Wolter: 160 wins and counting

TURNING POINT — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Jordan Wolter (top) attempts to turn Blue Earth Area opponent Max Ehrich during 145-pound action on Jan. 3 at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Wolter eclipsed the 150-win career milestone in December. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Jordan Wolter is finishing his stellar high school wrestling career with another strong season.

In December, Wolter gained win No. 150 and now sits at 160 wins on his career. The Class AA, No. 2-ranked 138-pounder leads the No. 5-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls in wins this season.

Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson said Wolter is an excellent leader and sets a great example for his teammates.

“Jordan, No. 1, is a great kid,” Williamson said. “He’s easy to get along with and he is always very coachable. He works hard and he’s a good student, too. He’s on his way to a possible academic all-state selection. He really sets the example for our guys in the classroom and on the mat.”

Wolter is in his third season as a captain for the Red Bulls. Williamson said Wolter has become a more vocal leader in his final season.

“He kind of led by example at first,” Williamson said. “But now that he’s a senior, he’s become a lot more vocal in practice and during meets. I think that’s been a big step for him. He’s always been kind of quiet in the practice room, but he’s beginning to start being more vocal as a leader. He’s a great leader and a great captain.”

Wolter said he enjoys being a captain because it gives him a position where he is able to help his teammates.

“I like being a leader and helping the younger guys get used to everything and feel comfortable,” Wolter said. “I like setting an example for the younger guys.”

This season, Wolter already has won his weight class in the Redwood River Riot on Dec. 22, placed third in the South Dakota Elite meet on Jan. 6 in Brandon and placed seventh during the elite Rochester Christmas Tournament on Dec. 16.

Williamson said Wolter always works hard in practice, but also puts in a lot of work outside of it, which helps Wolter not only in wrestling, but in football, as well. Wolter said he is either at practice or working out in the gym an average of about 3 hours a day.

Williamson said Wolter’s success is a way to show Wolter and his teammates how important that hard work is.

“I think it shows him and his teammates the hard work pays off,” Williamson said. “He puts in a lot of extra time in practice and working out on his own, too. I think he’s going to realize that all that hard work is worth it. He’s just a great example for everyone.”

Wolter started wrestling in elementary school, and said the youth coach persuaded him to join.

“I started in second grade and it’s kind of been my thing for a while now,” Wolter said. “The youth coach took me away from basketball because he thought I would be good at it.”

Wolter said he enjoys wrestling because of the challenge it presents him. He said wrestling has helped him overcome challenges off the mat as well.

“I like the challenge against different opponents and the challenge against yourself on the mat,” Wolter said. “Wrestling is a challenge, but it’s helped me get through some things that I don’t think I would have been able to without wrestling. It gives you a certain mentality that can really help off the mat.”

Wrestling isn’t the only sport Wolter excels in as he also plays football and baseball. He was named the Sentinel All-Area football player of the year this past fall.

Because of his role in helping guide the Fairmont football team to back-to-back Class AAA state appearances — including a runner-up finish in 2018, Wolter said he has looked into continuing his football career in college instead of wrestling.

Wolter said he visited Minnesota State University, Mankato and has other college football coaches texting him, but he is yet to make a decision on his collegiate future.