ZM Youth Wrestlers of the Week

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.

Upcoming Events
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.


Team LaGosh Named “Team of the Week”

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’
: 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

“Team of the Week” is Team Watkins

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


ZM Youth Wrestling Starting Virtually December 8th!

WBUR on Twitter: "Don't be a cotton-headed ninny muggin! Sign up for our  daily morning newsletter, WBUR Today. We'll send the top local news right  to your inbox so you can focusWe 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

5 Cougars Make Podium at MN/USA State Tournament

5 ZM Cougars were able to earn a spot on the podium this weekend at the MN/USA State tournament.  Leading the way were Elih Schaefer and Maxwell Ramer both earning runner-up.  Cain Lexvold placed 3rd, Jent Beyer and Owen Lexvold both earned 4th place.  Congratulations to all!

Elih Schaefer – 2nd place
Maxwell Ramer – 2nd place
Cain Lexvold – 3rd place
Jent Beyer – 4th place
Owen Lexvold – 4th place

Upcoming Events

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 at 6 5:30 PM.  7-8th NYWA team practice at 6 PM.
Friday- NYWA District Qualifier in Austin
Saturday- NYWA District Qualifier in Stewartville
Sunday- 7-8th Grade Team NYWA Region Qualifier in Grand Meadow

MN/USA State and NYWA Qualifiers This Weekend

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.

    Upcoming Events

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

Schiell, Krier, Tupper, and Kovars Qualify for State

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).

Upcoming Events

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

Youth Place 3rd in Byron Challenge

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

JV Wins Conference Title

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!

Upcoming Events

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

Youth Junior and Senior Teams Bring Home Titles

Thank you volunteers and wrestlers for helping with our home youth and JV tournaments this weekend!  Congrats to the JV for taking 2nd place.

The youth junior and senior teams had a nice showing in St. Charles on Saturday.  Both teams were able to take home the top prize in their divisions.

Our wrestlers of the week are Talon Post, Jacoby Brown, and Kason Hill.  Talon is in kindergarten and son of David and Mary.  Jacoby is in 3rd grade, son of Tony and Deanne.  Kason is in 4th grade son of Rob and Michaela.  A very special thanks to our guest Dakota Trom of MN Elite for helping lead practice and choosing 2 of our wrestlers of the week!

Upcoming Events

Monday – Youth practice.   PreK-3rd at 5:45.  4th-6th at 6:45.
Wednesday – Youth open mat at 6:00.  Booster Club meeting 6:30 at Mazeppa Liquor Store.
Thursday – High School vs PI in Mazeppa.  Senior Night.
Saturday- HVL JV tournament in Stewartville.  Youth individual tournament at Lakeville South.
Sunday- Youth individual tournament in Grand Meadow.
Saturday/Sunday- Gopher State Nationals.