Owen Lexvold Gopher State Nationals Champ! JV 2nd in HVL

6 ZM wrestlers made the journey to Monticello this weekend for the Gopher State Nationals tournament to take on some of the best wrestlers in the Midwest and did very well.  Owen Lexvold was able to win the championship.  Ryan Lexvold earned runner-up honors.  Kaleb Lochner battled to a 6th place finish.  Ben Murray was 1 win shy of placing in his bracket.  Cain Lexvold was 1-2 and Jack Krier unfortunately had to injury default, but will be back at it soon.

Owen Lexvold champion at 1st and 2nd grade 80
Ryan Lexvold 2nd place at 7th and 8th grade 120
Kaleb Lochner 6th place at 6th grade 86

The JV took 2nd place in the HVL JV Tournament Saturday in Goodhue.  The team scored 193 just behind Kasson-Mantorville’s 213.  Coach Stensland said “they wrestled well and (the coaches) are very proud of their improvement over the year.”

Wrestlers in the news: Congrats to Luke Tupper for committing to wrestle for Concordia in Moorhead in 2018-2019!  PAW award winners were Kale Johnson, Tadam Kahl, and Ashtin Garcia.  Student of the Month winner was Braxton Mehrkens.

Our youth wrestlers of the week are Patrick Fruth, Evan Blanck, Chase Dohrn, and Cain Lexvold.  Patrick is in PreK and son of Brian and Kristin.  Evan is a kindergartner and son of Brian Blanck.  Chase is in 3rd grade and son of Perry and Carrie.  Cain is a 4th grader and son of Chris and Lacey.

Upcoming Events (Feb 12 – Feb 18)

Monday- Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Thursday- Youth open mat at 6:00.  High School varsity at home vs winner of St. Charles and WK at 7 PM in Mazeppa.
Saturday- Section 1A semi-finals (11 AM) and finals (1PM) at Mayo Civic Center.  Full bracket.

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Youth Jr. Team Earns Championship; Sr. Team 4th in St. Charles

Two ZM youth wrestling teams took part in the St. Charles dual tournament on Saturday.  The Junior team (K-3rd grade) earned 1st place with wins over KW, PEM, and Chatfield.

The Senior team (4th-6th grade) earned 4th place, opening with a win over PEM then falling to KW and KM.

Our youth Wrestlers of the Week are Carl Murray and Jack Krier. Carl is in 3rd grade and son of Matt and Martha.  Jack is a 6th grader and son of Mark and Sara. (My apologies to the PreK-K WOTW, I’ll get you next week!)

Upcoming Events (Feb 5 – Feb 11)

Monday- Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Wednesday- Booster Club Meeting at Zumbrota VFW at 6:30 PM.
Thursday- Youth open mat at 6:00.  High School PI and PEM at home- Senior Night.
Friday- Youth individual tournament in Lake City.
Saturday- Youth individual tournament in Lakeville and Grand Meadow.  HVL JV Tournament in Goodhue.

Youth Team Goes 4-1; Matthees, Mehrkens, Lochner are WOTW

The youth team competed in Kasson today going 4-1 to earn 5th place out of 16 teams.  The wrestlers were able to top KM White, GMLOS, Northfield, and Dover-Eyota while falling to Chatfield.Our youth wrestlers of the week are Jacob Matthees, Braxton Mehrkens, and Kaleb Lochner. Jacob is in PreK and son of Jeff and Michelle.  Braxton is in 3rd grade and son of Kyle and Amber.  Kaleb is in 6th grade and son of Ben and Jessica. Great job boys!

Upcoming Events (Jan 29 – Feb 4)

Monday- Youth practice. PreK-3rd at 5:45. 4th-6th at 6:45.
Wednesday– Youth open mat/Jr. and Sr. team practice at 6 PM.
Thursday- High School @ Kenyon vs Stewartville and KW.
Saturday- Youth Jr. and Sr. teams in St. Charles.  JV tourney in Mazeppa.
Sunday: MN/USA Qualifier in Cannon Falls.

Youth Team Finishes 4-1; Poncelet, Ryan, and Mancilman WOTW

The youth team competed in Cannon Falls today going 4-1. The wrestlers were able to top Lakeville, Shakopee, St. Michael-Albertville, and Caledonia while falling to Hastings. Great start to our dual meet season!

Our youth wrestlers of the week are Tanner Poncelet, James Ryan, and Gunner Mancilman. Tanner is in PreK and son of PJ and Chalsie. James is in kindergarten and son of Jason and Christina. Gunner is in 4th grade and son of John and Becky. James and Gunner both had the chance to represent the team in Cannon Falls and had some big wins!

Upcoming Events (Jan 8 – 14)

Monday- Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45. 4th-6th at 6:45. Be sure to sign up for the scrimmage on Thursday if interested.
Thursday- Youth intrasquad scrimmage at 5:30 in Mazeppa.  JV/V at home vs. Goodhue. Parent Night.
Friday- Youth individual tournament in Dodge Center.
Saturday- Youth individual tournaments in Eyota. High School at Wabasso.
Sunday: Youth Bring-One-Bring-All team tournament in Farmington.

Garcia, Lexvold, and Nordquist are WOTW

It was a busy weekend for ZM Wrestling.  The varsity competed in the tough Minnesota Christmas Tournament finishing 17th out of 39 teams.  Caden Steffen (2nd), Michael Majerus (5th), Jacob Bennett (5th), and Jarrett Haglund (6th) all reached the podium.  The JH/JV got up extra early and traveled to Caledonia on Saturday.  Several wrestlers were able to earn the top prize in their bracket.  18 youth wrestlers competed in Goodhue on Saturday.  Coach Lexvold was very impressed with the toughness and performance of our little wrestlers in the first tournament of the year for many.

Thursday, December 21 will be the Cougars first home dual meet in Mazeppa against Lake City.  The 5002 Club will be recognized between the JV and varsity duals.  The ZM Wrestling Booster Club is looking for volunteers to work concessions during our home high school matches.  If you can lend a hand, please sign-up here.  We need 1 more volunteer for Thursday night.  Thanks in advance!

Youth parents- a reminder to pick up your t-shirts, singlets, and/or warm-ups at practice Monday if you didn’t last week.

Our week #1 youth Wrestlers of the Week (WOTW) are Austin Garcia, Tayte Lexvold, and Wilson Nordquist.  Austin is a kindergartner and son of Antonio and Amber.  Tayte is in 2nd grade, son of Craig and Diane.  Wilson is in 5th grade, son  of Luke and Pattie.

Wrestlers who made the News-Record this week for their work inside the classroom include: Colton Stevenson (Student of the Month), Creston Grobe (PAW Award), and Jacoby Brown (PAW Award).

Finally, Sammy Moore was in the latest edition of USA Wrestler magazine in the Photo Contest.  Congrats to all our wrestlers!

Upcoming Events (December 18th – 24th)

Monday- Youth practice.  PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Thursday- Youth open mat practice at 6:00 PM.  LC @ Home.  5002 Club introduced.

Varsity Wins GSL Invite; Isaac More Youth Wrestler of Week

The varsity kicked off their season Saturday winning the Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie Don Hall Invite.  6 Cougars were crowned champions including Michael Majerus, Sam Nordquist, Hayden Voxland, Caden Steffen, Jacob Bennett, and Jarret Haglund.  Full tournament results are available here.

A group of JH/JV wrestlers also competed in Wabasha on Saturday.  Isaiah O’Reilly led the way with a 4-0 record.

Isaac Moore was named the Wrestler of the Week in the first youth preseason practice led by Joey Majerus.

Upcoming Events:
Monday: Youth Preseason Practice led by Joey Majerus at 6PM
Wednesday: Booster Club Meeting at Zumbrota VFW 6:30 PM.  Please join us!
Friday: JH/JV/V @ Triton.  Byron PreK-6.
Saturday: JH @ Ellsworth. JV/V @ Coon Rapids.  Pine Island PreK-6.
Sunday: Rochester Century and Chatfield PreK-6

Owen Lexvold MN/USA Freestyle and Greco State Champ; Brett Pfarr Leads Practices

6 ZM wrestlers took part in the MN/USA Kids-Cadets State Freestyle and Greco Tournaments over the weekend in Monticello.  Owen Lexvold was able to claim the championship in both styles at Bantam 75 lbs.  Ryan Lexvold earned runner-up in Greco and 4th place in freestyle at Novice 112.  Cain Lexvold placed 4th in freestyle and didn’t place in Greco at Intermediate 80.  Michael Majerus earned 5th in freestyle, DNP in Greco at Cadet 106.  Jack Haglund DNP in Greco at Cadet 195.  Congratulations boys!

ZM wrestling was honored to host MN Gopher and NCAA national runner-up Brett Pfarr in Mazeppa to lead 4 practices for the 7-12 graders.  Brett was a tremendous clinician and a pleasure to have in the wrestling room.  Thank you Brett!