Red Bulls’ Wolter clears wrestling milestone

TURNING POINT — Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestler Jordan Wolter (top) elevates Brainerd/Pillager opponent Kyle Patnode’s leg prior to turning him for back points during the 132-pound championship match at last Saturday’s Maher Invitational in Blue Earth. Wolter posted the 100th win of his career during a dual meet against New Ulm on Tuesday night in Sherburn. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Jordan Wolter’s motivation for success in wrestling is simple: do it for the team.

The Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestler puts the needs of the team over his own, going out in each match and doing what he can for his teammates. Wolter’s team-first attitude has translated into 100 career wins three matches into his junior season.

Wolter, who’s the No. 9-ranked grappler at 126 pounds in Class AA, has competed at 132 to start the season and pocketed two wins and the weight title at the Dick Maher Invite last Saturday.

Three days later, Wolter joined teammate Collin Steuber as the team’s only wrestlers to reach 100 career match wins. Steuber earned his 100th win last year, also as a junior.

The Red Bulls were up, 24-0, against New Ulm on Tuesday in Sherburn when Wolter stepped to the mat. Wolter used a 1 minute, 32-second pin to get his third win of the season and 100th overall.

While he was aware of the feat and even received a congratulatory poster afterward, there was only one thing on his mind.

“I didn’t really think about it much because I just go out there to win for my team so I can help them out,” Wolter said.

The win certainly helped as the Red Bulls breezed to tally six consecutive falls in the 61-12 win over New Ulm to open dual-meet action.

The accomplishment comes as no surprise to Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson, who started Wolter on the varsity team as an eighth-grader during the 2014-15 wrestling season.

“Even before that, in youth wrestling and early on as a junior high wrestler, we saw the potential that Jordan had. When he finally broke into the lineup — or was big enough to break the lineup finally as an eighth-grader — he really had a break-out year and was a state qualifier as an eighth-grader, which was phenomenal,” Williamson said. “He made the state tournament as a freshman and has turned into a really strong leader for our team and voted a team captain because of his leadership.

“Just the example he sets is kind of what you want the younger wrestlers to learn from and follow that example.”

This year, Wolter is looking for another state tournament, but this time with his teammates.

“I’d like to go to state with the team. (I’m just doing) anything I can do to help them out,” he said. “We have a lot of potential. … We have a lot of confidence in our team.”

Wolter has all the talent and ability to help the Red Bulls earn the program’s first state bid with his biggest strength as a wrestler quite literally being his strength.

“He’s extremely strong for his weight. Pound for pound, he’s probably one of the strongest wrestlers in the state of Minnesota,” Williamson said. “He’s very technical, but also has the strength to back it up and do what he needs to do.”

Wolter adds that he’s had to clean up his technique over the years because strength alone wasn’t enough.

“You have to have technique,” Wolter said. “Working hard during the off time, going out and doing it on your own helps a lot.”

Jordan Wolter reaching 100 career wins was a nice accomplishment for him, but now he’s moved on to cross off another goal from his proverbial list. He and the 11th-ranked Red Bulls are well on their way to accomplishing that goal.

With only a week of the season under its belt, the team won the Maher Invite for the first time ever and holds a 2-0 record in dual meets.

Two duals and a tournament down, and the rest of the season to go toward the journey to state.

“(It’s going to take) team chemistry and going above and beyond, not just doing it for yourself and getting the win. Going beyond and getting like a major technical fall or pin to get more team points,” Wolter said. “It (2-0 start) builds confidence in us. The team chemistry builds, and we’re just having fun.”

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