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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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:
Fillmore C-Lanesboro-M-C Wolves
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
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!
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 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:
Jackson County Central
New Ulm Area
Saint Claire Mankato Loyola
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.