Youth Update: ZM Youth Team Earns 2nd place at Maple River: Individual Tourneys this weekend

The ZM K-6 Youth team participated in a 6 team tournament in Maple River last weekend. The team went 3-1 with wins over LCWM, PEM, and Maple River/USC. In the championship match they lost a nail biter by 2 points to Westfield. Great job guys!

2nd place in Maple River

This weekend there are two individual tournaments coming up. Plainview is on Saturday and Stewartville on Sunday.

Plainview’s tournament is for all skill levels, experience, and ages from pre-k-6th grade. Nicknamed Festivus for the wrestivus (for any Seinfeld fans). The tournament tries to make the brackets competitive by matching up similar wrestlers in each bracket. You don’t need to pre register for this one…just show up and sign up there. More information about this tournament can be found on the Guillotine here: https://theguillotine.com/festivus-for-the-wrestivus/

Stewartville’s tournament is a bit more advanced and is a MN/USA tournament to qualify for the state tournament in March. You need to purchase an MN/USA card (good for 1 year) as well as the cost of entry to the tournament. This tournament requires you to sign up online the day before the tournament (8pm cutoff). More information about this tournament can be found on track wrestling here: https://www.trackwrestling.com . Need to click on Events and search for Stewartville.

Any questions about these tournaments, please ask a coach!

ZM finishes 7th overall at Bi-State Classic

Out of 70 teams, the ZM wrestlers finished 7th overall at the Bi-State Classic, which consists of teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota. ZM was the top team from Minnesota, and finished 3rd in the ‘AA’ tier of teams. Individually, we had 8 wrestlers make the podium in brackets of 50-60 wrestlers.

2nd place – Jack Krier

5th place – Gabe Tupper

8th place – Lucas Schiell

10th place – Lucas Williams

10th place – Kaleb Lochner

11th place – Isaiah O’Reilly

11th place – Ryan Lexvold

12th place – Noah Schaefer

Great showing by ZM, and a ton of fun to watch online live!

Day 1 of Bi-State Classic has ZM 4th out of 70 Teams

Day 1 is complete and ZM is in 4th overall place out of 70 teams competing in the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse. ZM is also the top point earning team in the “AA” division.

ZM has 2 wrestlers in the semifinals (Jack Krier and Gabe Tupper) and 7 alive in the consolation bracket (Noah Schaefer, Lucas Williams, Lucas Schiell, Ben Murray, Kaleb Lochner, Isaiah O’Reilly, and Ryan Lexvold).

You can watch the action on Day 2 (12/30) by going to https://bistateclassic.com/video-streaming beginning at 9:15am. You can use trackwrestling.com to get mat assignments for ZM wrestlers as well. (Go to events, enter Bi-state tournament, then click on mat assignments, by team, and select Zumbrota-Mazeppa). That way you know what mat to view on video streaming link above.

Good luck tomorrow Cougars!!

Youth Wrestlers Of The Week: O’Connor, Klepperich, and Liffrig

Christmas week started off with the new wrestlers of the week crowned (or I guess belted). These guys have been giving their best effort in the room and have earned this honor! Congrats boys! The honors were earned by Teddy O’Connor, Oakley Klepperich, and Moxson Liffrig.

Teddy O’Connor
Oakley Klepperich
Moxson Liffrig

ZM Wins FCLMC Holiday Tournament; Hosts Stewartville Dual (and youth 5002 inductees) on Wednesday night in Mazeppa

ZM Varsity earned first place in the FCLMC Holiday Tournament, which consisted of 10 teams from Minnesota and Iowa. Congrats Cougars! Let’s reward them with a big crowd for the first dual of the season vs Stewartville this Wednesday night (12/22)! Wrestling starts at 6pm for the JV and 7pm for the varsity. The youth 5002 club will be introduced Wednesday night as well! Join us for a night of excitement!

Team scores from the Holiday Tournament:

Zumbrota-Mazeppa247.0
Chatfield237.5
Lewiston-Altura-Rushford-Peterson159.0
#7 AGMLOS137.0
Fillmore C-Lanesboro-M-C Wolves81.0
Triton62.0
La Crescent-Hokah50.0
Wabasha-Kellogg41.0
Winona-Winona Cotter30.0
Decorah (IA)11.0

Every ZM wrestler made the podium with the following place winners:

1st Place
113 – Lucas Williams
120 – Jack Krier
132 – Lucas Schiell
160 – Isaiah O’Reilly
195 – Cody Anderson

2nd Place
126 – Ryan Stimets
138 – Ben Murray
170 – Gabe Tupper
220 – Tucker Buck

3rd Place
145 – Kaleb Lochner
182 – Ryan Lexvold

4th Place
106 – Noah Schaefer
152 – Wilson Nordquist
285 – Dalton Hall

Youth Wrestlers of Week #2: Rasmussen, Scharpen, and Neumann

The youth wrestling room is in full swing! Congratulations to the youth wresters of week #2! Cooper Rasmussen (6th grade), Jacob Scharpen (2nd grade) and Greyson Neumann (Kindergarten). Congrats boys and keep up the hard work! The future of Cougar wrestling looks bright!

Cooper
Greyson
Jacob

Weather Grounds Varsity, JV, and JH. Plank, Neumann, and Lodermeier Youth Wrestlers of the week

Varsity, JV and Junior High teams had cancellations this week due to weather on both Friday (Goodhue dual) and Saturday (Mounds View and Ellsworth tournaments). TBD on if or when these will be made up in the future weeks.

Youth practices started in full swing last week, Youth wrestlers of the week include Ryan Plank (6th Grade), Micah Neumann (3rd Grade), and Braxton Lodermeier (Kindergarten). Congrats boys!!

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Wrestling kicks off for all teams; Murray records 50th varsity victory

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Varsity and JV teams opened up the weekend in Glencoe at the GSL/LP Don Hall Invite. The varsity competed against 11 teams, earning 4th place in team points. All of the brackets and results can be found on trackwrestling.com.

To summarize here are the team results:

#11 AAWatertown-Mayer221
#3 AJackson County Central215
#1 AKimball Area194.5
Zumbrota-Mazeppa151
New Ulm Area91
Glencoe78
Howard Lake/Waverly69
Saint Claire Mankato Loyola62.5
Windom/Mountain Lake44
BOLD39
LeSeur-Henderson30

Individual ZM Place Winners:

2nd Place
120 – Jack Krier
132 – Lucas Schiell
138 – Ben Murray

3rd Place
113 – Lucas Williams
145 – Kaleb Lochner
160 – Isaiah O’Reilly
170 – Gabe Tupper

5th Place
126 – Ryan Stimets
182 – Ryan Lexvold

6th Place
152 – Mason Goodman

Ben Murray hit a milestone this weekend with his 50th career varsity victory! Congrats Ben! Looking forward to the next 50!

Junior High and remaining JV traveled to Wabasha to take on 8 other teams from the area. There were 25+ wrestlers from ZM attending this tournament.

Finally, we had 4 youth wrestlers wrestling preseason in Rochester for the YellowJacket Nationals. Jaxon Liffrig (3rd) and Owen Lexvold (4th) reached the podium. Lincoln Toombs (1-2) and Jake Moran (2-2) just missed the podium. But, looking at the pictures, they had a great time.