Youth Practice Starts Monday; First High School Dual Tuesday

The youth wrestling season officially kicks off tomorrow night!  Grades PreK and K start at 5:45 PM in the junior high wrestling room in Mazeppa.  Grades 1st through 3rd at 5:45 PM in the high school wrestling room, followed by grades 4th through 6th at 6:45 PM.  Arrive a few minutes early because we start on time.  A reminder that their fingernails should be trimmed and to carry in the shoes they will wear during practice.  Please wear shorts and t-shirts without buttons or zippers.  Parents should also wear clean shoes in the wrestling rooms.  We welcome parent help during practices.  Not registered yet or want more information?  E-mail chris.lexold@gmail.com.

A reminder if your child earns Wrestler of the Week to please return the belt the following week so we can recognize the next winner.  Congrats to Gavin Johnson for earning a PAW (Practice kindness, Act with respect, Working to do your best) award at the primary school!  Gavin is a kindergartner and son of Joel and Shannon Johnson.

Upcoming Events (December 2nd-8th)

Monday- Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45
Tuesday- High School at Cannon Falls
Wednesday- Booster Club meeting at Mazeppa Liquor Store at 6:30 PM
Thursday- Youth open mat practice at 6:00 PM
Saturday- V/JV at GSL.  JH at WK.

A great list of youth tournaments can be found at: https://theguillotine.com/open-tournament-calendar/

Michael Majerus State Runner-Up; Jacob Bennett 3rd

Congrats also to Ethan Kovars and John Poulin for qualifying for the state tournament.

The youth wrestlers recently wrapped up their regular season.  Many will continue wrestling in post season tournament starting this weekend.

The K-6 team finished in 3rd place today at TCU.  The Cougars were victorious over Chaska/Chanhassen and St. Peter while falling to Northfield.

Upcoming Events (Mar 4-10)

Monday– Youth practice at 6PM.  7/8th NYWA practice after school.
Tuesday– Youth practice at 6PM.  7/8th NYWA practice after school.
Thursday- 7/8th NYWA practice after school.  Wrestling banquet at 6 PM.  ZM HS cafeteria.  For wrestlers 7-12 and immediate family.
Friday- Plainview NYWA District Qualifier
Friday thru Sunday- MN/USA State Folkstyle Tournament

Youth Jr. and Sr. Teams Both Place 2nd; Maxwell Ramer Gopher Nationals Champ

Two ZM youth wrestling teams took part in the St. Charles dual tournament on Sunday.  Both earning runner-up and falling to Chatfield in the championships.  Great day of wrestling!

Maxwell Ramer won his 16-man bracket at Gopher Nationals on Saturday, pinning his way through the championship and earned Most Outstanding Wrestler.  Congrats Maxwell!

The JV took 3rd place in the HVL JV Tournament Saturday in Cannon Falls.  Placing first were Jack Krier, Brennan Sheda, and Calvin Voxland.

Upcoming Events (Feb 11 – Feb 17)

Monday- Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Tuesday- ZM Wrestling Booster Club Meeting 6:30 at Zumbrota VFW
Thursday- High School varsity at home vs winner of St. Charles and Triton at 7 PM in Mazeppa.
Friday– Youth open mat at 5:45
Saturday- Section 1A semi-finals (1 PM) and finals (3 PM) at Mayo Civic Center.  Full bracket.

Braxton Mehrkens Youth WOTW

Braxton Mehrkens is the Youth Wrestler of the Week.  Braxton is in 4th grade and son of Kyle and Amber Mehrkens.  He earned this award for his great effort and intensity.  Keep it up Braxton!

Roughly 90 wrestling fans made the trip to Minneapolis to watch the MN Gopher wrestlers defeat Purdue.  Many kids were able to get autographs from Caden Steffen, Goldy Gopher, and Gable Steveson at the match.

Upcoming Events (Feb 4 – Feb 10)

Monday Tuesday- Youth practice. PreK-3rd at 5:45. 4th-6th at 6:45.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday– Youth open mat/team practice at 5:45.
Thursday- High School at Pine Island
Saturday- Conference JV at Cannon Falls.  Youth open in Grand Meadow.
Sunday- Youth Jr. and Sr. team tournament in St. Charles

 

Finstuen, Holst, and Rolland are Youth WOTW

Youth practice is moved to Tuesday due to school cancellation today open mat tonight at 6:30 .  This is not required, just an option for those who want mat time and can make it safely.

Our youth wrestlers of the week are Ryan Finstuen, Bo Holst, and Aidan Rolland.  Ryan is in PreK and son of Josh and Jodie.  Bo is in 2nd grade and son of Nate and Katie.  Aidan is in 4th grade and son of Richard and Heather.

Wrestlers earning Cougar PAW (Practicing kindness, Acting with respect, and Working to do your best) awards were Zoey Paden and James Ryan.  Good job all!

The youth team placed 5th in Kasson yesterday.  We saw some tough teams but wrestled with a lot of heart.

Upcoming Events (Jan 29 –Feb 3)

Monday- Youth open mat at 6:30 PM. NEW as of 1:45 PM Monday, Jan 28.
Tuesday– Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Thursday- Cannon Falls and Caledonia at Home.  Senior Night.  Youth open mat at 6 PM.
Saturday- JV Duals in Mazeppa.  Youth individual tournament in Lake City.
Sunday- Bus trip to watch Gophers vs Purdue.  Bus leaves from Zumbrota High School parking lot at 10:15 AM.  More details to come via e-mail.

Youth Wrestlers of the Week; Home Tournaments This Weekend

Our youth (Friday) and varsity (Saturday) home tournaments are this week! Please consider volunteering your time and talent to help make these a success. You can sign-up in the link sent to you via e-mail.

Our youth wrestlers of the week are Bo Diercks, Evan Scharpen, Benton Radtke, and Carl Murray.  Bo is in PreK and son of Matthew and Kelly.  Evan is in 2nd grade and son of Mike and Teri.  Benton is in 3rd grade, son of Brian Radtke and Jynnylee Nesseth.  Carl is in 4th grade and son of Matt and Martha.

Last call to RSVP to the Gopher vs. Purdue dual on February 3rd.  We’ll be ordering the group tickets soon.  Please check your e-mail for details.

Upcoming Events (Jan 14 – 20)

Monday- Youth practice. PreK-3rd at 5:45. 4th-6th at 6:45.
Wednesday– Youth open mat at 6.
Thursday- High school at Lake City.
Friday- Youth individual tournament in Zumbrota.
Saturday- High School home team tournament in Zumbrota.  JH at Mankato East.
Sunday: Youth individual tournament in Hayfield.