ZM Wrestling Camp 1 Week Away; Steffen Selected to Minnesota Storm Cadet National Dual Team

baumanThe ZM Wrestling Summer Camp is only 1 week away.  To sign up, please fill out and mail in the registration form.  Joel Bauman will be the guest clinician two days of camp.  Joel is a 2010 graduate from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.  He is a 2X Minnesota State Champion and part of the 2009 KMS state championship team.  In 2007, he was a Cadet national champ in Greco, 2008 (2nd), 2009 (8th) and 2010 (2nd).  Earned Greco All-American honors at Junior Nationals in Fargo.  Joel is currently ranked #7 in the nation in Senior Greco-Roman at his weight class.

Caden Steffen has been selected to the 2015 Minnesota Storm Cadet National Dual Team.  Caden’s performance this spring at the MN/USA Freestyle and Greco tournaments helped garner this honor.  The National Dual Tournament will take place in York, Pennsylvania June 9-13, 2015.  Congratulations Caden!

Congratulations to John Poulin for finishing 29th out of 400+ runners in the Med City 5K this weekend.  John’s time was the 4th fastest in his age group.

Caden Steffen is Cadet Freestyle State Champion!

Nine ZM wrestlers took part in the MN/USA Kids & Cadets State Greco and Freestyle Tournament this weekend.  Caden Steffen led the way with a state title in Freestyle and a 3rd place finish in Greco.  Also competing were Ryan Lexvold (3rd/3rd) , Michael Majerus (5th/6th), Jacob Bennett (4th/4th), Luke Tupper (DNP), Spencer DeFrang (DNP), Hayden Stensland (DNP), Jarret Haglund (DNP), and Michael Vath (DNP).


The ZM Wrestling Summer Camp is only 2 weeks away!  To sign up, please fill out and mail in the registration form.

ZM Wrestling Summer Camp Information

The ZM Wrestling Summer Camp will run from June 1st-4th.  The camp will be run by Minnesota Golden Gophers.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!  To sign up, please fill out and mail in the registration form.  Please note that the Community Ed brochure sent home earlier this week had the incorrect dollar amount for 2 siblings.


Message From Former ZM Wrestler Mitchell Watkins

A message from former ZM Wrestler Mitchell Watkins:

“Today, for the military I ran 9.5 miles.  12 stations.  5 rope climbs.  80 pull ups.  100 sit ups.  100 dips.  Fireman’s carry 1/3 mile per person.  120 push ups.  50 burpies.  Carry 60 pounds up hill 1/4 mile.  3 hill sprints.  20-story building, run stairs up and down twice.  100 lunges.  All on 3 hours of sleep and carrying a 35 pound pack 1/6 of the way.  Easily the toughest workout of my life.  Sad to say but at that point it wasn’t the Marines or family or anything keeping me going.  It was honest to god knowing that I had done that stuff at higher stakes (team wrestling state/sections).  So I can honestly say thank you ZM Wrestling for that. It came in handy!!”

Pine Island is having a 2 night camp for Grades 3 through 12 November 10th and 11th.  Registration form is here for anyone interested.

Weight Room Signup; Youth Inner Drive Fall Program

Please see note below from Tim McAthie regarding the weight room for 7-12 students.

The weight room will officially be open starting Monday, Sept 8th.

There is a sign up sheet on the door as they will be running two sessions each morning and these sessions will run from:

6:00am – 6:45am  1st Session
6:45am – 7:30am  2nd Session

The room will be staffed by Karl/Mia on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.




Tim McAthie


Please encourage your son to attend the weight lifting sessions each morning they are offered.  It doesn’t do any good to lift all spring and summer, then quit lifting because they start a fall sport.  Let’s stress lifting and being in there to maintain the mass/strength the kids put on during the summer.  Not lifting because kids are out for a sport is a very poor excuse.

Here is a weight lifting guide for all to use put together by Tony Stensland.  Last, if your son is intimidated by the weight room, please let them know they can talk to any upperclassman wrestler and they will help them learn how to lift.  No excuses.

Thank you,

Link and Tony

Youth Inner Drive Fall Program

Inner Drive is having a fall wrestling program for 3rd thru 6th grade starting Sunday, October 5th at 6 PM.  The program is 6 sessions and the cost is $50.  There is no practice on November 9th because of the JJ Classic, so the last practice is on November 16th.  We have a car leaving from Mazeppa currently.  If interested in a ride share, please e-mail me at 

KM Camp Featuring Terry Brands & Iowa Wrestling

The Kasson-Mantorville wrestling association will be hosting a wrestling camp featuring Terry Brands & Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling.  The camp will be Saturday, July 26th & Sunday, July 27.  See flier for camp details.  A picnic at the Mantorville Riverside Park will be provided for the wrestlers following the afternoon session on Saturday evening.

This will be a great wrestling camp for all levels of wrestlers entering grades 5th – 12th grade.  The KM wrestling staff will also be on-site to assist the clinicians.

Rochester Camp to Feature Gopher Wrestlers

Rochester Century will be holding a wrestling camp from July 21-24 featuring University of Minnesota wrestlers Logan Storley, Zach Sanders, and Steven Keogh.  The camp is held in the evenings with grades 1-6 wrestling from 5:30-6:30 PM and high school wrestling from 7:00-8:30 PM. They will be limiting the number of wrestlers per session to 40, so register early to reserve your spot.  This camp is close and affordable.  If anyone is interested, here is the camp flyer and registration information.

Inner Drive Wrestling Information

idInner Drive Wrestling is a year-round organization in Rochester designed to give wrestlers an opportunity to develop and maintain an edge over the competition.  Below are the ZM wrestlers signed up for Inner Drive.  It’s not too late to join.  Please contact Jen Steffen at to sign up.

Wrestlers signed up for Inner Drive:

  1. Caden Steffen
  2. Fletcher Bengtson
  3. Jarret Haglund
  4. Jack Haglund
  5. Spencer Defrang
  6. Hayden Voxland
  7. Jacob Bennett
  8. Joey Majerus
  9. Michael Majerus
  10. Michael Vath
  11. Mason Lemmerman
  12. Noah Prodzinski
  13. Garrett Huneke
  14. Connor Hegseth

Contact Link Steffen for payment instructions/amounts.

Extra Information:

Who: This years grades 3-6 and 7-12…they run at separate times
When: June, July, August, every Monday and Wednesday.  Times are in sign-up sheet.
Transportation: Meet in HS parking lot in Zumbrota at 5:15.  If each parent/wrestler can volunteer a night or two we should be covered.
Drivers:  We will try for two drivers each night and there will likely be HS drivers.  If this is an issue you will have to arrange your own rides.

Monday, June 23rd:  Jess Defrang and Link Steffen
Wednesday, June 25th: Link Steffen,  ?
Monday, June 30 thru August 27th: All are open, lmk if there is a night or two you can drive

What should my wrestler bring to his first practice:  Print off the waiver form and Inner Drive sign-up sheet.  Fill out and send with your wrestler.  They can’t practice without them signed and delivered.  Bring workout gear, soap, shampoo, and a towel. I strongly recommend all ZM wrestlers shower there before coming home.

To keep in mind:  Elementary kids wrestling goes 1 hour later than hs kids (7:30-8:30).  If we have elementary kids the first two nights next week, I will stay late and bring them back.  After the 2nd night, the driver(s) will have to work out this elementary situation.

Thank you,


Caden Steffen, Michael Majerus, and Ryan Lexvold attended the Northern Plains Kids/Cadet Regional in Fargo last weekend.  They wrestled in both the Greco and Freestyle events.  Caden placed 2nd/2nd, Michael 3rd/3rd, and Ryan 4th/4th.


Isaiah O’Reilly and Cole Poncelet also wrestled in the Southland Summer Smash on Friday night.

5002 Club Info; Z-M Camp Starts Monday

A reminder that the ZM Wrestling Camp starts Monday and will host Gopher wrestlers Kevin Steinhaus (June 2nd & 3rd) and Dylan Ness (June 4th & 5th).  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

The 5002 Club is back!  This is the fourth year of the summer/fall program for our youth. In the first 3 years, we had 11, 13, and 15 kids participate respectively.  You can download the 2014 5002 Club schedule and information here.  Check out the members from 2013 being introduced at the first varsity dual.