4 Wrestlers Place at NYWA State; 7/8th Grade Team Earns 5th Place

Four Cougars placed at the NYWA State Individual Tournament this weekend.  Earning 3rd place were Cain Lexvold and Caden Steffen.  Placing 5th were Gunner Mancilman and Jacob Bennett.


The 7/8th grade team placed 5th out of 32 teams at the NYWA State Team Tournament.


Kaleb Lochner took 1st place in the NYWA Invite Tournament.  Several others also participated in the NYWA State and Invite Tournaments.  And Joey Majerus headed south to Cedar Falls, Iowa to wrestle in the USAW Junior/Cadet Folkstyle Nationals.  Congratulations to all!

The Apple Valley Greco/Freestyle Open is this Friday and Saturday.

Any old timers like myself looking to miss a few days of work due to extreme soreness and lack of conditioning should look into this next year.  Health insurance companies must cringe at the thought of such events.  Lacey says she would put on her old cheerleading uniform.

Weekend Results and Schedule For This Week

ZM had wrestlers in 3 different tournaments on Saturday.  9 wrestlers attended STMA Tournament of Champions with Caden Steffen, Jacob Bennett, Spencer DeFrang, and Hayden Stensland all placing 1st.  Michael Vath, Hayden Voxland, Jarret Haglund, Sam Nordquist, and Luke Tupper all placed 3rd.

3 wrestled in the Eastview Freestyle Open.  Joey Majerus went 2-0 and both Evan Block and Noah Prodzinski went 1-2.

The K-6 team went 1-2 in the NYWA regional.  The team beat Goodhue and fell in a pair of close duals to KW and GMLOK.

Schedule For This Week

The 7th and 8th graders will not be going to Rochester or Cannon Falls for FS/GR practices this week so they can focus on the NYWA team state tourney.

There will be a K-6 open mat on Monday from 6-7:30.  If your wrestler wants to practice Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, have them line up a partner.  The wrestling room will be open each of those nights but no organized practices after Monday.

There are still several open weights for the NYWA Invite for anyone who wants another opportunity to wrestle.  The deadline looks to be 10PM tonight so don’t wait!

11 Wrestlers Qualify for NYWA State; Important Team Info

Z-M had 11 wrestlers place in the top 3 of their weight class at Regionals this weekend to advance to NYWA State.  Champions included Gunner Mancilman and Jacob Bennett.  Runners-up were Cain Lexvold, Jack Krier, Spencer DeFrang, Sam Nordquist, Caden Steffen, Garrett Huneke, and Michael Vath.  Placing 3rd were Mason Edstrom and Luke Krier.

Also earning a medal were Kyle Stensland and Gabe Tupper (4th), Kaleb Lochner, Ashton Macht, and Conner Heitman (5th), and Wyatt Freiheit (6th).

NYWA Region team qualifier is this Saturday in Eyota.  Here is the schedule for Saturday.

Youth schedule for this week:

  • Monday: Practice 6:00-7:30.
  • Thursday: Practice 6:00-7:30.
  • Friday: Practice after school, 3:30 to 5.  After practice we will car pool and weigh in at Kenyon.
  • Saturday: NYWA Team Qualifier in Eyota.  Team will meet in Mazeppa at 7:15.  MN/USA Freestyle State Qualifier at Eastview HS.

Be sure to RSVP to the end of the year party.  I hope to see everyone there!

Congratulations Caden and Hayden; 40 Youth Wrestle This Weekend

Congratulations to Caden Steffen and Hayden Stensland for placing in the MN/USA Folkstyle Kids & Cadets State Tournament.  Caden is the Schoolboy 160 lb State Champion.  Hayden finished 6th at 112 lb Schoolboy.

Several youth wrestled hard in Plainview at the NYWA district qualifier Friday night.  33 kids participated in the Goodhue Jaycees tournament on Saturday.  And 5 others joined Caden and Hayden at the MN/USA State Tournament.  It’s great to see this level of involvement, especially this time of year.  Keep it up!

Be sure to RSVP to Josie (youthcoordinator@zmwrestling.com) by Tuesday if you are planning on attending the roller skating party on Sunday.

Youth schedule this week:

  • Monday: PreK thru 3rd practice from 5:30 to 6:30.  4th thru 6th from 6:30 to 7:30.  This is the last practice before we combine all grades for open mat.
  • Thursday: Open mat 6:00-7:30 for all grades.
  • Friday: NYWA District Qualifier in Austin.
  • Saturday:  NYWA District Qualifier in Stewartville.  K-11th Caledonia Open.
  • Sunday, March 16th:  Roller skating party at the Belle Creek Roller Rink at 1:00 PM.


Youth Pictures Tomorrow

Congratulations to Joey Majerus, Cody Heitman, and Hunter Prodzinski for advancing to the Individual State Tournament!  Also placing for the Cougars were: Hayden Stensland (4th), Freedom Hunt (6th), Devin Manzy (6th), Dillon Downes (4th), Noah Prodzinski (4th), Seth Tupper (3rd), and Shane Bode (6th).

The first NYWA qualifiers are next Friday.  There is a Jaycees qualifier in Goodhue next Saturday.  Let’s finish the season strong!

Youth activities for this week are below.

  • Monday: Youth practice.  PreK thru 3rd from 5:30 to 6:30.  4th thru 6th from 6:30 to 7:30.  We will be taking individual and group pictures.  Please wear your sapphire t-shirts for the group photo and a singlet is suggested for an individual photo.  You will be able to order pictures through Shutterfly.
  • Thursday: Open mat 6:00-7:30 in Mazeppa.  State Team Tournament at Xcel Energy Center.  State Tournament details here.
  • Friday-Saturday: State Individual Wrestling Tournament at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Sunday, March 2: Youth Open in Waseca.

Josie still has some wrestling t-shirts and hats available for purchase.  E-mail her at youthcoordinator@zmwrestling.com

Youth Update; Tournament Time

The youth program had a good showing in St. Charles on Saturday.  The youth senior team took 1st place and the junior team went 1-2 on the day.  A great experience for our young guys.

A reminder that tomorrow night is our 100 takedown fundraiser.  Let’s try to reach our goal to earn the pizza party and chance to see Coach Krier on roller skates!

Congrats to the JV team for winning the HVL JV tournament in Lake City Saturday.  Go cheer on the varsity this week to keep the momentum going.

  • Monday: Youth practice.  PreK thru 3rd from 5:30 to 6:30.  4th thru 6th from 6:30 to 7:30.  We will be doing 100 takedowns.
  • Thursday: Tournament time!  Go watch as the opening rounds of varsity team duals begin.  Exact seeds are not known yet, but expect a Cougars dual in Mazeppa around 7 PM.
  • Saturday:  Section semi-final and championship varsity team duals at Mayo Civic Center.  Section 1A semi-finals start at 12:30.  A great atmosphere to watch wrestling.
  • Sunday, February 16: Youth Open in Ellsworth.  USA card required and available on-site.


Thank You Volunteers! Youth Wrestling Activities This Week

Another HUGE thank you to our volunteers on Friday and Saturday with the JV tournament.  We heard many positive comments.  And congrats to the JV team on placing 3rd.

Youth wrestling activities for this week are below.  A reminder that Monday, February 10th is our 100 Takedown Fundraiser.

  • Monday: Practice.  PreK thru 3rd from 5:30 to 6:30.  4th thru 6th from 6:30 to 7:30.
  • Friday: Open mat from 6:00 to 7:00 PM for all grades.
  • Saturday:
    • Youth Open in Chatfield.  Only a few local Saturday tournaments remain before NYWA starts.
    • Youth Team in St. Charles.  Team will meet in Mazeppa at 7:15 AM.
  • Sunday, February 9: MN/USA State Qualifier in Lake City.