The high school opened their season last Thursday with a win over Byron followed by a loss to Dover-Eyota. The Cougars then headed north to face Maple Grove and a father-son coaching battle with Centennial. The Cougars were able to earn both victories on Friday night.
The youth team competed in “The Brawl” in St. Michael over the course of 2 weekends. The young Cougars opened with wins over Monticello and Le Sueur-Henderson, followed by a close lose to Wayzata that went down to the last match. On the final day they were able to top New London-Spicer, St. Francis, and Blaine to earn 5th place out of 28 teams.
Leo Beyer (Seth and Tracey) was our Wrestler of the Week in Pod 1. Keep it up Leo!
Tuesday- Youth Pod 1 Practice 6 PM.
Friday- High School @ Stewartville. Youth Pod 1 Practice at 3 PM, Pod 2 at 6 PM.
Saturday- High School @ Lake City
Sunday- Youth Practice. 1PM: Pod 2. 3PM: Pod 4. 5PM: Pod 3.
Fun start to the youth season! Our Wrestler of the Week in Pod 1 for the first 3 weeks of in-person practice were Elih Schaefer (Mat and Shannon), Braylen DeFrang (Jessica), and Jonah Karow (Josh and Mary Beth).
The youth team will be wrestling at “The Brawl” Jan. 24th and 31st. You can watch it live on TrackWrestling for $19.99. The color commentary should be entertaining as well. Brawl apparel is available here.
The first high school event of the season is Thursday! Details how to watch will be made available later on the ZM Wrestling Facebook page.
Sunday, Jan 24th- The Brawl, Mat #6 at 3:15 & 4:15. 5:15 Mat TBD.
Sunday- Youth Practice. 1PM: Pod 2. 3PM: Pod 4. 5PM: Pod 3.
Tuesday- Youth Pod 1 Practice 7:30 PM.
Thursday- High School vs Byron+D-E @ Home
Saturday- Youth Pod 1 Practice 1PM, tentative.
This week the virtual challenge for the youth wrestlers was to perform rounds of exercises to the ‘Bring Sally Up’ song along with stance and motion drills. Each round took about 5 minutes to complete.
Our “Team of the Week” based on the results is Team LaGosh. Members are Levi Matthees, Kason Hill, Jonah Karow, Evan Scharpen, Jaxon Riggs, Owen Mehrkens, and Jacoby Brown. These young men completed 109 rounds between them. Well done!
Week 2 By the Numbers
5: Kids that finished 20+ rounds (Levi and Jacob Matthees-24, Jaxon Riggs, Bryce Gerdes, and Kale Johnson-20)
6: Teams that finished the challenge
55: People finished challenge and invited others to join them during ‘Bring Sally Up’
60: Number of kids that joined large group Zoom training session
203: Percent Team Watkins exceeded total round goal
588: Total rounds by all teams
2,940: Minutes spent exercising/drilling
Since ZM Youth Wrestling has been unable to hold in-person practices to date, the coaches have designed fun activities the kids can be involved in during the month of December.
This past week we’ve held Zoom training sessions and also created a “Weekly Challenge”. We had 10 teams of 6-7 kids involved. The challenge included:
1) doing a chore
2) performing rounds of push-ups, sit-up, and jumping lunges
3) spending 30 minutes outside
The round goal varied between teams based on member age.
Our “Team of the Week” based on results is Team Watkins! Members are Patrick Fruth, Gavin Johnson, Jase and Kade McNamara, Caden Lohmann, Jaxon Liffrig, and Jacob Scharpen. These animals combined to complete 272 rounds of push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping lunges. Good job boys!
Week 1 By the Numbers
3: People that finished 100+ rounds (Owen Lexvold-160, Sammy Moore-131, Coach McNamara-112)
9: Teams that finished the challenge (out of 10)
57: Number of kids that joined large group Zoom training session
65: Chores completed and participants (61 kids, 4 coaches)
340: Percent Team Watkins exceeded total round goal
426: Most rounds performed by 1 team (Team Steffen)
1,950: Minutes spent outside
3,059: Total rounds by all teams
91,770: Total push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping lunges performed
We are excited to announce that ZM Youth Wrestling is starting soon! Since we are unable to hold in-person practices at the moment, the coaches have designed fun activities the kids can be involved in during the month of December. This is open and free to any PreK thru 6th grade ZM student.
Click here to learn more. Questions? Please e-mail email@example.com.
Shout out to our state wrestlers- Lucas, Luke, Gabe, and Ethan. Great seasons! Reminder the high school wrestling banquet is Thursday at 6 PM. Thank you to Michael Majerus, John Poulin, Luke Krier, Cole Poncelet, and Jack Haglund for their years of dedication to the ZM wrestling program. Best of luck to you all in the future!
7-8th grade wrestlers: There will be practice on Tuesday at 6PM to prepare for NYWA team and individuals.
Reminders to parents:
- Register for MN/USA State Folkstyle Tournament by Monday at 10 PM if qualified-Schoolboys or Cadets do not have to qualify.
- Indicate on e-mailed spreadsheet link if your wrestler would like an NYWA membership by Tuesday. Booster Club will purchase the memberships on your behalf. You need a membership before you wrestle at districts.
Monday– Youth open mat at 6 PM.
Tuesday- Youth open mat with Dakota Trom at 6 PM. 7-8th NYWA team practice at 6 PM.
Thursday- Youth open mat at 3 PM. High School banquet 6 PM.
Friday- NYWA District Qualifier in Plainview
Saturday- Jaycees Qualifier in Goodhue
Friday-Sunday- MN/USA Folkstyle State Tournament
Congrats to Lucas Schiell (2nd-106), Luke Krier, (1st-126), Gabe Tupper, (2nd-182) and Ethan Kovars (1st-195) for advancing to the MSHSL State Tournament next weekend! Also placing at Sections were Michael Majerus (3rd), Ben Murray (3rd), John Poulin (5th), Beau Jurrens (4th), Cole Poncelet (4th), Tanner Mancilman (5th), Kyle Cloutier (5th), Jack Haglund (3rd), and Dalton Hall (4th).
Monday– Youth open mat at 6 PM. Booster Club Meeting at Zumbrota VFW at 6:30.
Tuesday- Youth open mat with Dakota Trom at 6 PM.
Thursday- Youth open mat at 6 PM.
Friday/Saturday- MSHSL Individual State tournament at Xcel Center.
Saturday- Prescott Border Battle
Sunday- Youth team tournament in Le Center. J-Rob Classic
The varsity was stopped short on Saturday, losing a close dual to Dover-Eyota in the Section 1A semi-finals. The individual portion will kick off Friday at Mayo Civic and finish up on Saturday.
The youth team placed 3rd at the Byron Challenge on Sunday. 10 wrestlers earned a spot on the podium: Elih Schaefer (5th), Cole Schiell (3rd), Sam Moore (2nd), Jake Moran (6th), Jent Beyer (3rd), Noah Schaefer (3rd), Max Ramer (1st), Owen Lexvold (2nd), Brody Lohman (5th), and Cain Lexvold (2nd).
The youth wrapped up their grade level practices this week. Thanks to everyone for participating and providing a great opportunity for our wrestlers! We’ll have an end of the year party in April. Stay tuned for more details. We’ll continue to hold open mat practices up until NYWA state.
Tuesday– Youth open mat at 6PM (moved from Monday due to possible weather).
Thursday- Youth open mat at 6PM.
Friday/Saturday- Individual high school state qualifier at Mayo Civic Center.
Sunday- Last MN/USA qualifier in Owatonna.
Congratulations to all of our JV wrestlers for winning the Hiawatha Valley League Conference Championship on Saturday! 6 wrestlers earned titles including Ryan Stimets, Kaleb Lochner, Mason Goodman, Ashton Macht, Ryan Lexvold, and Isaiah O’Reilly.
The varsity is the #2 seed in Section 1A and will host a home dual on Thursday night. More details to come.
The youth wrestlers of the week are Rhett Lodermeier, Bryce Gerdes, and Leo Beyer. Rhett is in Pre-K and son of Aron and Melanie. Carter is in 3rd grade, son of Michael and Heather. Leo is in 5th grade, son of Seth and Tracey.
The youth 100 Takedown prizes are in and can be picked up at practice Monday night. Our last grade level practices are Monday night. We hope to see everyone there especially those who haven’t been able to make it for a while. Thank you for getting them to practice, tournaments, volunteering, participating in the fundraiser, and being supportive of your wrestlers and the ZM Wrestling program!
Monday– Last grade level youth practice. PreK-3rd at 5:45. 4th-6th at 6:45.
Wednesday- Youth open mat at 6PM.
Thursday- High School varsity at home.
Saturday- Section 1A team semifinals and finals at Mayo Civic Center.
Sunday- Byron Challenge for youth team