Champion, 117 career wins, 572 Team points, 44-3 Record, All Conference, Captain, Puts the work in


Ramzee Molinaro, ACGC, Sophomore: All Conf, State Entrant, Team MVP, 40-9 record, 13 pins, 2-2 at state Tournament


126 pounds-

Tucker Gifferson, Hutchinson/BLHS, Junior: All Conf, 3rd Place in Section, 42-8 record, 92 takedowns


Ezra Kaping, Litchfield, Senior: HM All Conf, State Entrant, 42-7 record, dropped weight to help the team and made it stronger.


132 pounds-

Brock Luthens, Hutchinson/BLHS, Senior: All Conf, Captain, All State, 48-3 record, 17 pins, 14 tech falls, 125 takedowns, Section Champ, 5th Place at State Meet, 3 time state place winner, career record holder for wins in School History.


Afton Kaping, Litchfield, Senior: All Conf, State Entrant, 4th place finish in State, 42-7 Record, 175 Takedowns, wrestles at a high pace, nice at getting bonus points


Quinn Youngs, A/ML, Senior: 4x All Conf, 4x state qualifier, Team MVP, 2x Captain, 39-3 record, 153 career wins, wrestling at Augsburg next year.


138 pounds-

Prestin Bradley, DC, Junior: 35-8 record, State Entrant, 110 career wins, 5th place at State, All Conf, 16 pins, Hard worker, rehabbed from an injury last year to place at state this year.


Payton Schiefelbein, Kimball, Senior: 36-8 record, Section Champ, 2 wins at the state meet, 129 career wins, Captain.


145 pounds-

Zack Holtz, Kimball, Freshman: 40-8 record, 4th place finish at State Meet. 93 career wins, hardest working kid in the room, 3x state qualifier.


Tim Stapleton, Waconia, Sophomore: 2x All Conf, 48-6 record, Section Champion, 2x State Entrant, hard worker, always helps the younger kids improve


152 pounds-
Walker Weege, A/ML, Senior: All Conference, State Qualifier, 3rd Place at State, Captain, 35-10 record, 60 career wins


Tyler Wagener, Waconia, Senior: MVP, Captain, 4x All Conf, 53-1 record, State Champion, Great Leader, Works hard on and off the mat, wrestling at Augustana next year, 2x State Champ.


160 pounds-

Logan Nelson, Litchfield, Junior: State Entrant, 42-7 record, 216 Team Points, positive leader, asked to wrestle the tougher opponent and went up in class sometimes.


Cade Mueller, Waconia, Junior: Captain, Teams most improved wrestler, 3x All Conf, 49-5 record, State Champion, Leader by example, 2x State Place Winner.


170 pounds-

Zac Neaton, WM, Senior: All Conference, Captain, 32-6 record, good mentally tough wrestler, State Entrant, Wrestled state with a knee injury, dedicated tough wrestler.


Mitch Bergstrom, A/ML, Senior: All Conf, Teams most improved wrestler, 39-8 record, State Qualifier, 60 career wins


182 pounds-

Christian Kurth, Hutchinson/BLHS, Junior: All Conf HM, 43-8 record, 29 pins, State Entrant, tough competitor and good athlete


Kal Jackman, Litchfield, Senior-Captain, State Entrant, 40-7 record, 203 team points, very coachable and strong leader.


195 pounds-
Nick Nolan, WM, Senior: Team MVP, Captain, All Conf, 28-3 record, Section Champion, 4th place at State Meet, often wrestled up weight classes to help team, great leader.


Reed Rasset, A/ML, Senior: State Qualifier, 4th Place at State, 31-6 record, 58 career wins.


220 pounds-

Tanner Berghuis, ACGC, Sophomore: State Entrant, Captain, 35-13 record, 19 pins


Ben Zipoy, Kimball, Senior: 30-7 record, Section Runner Up, State Qualifier, 74 career wins, great leader and captain, also part of the Kimball State Tournament robotics team.


285 pounds-

Chase Liestman, Litchfield, Junior: Captain, All Conf, 38-9 record, State Entrant, 4th place in State, 27 pins, hard worker, very coachable kid


Austin Einerson, BOLD, Senior: Team MVP, All Conf, State Entrant, Section Champion, 30-8 record, 67 career wins


Nick Hackman and Kelly Wagener, Waconia: Section Runner Up, 2 individual State Champs