Nine ZM wrestlers competed at the MN-USA state tournament over the weekend at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Five ended up on the podium with hardware to show for it, led by the smallest one, Jaxon Liffrig, with a state title!
Here is the MN state place winners from Zumbrota Mazeppa:
The ZM 7th and 8th graders dual team competed on Sunday in a field of 9 teams in Grand Meadow for a chance to advance to state. ZM beat GMLOS, Chatfield and Pine Island to win the tournament and advance to state in 3 weeks. Congrats Cougars…can’t wait to watch you at state!
Gabe Tupper and Jack Krier made the MN State podium at the Xcel Center on Friday and Saturday. Gabe went 4-2 and finished 5th overall. Jack went 3-3, and unfortunately had to forfeit his last two matches due to injury. Kaleb Lochner ended up 2-2 and just missed the podium by one match. Lucas Schiell ended up 0-1. You guys battled hard and made us all proud!
Jack Krier, Kaleb Lochner, and Gabe Tupper all won their first matches and move to the quarterfinals. Lucas Schiell lost a decision in the first round, but is still alive in the consolations….keep it rolling guys!!!
The ZM K-3 wrestlers competed in Waseca today and finished 11th overall. The young grapplers beat teams from Pine Island, St James, and Shakopee and lost to Owatonna, Northfield and Wayzata. Keep up the good work!
The section 1AA tournament wrapped up today with 4 Cougars earning a trip to the state championships! Jack Krier won the Section 1AA championship, while Lucas Schiell, Kaleb Lochner, and Gabe Tupper each finished 2nd place in their bracket to represent ZM at the state tournament. Can’t wait to cheer ya guys on!!
Other Cougar place winners are:
3rd place: Noah Schaefer, Laiken Copeman, Ryan Lexvold
In the first year that ZM has been bumped up to class AA, ZM finished in 2nd place behind Kasson Mantorville in Section 1AA.
On Thursday night, ZM hosted Cannon falls in 2nd round action and defeated the Bombers 51-18 to advance to Saturday’s semifinals in Rochester. In their semifinal, ZM beat traditional powerhouse Albert Lea 40-23 to advance to the championship match vs Kasson Mantorville.
The #2 ranked Komets topped ZM by a final of 51-16 to round out the last dual of the season for ZM. ZM will wrestle on Feb 25 and 26th in the Mayo Civic Center for individual state trips. Good luck!!