ZM Wrestling Updates

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 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
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Tyler Soltau and Jack Haglund Place at MN/USA State Tournament

Tyler Soltau and Jack Haglund competed at the MN/USA Cadet & Junior State Folkstyle Tournament in Anoka.   Tyler placed 3rd at 170# as a Junior and Jack 6th at HWT as a Cadet.  Jack was the only 220# entered, so he opted up to HWT and wrestled 4 matches.   Good job by both!

Upcoming Events (Mar 19 – Mar 25)

Monday– Youth open mat/team practice and JH/High School open mat 6 PM.  Freestyle/Greco RTS at RCTC wrestling room, 7 PM.
Tuesday & Thursday– Youth open mat/team practice and JH/High School open mat 6 PM.  Freestyle/Greco via Guerilla Wrestling Club at RCTC wrestling room, 7 PM. $50 for the season.
Friday– NYWA Region Qualifier in Byron for 5th-8th grade.
Saturday– NYWA Region Qualifier in Byron for PreK-4th grade.
Sunday– NYWA Team Region Qualifier in Eyota.  Wrestling starts at 9 AM.

Cody Anderson Places 3rd at MN/USA State Tournament

Over 2 dozen ZM wrestlers were competing somewhere this weekend from the NYWA Qualifiers in Plainview and Hayfield, MN/USA Kids State Folkstyle in Rochester, to the Jaycees Qualifier in Goodhue.  Great to see this level of participation this late in the season, including every one of our 7th grade wrestlers!

Cody Anderson had himself a great MN/USA State tournament, earning a bronze medal.

Freestyle/Greco season is about to start.  Starting Monday, March 12th, MN/USA sponsors a Regional Training Site at RCTC from 7:00PM to 8:30PM for Juniors and Cadets (schoolboys bring a partner).  This is FREE, all you need is a USA card.  There are also a couple other local club opportunities we’ll discuss after the banquet Wednesday.

Upcoming Events (Mar 12 – Mar 18)

Monday- Youth open mat/team practice and JH/High School open mat 6 PM
Wednesday- High School Banquet at 6PM
Thursday- Youth open mat/team practice and JH/HS open mat 6 PM
Friday- NYWA District Qualifier in Austin
Saturday- NYWA District Qualifier in Stewartville.  Junior/Cadet State Folkstyle in Anoka

K-3 Team Runners-Up in Waseca

The K-3 team wrestled well today finishing runner-up in a 16 team field in Waseca.  The Cougars were able to get past St. Peter, Shakopee, Northfield, while falling just short in the finals to Kasson-Mantorville.  Fun day!

The youth wrapped up their regular season practices last week.  Thank you parents for getting your children to practices/tournaments, volunteering, and supporting your child through it all.  Great memories made this year!  We’ll practice Monday and Tuesday this week if they wish to keep scrapping and to get ready for postseason tournaments.  The varsity will be introduced to the kids on Monday!  State t-shirts will also be available for purchase at practice.  More details to follow.

A reminder to 8th grade and under wrestling parents: if your child would like to wrestle in NYWA this year, please sign them up through the link sent to you via e-mail by Tuesday.

Upcoming Events (Feb 26 – Mar 4)

Monday- Youth open mat/team practice 6 PM.  Varsity introduced!
Tuesday- Youth open mat/team practice at 6 PM.
Thursday- MSHSL Team Tournament at Xcel Energy Center
Friday/Saturday: MSHSL Individual Tournament at Xcel Energy Center
Sunday: J Robinson Wrestling Classic at Mendota Heights

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.

O’Connor, DeFrang, and Murray WOTW; Nordquist wins 100

Thank you ZM Wrestling family for helping make our home tournaments a success this weekend!  354 elementary wrestlers participated on Friday night and were done by 9:30.

There are many youth individual tournaments remaining starting with one in Kenyon this Saturday.  For a full list of tournaments, you can visit https://theguillotine.com/open-tournament-calendar/.  I also try to list the local tournaments in the Upcoming Events section each week.

Our youth wrestlers of the week are Teddy O’Connor, Braylen DeFrang, and Ben Murray.  Teddy is in PreK and son of Tim and Abbey.  Braylen is in 2nd grade and son of Jessica.  Ben is in 6th grade and son of Matt and Martha.

Congrats to senior Sam Nordquist for his 100th career win on Saturday! Youth wrestlers earning Cougar PAW Awards this week (Practice kindness, Act with respect, Work to do you best) were Luke Mulholland and Peter Klapperich.

Upcoming Events (Jan 22 – 28)

Tuesday– Youth practice.  100 Takedowns.  Don’t forget your pledges! PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Thursday- High School @ Kasson. #1A vs #1AA!!
Friday– Youth open mat/team practice at 5:45.
Saturday- Youth individual tournament in Kenyon.  High School at Bloomington Kennedy. MN/USA Qualifier in Shakopee.
Sunday: Youth team in Kasson.  Individual tournament in Rochester.

Diercks, Dodd, and Beyer are Youth WOTW; Home Tournaments This Weekend; #SKOL

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, Conner Dodd, and Jent Beyer. Owen is in PreK and son of Matthew and Kelly.  Conner is in 1st grade and son of Matt and Jen. Jent is in 4th grade and son of Seth and Tracey.

A group of wrestlers headed to the “Bring-One-Bring-All” team tournament in Farmington today.  Great matches were wrestled- some experienced their first team tournament, others wrestled in their first tournament ever!  They all got better today.  Thanks to all the coaches and parents for making this day a success!

Earning recognition in the classroom this week by receiving PAW awards were Braylen DeFrang, Jasper Lohmann, and Mason Mahoney.  Keep it up gentlemen!

Finally, SKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLL!!!!!!!!

Upcoming Events (Jan 15 – 21)

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