Youth 5002 Club Starts Monday

Can you hear that, brother?  It’s the sound of all the little Cougar-maniacs getting ready for the 5002 Club.  Take your vitamins, say your prayers, do the 5002 Club, and you will never go wrong.  Start building your own 24-inch pythons!

Whatcha gonna do, when Cougar-mania runs wild on you!

Download the 2019 5002 Club details and calendar here.

Reminder to please RSVP to youth pool party by Thursday, July 18th.  Check your e-mail for RSVP link.  Pool party is Thursday, July 25 at 7:15 pm.

Owen Lexvold Greco-Roman National Champ! Maxwell Ramer 8th in Freestyle

Owen Lexvold and Maxwell Ramer have been active in the Olympic styles of wrestling this spring and summer.  Owen participated in the MN/USA Freestyle and Greco State Tournament in May.  He completed the MN/USA Triple Crown by winning Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman state titles.

The following week both Owen and Maxwell wrestled in the Northern Plains Regional Championships where wrestlers from 7 states come to compete.  Owen placed 1st in both styles, and Maxwell placed 2nd in Greco (did not compete in Freestyle).

Last week the boys traveled to Wisconsin Dells to participate in the Kids Freestyle and Greco Nationals.  Owen was able to come out on top in Greco-Roman and place 4th in Freestyle.  Maxwell didn’t place in Greco but finished 8th in Freestyle.

We are very proud of these boys!

Owen Lexvold Kids Greco-Roman National Champ
Owen Lexvold Kids Freestyle Nationals 4th Place
Maxwell Ramer Kids Freestyle Nationals 8th Place
Maxwell Ramer and Owen Lexvold

Upcoming Event: Mazeppa Parade on Friday, July 12.  Youth wrestlers and High School state qualifiers meet at 6:45 in Lions Park.

ZM Wrestling Camp: June 3-6, 2019

The ZM Cougars will host their annual wrestling camp next week in Mazeppa.  ZM students in grades K – 12 (2018-2019) are encouraged to participate. Please contact Link Steffen with any questions about camp @ 507-358-1344.

Schedule:

  • Monday- Thursday
    • 5:00 – 6:00pm       Grades K – 6  (2018-2019)
    • 6:15 – 7:30pm        Grades 7 – 12 (2018-2019)

This year’s camp technicians are Devin Skatzka (Mon/Tues) & Caden Steffen (Wed/Thurs) from the Minnesota Gophers.


 

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Devin Skatzka

 2018-19 •  JUNIOR
Overall Record:
30-11
Dual Meet Record: 13-4
Big Ten Record: 13-5
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 13
Technical Falls: 5

University of MN: Third Place at Daktronics Open  • Won 8 straight dual bouts between Dec. 30 and Feb. 3  • Led team in major decisions  • Placed third at Big Ten Championships with last second takedown for the victory over Nebraska’s Mikey Labriola •  Finished 8th at NCAA Championships for first All-American honor •  Notched his career high h in victories in first year at Minnesota
Prior to Minnesota: Wrestled at Indiana University prior to joining the Gophers • Two-time NCAA Qualifier • Seventh-place finish at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • Eighth-place finish at the 2018 Big Ten Championships • Fifth-place finish at the 2017 Midlands Championships
High School: Graduate of Richmond High School • Four-time Michigan State Champion • Two-time Michigan State Team Champion • Two-time team state runner-up • Three-time Cliff Keen and FloWrestling All-American • Set Richmond’s fall record • First-team All-State football • Four-sport letter-winner (wrestling, football, baseball and track)

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Caden Steffen

2018-2019 * Redshirt Freshman
Overall Record: 17-7
Pins: 6
Tech Falls: 1
Majors: 5

University of MN: Third Place at SDSU Daktronics Open beating two ranked D II opponents on the day•  NDSU Bison Open 5th place • Won first collegiate tournament at Worthington Open recording a major decision & technical fall in route to the championship • 3rd at North Country Open
High School: 2x state champion • 3x state finalist • 3x team state finalist • 2x team state champion • MN/USA Greco/Freestyle state champion • 2nd @ Fargo Greco Nationals          • 2016 Greco All-American • 2017 Virginia Beach National Champion • 2017 Folkstyle All-American • Multiple-time MN Storm Greco/Freestyle team member

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Special shout-out to those wrestlers who helped with the highway clean-up on May 20th! The ZM wrestling team has cleaned a two mile section of Hwy 52 North and South every year since 2010. Thanks for your community service!

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Pictured from left to right are:  John Poulin, Ethan Kovars, Jack Haglund, Michael Majerus, Luke Krier, Cole Poncelet, Gabe Tupper, Evan Groby, and William Stussey.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZM Wrestling Alumni Thriving at Next Level

Our former ZM wrestlers are thriving at the next level! 

Congratulations to Luke Dahlen for receiving the ‘Purple-Heart’ award at Augustana’s wrestling banquet last weekend!  The Purple-Heart Award goes to a wrestler who never gives up, never complains, works hard, and pours his heart into the wrestling program!  Congratulations, Luke!ZMluke

 

Congratulations to Hayden Voxland for being voted by his teammates as SMSU Wrestling Captain for the 2019-2020 season!  Hayden’s relentless wrestling style and hard work ethic made him an obvious choice to be voted as captain!  Maybe most impressive is next year will only be Hayden’s 2nd year at SMSU!  Congratulations Hayden…what an accomplishment! ZMvoxy

 

Congratulations to Caden Steffen for earning the Freshman Academic Award with a 3.6 GPA his first year at the University of Minnesota!  As his dad, I know Caden worked as hard on his academics as he did his wrestling skills and it paid off! Way to go Caden, I hope your message that academics are more important than wrestling reaches all our younger ZM wrestlers!  Proud of you!ZMcaden

Maxwell Ramer NYWA State Champ! 7 More Reach Podium

Another great weekend for ZM Wrestling!  8 wrestlers placed individually at the NYWA State Tournament, and both the K-6th and 7-8th grade teams went 2-3 being competitive in all their duals.  Individual results were:

  • Maxwell Ramer, State Champ, 3rd & 4th 85#.  Also named Outstanding Wrestler for 3rd & 4th grade.
  • Samuel Moore, 3rd place, 3rd & 4th 60#
  • Owen Lexvold, 3rd place, 3rd & 4th 90#
  • Carl Murray, 4th place, 3rd & 4th 65#
  • Jacob Matthees, 5th place, Kindergarten 60#
  • Wilson Nordquist, 6th place, 5th & 6th 115#
  • Myles Ramer, 6th place, 7th & 8th 85#
  • Lucas Schiell, 6th place, 7th & 8th 105#

The youth wrestling program will celebrate our season with a party on Friday, April 12th at 6 PM at the school.  See you there!

Upcoming Events

Friday: Youth end of year party.
Saturday: GR/FS tournament in Cannon Falls.
Wednesday, Apr 17: Freestyle/Greco Practice.  K-6 5:30 to 6:30, 7-12 6:30 to 7:30

2 Teams and 14 Individuals Advance to NYWA State

The K-6th and 7-8th grade teams both qualified for the NYWA State Tournament.  The K-6th team finished 4-1 placing 5th at the NYWA Region 1 Qualifier in Eyota last weekend.  The boys were able to top GMLOS, Dover-Eyota, Caledonia, and Westfield while falling to Northfield.  14 individuals also advanced to the state tournament.  They are: Ben Murray, Brody Lohmann, Carl Murray, Isaiah O’Reilly, Jack Krier, Jacob Matthees, Lucas Schiell, Maxwell Ramer, Myles Ramer, Owen Lexvold, Ryan Stimets, Samuel Moore, Tanner Finstuen, and Wilson Nordquist.  The NYWA State Tournament will be April 4-7 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

Upcoming Events (April 1 – 7)

Monday & Tuesday- Youth open mat/team practice at 6 PM
Thursday- Youth open mat/team practice at 6:30 PM
Thursday-Sunday: NYWA State Tournament