ZM Varsity Concludes 3-Days of Intense Wrestling

ZM varsity wrestling team had quite a stretch of wrestling on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Kasson-Mantorville vs ZM Thursday night dual

On Thursday night, ZM took on the #2 AA ranked Kasson-Mantorville Comets. The atmosphere was awesome, as KM looked to avenge their HVL conference loss to ZM last year. ZM started out the night racing to 24-3 lead, but then hit the heart of the KM lineup featuring 3 #1 ranked wresters, a #2, and a #4. When the dust settled, KM took the dual 40-24.

Pictures in this environment were challenging with the spotlight hitting only the wrestling ring, but here is the album:

North Branch Invitational

On Friday night, ZM traveled to North Branch Invite that featured the number 1 ranked Simley Spartans. Here are the ZM wrestlers who made the podium at the North Branch invite:

1st Place: Ryan Stimets, Mason Goodman, Gabe Tupper

2nd Place: Lucas Williams, Jack Krier, Lucas Schiell, Kaleb Lochner

3rd Place: Noah Schaefer,Ben Murray, Ryan Lexvold, Wyatt Mulder

4th Place: Keagen Haugen, MilesRamer, Isaiah O’Reilly, Cody Anderson

For the team standings, ZM finished in 2nd place.

#1 AASimley267.5
Milaca-Faith Christian129
Rush City-Braham81
North Branch76.5
St. Paul Washington Technology Magnet53
St. Paul Como Park24
Standings from the North Branch Invite on Friday night

Saturday at the Orono Invite

Finally, ZM concluded their three day gauntlet on Saturday at the hardest one of all, the Orono Invite. This tournament featured some of the best AAA and AA teams in the state. ZM finished 3rd overall in this tournament.

#1AAASaint Michael-Albertville265
Scott West152
#7AANew Prague135.5
Grand Rapids65
Eden Prairie29
Bloomington Kennedy23
Benilde-St. Margaret`s7.5
Columbia Heights3.5
Minneapolis Washburn3

Individual podium placers from Orono Invite

2nd Place: Kaleb Lochner, Gabe Tupper

3rd Place: Lucas Williams

4th Place: Isaiah O’Reilly, Ryan Lexvold

5th Place: Noah Schaefer, Jack Krier

6th Place: Ben Murray, Wyatt Mulder, Tucker Buck

ZM Varsity Rolls over Byron and Albert Lea Thursday Night; Went 2-1 in Bloomington on Saturday

In an electric atmosphere in Mazeppa, ZM hosted Section 1AA foes Byron and Albert Lea. In the opening match, ZM beat Byron 51-20. For the prime time matchup, it looked to be a close one against Albert Lea. In a night of mostly ups and few downs, ZM had everything going for them. In matchups against their highly ranked guys, we fought hard and did not give up many bonus points. When all was said and done, ZM cruised to a 51-15 victory over Albert Lea! What an exciting night.

Here are pictures from the tri-meet on Thursday:

On Saturday, ZM varsity went to Bloomington for 3 matches. ZM topped Hopkins/Jefferson 78-6 and Champlain Park 78-6. In the last match, ZM fell to #8 AAA Hastings 37-30.

Three Qualify for 9th Grade State Individuals

Jent Beyer and Wilson Nordquist both took first place in the boys 9th grade individual qualifier for state in Jackson, MN on Saturday. Maxwell Ramer earned 2nd place and also qualified for state. These three will represent ZM at the 9th grade state finals next weekend…Good luck boys! Carl Murray, Keagan Haugen, Gunner Mancilman, and Cain Lexvold all finished 3rd in their bracket, while Leo Beyer finished 4th.

ZM Youth Finish 7th Overall at the 40 Team Brawl Tournament.

ZM youth wrestling had a big day up at the Brawl at STMA! ZM started off with victories over Wayzata and Kasson Mantorville. In the finals of their bracket, they lost to host STMA. In the B pool finals, ZM lost to Owatonna, followed by a win over Becker. Very good job boys!

ZM Youth 7th place at the Brawl.

Matthees, Karow, Poncelet, and Sundberg Youth Wrestlers of the Week

Congrats to these 4 kids earning Youth Wrestlers of the Week during the 100 takedown fundraiser! These 4 got after it! The older kids got to share the belt as they were wrestling partners and finished up first in the room. Congrats to all 4 of these Cougar wrestlers!

Jonah Karow and Levi Matthees
Brooklyn Poncelet
Molly Sundberg

ZM Varsity on a Roll…Beats Cannon Falls, Owatonna, and Centennial this week.

The ZM varsity wrestling team is on a roll. Last Thursday night, ZM beat Cannon Falls in a HVL conference dual 57-13. ZM followed this up with a tri-dual at home on Saturday versus two AAA schools, perennial power Owatonna and Centennial High Schools.

ZM beat Centennial 69-9, followed by a win against Owatonna 58-17. These boys are working hard and would love to see you at the next dual on Thursday night in Mazeppa!

Youth Update: Awesome Home Tournament; Schaefer, Johnson, and Lodermeier wrestlers of the week

The youth wrestling program hosted an invite with 192 prek-6th grade wrestlers from SouthEast Minnesota and a few from Wisconsin. It was a blast seeing the future of ZM wrestling out there and competing! Thank you to all the older wrestlers and parents for helping out making this successful!

Here is a link from some of the photos taken from the youth invite:

The youth wrestlers of the week are Elih Schaefer, Gavin Johnson, and Rhett Lodermeier. Congrats boys!

Elih Schaefer
Gavin Johnson
Rhett Lodermeier