The ZM Wrestling Camp will now start Saturday, May 15th and end Monday, May 17th. Please click here for the camp details. 3 great clinicians, hope to see everyone there!
The ZM Wrestling Camp starts Monday, June 4 and runs through Thursday, June 7. It is open to any ZM student in grades K-12. The camp will be held in the Mazeppa school. Times are 5:00 – 6:00 PM for grades K thru 6 and 6:15 – 7:30 PM for grades 7 thru 12. The complete flyer is here.
We’re excited to announce our guest clinicians for the week which include Ryan Epps and Austin Goergen. Ryan is from Cannon Falls and currently wrestles for Augsburg College. Ryan’s accomplishments include:
- 4x state entrant
- 3x state place winner
- 2x state finalist
- State Champion at 145 in 2016
- 2017 Qualified for Division III National tournament with Augsburg
- 2018 Division III National Champion!
Austin is from Caledonia and wrestled at St. Cloud State. Austin’s accomplishments include:
- 3x state entrant
- 3x finalist
- 2x state champion
- 2013 joined St. Cloud State wrestling team
- 2x Division II finalist
- 4x All American (Placed in top 8 for Division II National tournament)
A reminder to next year 7-12 wrestlers going to SMSU camp to get your registration to Link by June 4th.
Thank you to the following participants for helping with the Adopt-A-Highway project last Wednesday! It was a beautiful evening and took less than 1.5 hours to complete. We talked as a group about the importance of giving back and keeping our earth clean. Best item found: Handheld Garmin GPS unit found by Tyler Soltau!
Volunteers were Evan Groby, Jake Bennett, Gabe Tupper, Tyler Merhkens, Tyler Soltau, Ethan Kovars, John Poulin, Anna Soltau, Trey Lexvold, Nathan Haltom, Brennan Sheda, Anne Haltom, Ashton Macht, and Link Steffen.
- Freestyle/Greco practice tomorrow. 5:30 for K-6th, 6:30 for 7-12.
- Freestyle/Greco Junior and Kids State Tournament this weekend in Rochester. Juniors can still register.
- World Team Trials and Northern Plains Regional next weekend in Rochester. Great opportunity to watch some potential future Olympians!
- ZM Wrestling Camp is June 4th-7th. Community Ed flyer is here.
- Reminder 2018-2019 7th-12th graders register for SMSU team camp by June 4th
The ZM Wrestling Camp starts tomorrow and runs through Thursday. It is open to any ZM student in grades K-12. The camp will be held in the Mazeppa large gym. Times are 5:00 – 6:00 PM for grades K thru 6 and 6:15 – 7:30 PM for grades 7 thru 12. The complete flyer is here.
Clinicians for the week include:
Monday & Tuesday- Ethan Lizak. Ethan wrestles for the MN Gophers and was a NCAA finalist at 125 lbs last year.
Wednesday- Austin Goergen. Austin is a 4x D-II All-American at St. Cloud State and named Most Dominate Wrestler in D-II.
Thursday- Members of the ZM wrestling staff.
Ryan Lexvold was invited to participate in the Minnesota/Wisconsin Goodwill Duals Team Tournament. The event took place on the UW-Eau Claire campus on Saturday, May 27. This event matches up the state place-winners from MN and WI. Each team wrestled 4 times, 2 in Freestyle and 2 in Greco-Roman. The MN teams had a great showing winning all duals and Ryan finished 3-1.
Thank you to Sean Ahrar of St. Olaf College for doing three nights of camp with us! Sean showed technique, explained expectations of college wrestling, and shared many example of how a quality high school and college education can help a person succeed in life. Sean also has many years of military experience and shared with us some of those adventures. It was a very successful week and we hope to have Sean back again!
And a HUGE thank you goes out to Donnie Dahl for cooking our boys supper on the last night of camp last week! Donnie not only donated his time, but he also brought his own smoker and many supplies to complete the job! The chicken was amazing! They boys also enjoyed yogurt and fresh fruit! It was a beautiful evening to hang out!
ZM Cougar Jack Haglund was invited to wrestle in the Schoolboy National Duals in Indianapolis, Indiana this week. Good luck, Jack & Team MN Storm!
The ZM Wrestling Summer Camp is only 5 days away. To sign up, please fill out and mail in the registration form. Scott Snobl will be the guest clinician the first 2 days of camp. Austin Goergen will lead days 3 and 4.
-Multi-time MNUSA Wrestling Greco Roman and Freestyle State Placewinner
-1988 MNUSA Junior National Greco Roman and Freestyle Team
-MNUSA Wrestling Official
-Southwest Minnesota Wrestling Club Clinician and Coach
-1989 MSHSL State Runner-up 171 pounds 33-1
-1989 Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual Team Member
-1989 Most Valuable Wrestler
-1989 MWCA and Guillotine All-State Academic Team
-1991, 1992 NSIC Champion
-1992 NSIC Team Champions
-1991, 1992 NAIA National Tournament Qualifier
-1992 Most Falls Award
-1992 NSIC Scholar Athlete of the Year
-Southwest Minnesota Wrestling Club Clinician and Coach
-1995-96 Assistant Coach Waconia, MN-State Champion Jeff Ziermann
-1996-97 Head Coach Waconia, MN-school record 4 state entrants
-1996-2000 and 2010-11 Assistant Coach Canby, MN-multiple State Tournament Team and Individual placewinners
-2011-2015 Head Coach Canby, MN- 5 state entrants
-2009-2015 MNUSA Clinician and Coach for Mustang and Border Boys Wrestling Clubs
-MNUSA and MSHSL Wrestling Official
-2015-16 Head Coach Barnesville, MN
-Redshirt senior at St. Cloud State
-From Caledonia, MN.
-285-pound weight class
-2x MSHSL State Champion
-Led HS Football team to two State titles
-3x NCAA DII All-American (6, 2, 3)
-Led the Huskies to two consecutive NCAA Championships in wrestling
-Volunteers in the equipment room at State
-Involved in numerous fundraising and community services projects on campus and in the community
-Finished this semester with a GPA of a 3.5
“Austin is one the hardest working student-wrestlers on the team. In addition to his asset to the wrestling program, he is one of the most thoughtful and polite individuals you would ever meet. Personally, I have two boys and I hope they both grow up to be gentleman just like Austin.” – SCSU Coach Steve Costanzo.
InnerDrive summer wrestling starts in about 2 weeks and there is still room if you are interested in getting some great summer workouts. A fresh variety of practice partners and an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches around the area makes the InnerDrive room a place where you can make it possible to reach your goals.
Dates: June 15-August 17 (10 Wednesday nights)
Times: Youth 6:00-7:00 PM, High School 7:00-8:45 PM
Location: RCTC wrestling room
Cost: Youth-$150, High School- $250 (This price is a Clash Board discount for the first 40 H.S. to sign up. After that it goes to $500)
Eight ZM wrestlers took part in the MN/USA Kids & Cadets State Greco and Freestyle Tournament last weekend in Monticello. Caden Steffen led the way with a state title in Freestyle. Also competing were Cain Lexvold (2nd/2nd), Ryan Lexvold (DNP) , Michael Majerus (3rd/3rd), Ben Roberts (2nd in Greco), Jack Haglund (2nd/2nd), Jacob Bennett (5th in Freestyle), and Tyler Soltau (6th/DNP).
If you know Cain, it comes as no surprise he is wearing his headgear in each of these pictures. Always ready to throw down, even with Tyler!
A reminder that the ZM wrestling camp for any student grades K–12 (2015-2016) will be held June 6-9 in Mazeppa.
When: Friday, July 17th 6:30-8:00 PM and Saturday, July 18th 9:30-11:00 AM
Where: Mazeppa wrestling room OR ‘old-upper gym’ in Mazeppa school
Technician: Tony Brown
Technique to be taught: Tony will work on throwing techniques such as head/body/hip positioning. He will incorporate the use of our two new throwing-dummies as well. Tony will also show his series of tilts for near-fall points and pins.
Setup at 5:00 PM Friday night and tear down immediately after camp on Saturday. Please encourage your wrestlers to help with this! Parents are welcome to help as well.
5002 Club starts Monday, July 20th for our youth wrestlers. It’s a great way to stay active physically and mentally during the off-season.
5 of our youth wrestlers attended the Minnestoa Elite wrestling camp in Apply Valley this past week. The boys worked hard and learned a lot! Attending were Ryan Lexvold, Kaleb Lochner, Jack Krier, Ben Murray, and Laiken Copeman.
Between camps, parades, and tournaments, ZM Wrestling is staying active this summer. Over 25 high school wrestlers are currently at the Malecek Team Camp in Wisconsin Dells. Many wrestlers have also been attending InnerDrive in Rochester.
Caden Steffen traveled to Rockford, Illinois to compete in the Northern Plains Greco and Freestyle Championships, placing 2nd and 4th respectively. Isaiah O’Reilly took part in the Southland Summer Smash last weekend and earned 2nd.
When not on the mat, the 2015 State Runner-Up team rode a float in the Zumbrota parade and will do it again at Mazeppa Daze.