ZM Wrestling Camp details


The details for the ZM Summer Wrestling camp are out. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to attend camp this summer on June 6-9th in the Mazeppa gym.

Monday, June 6th: 5:30-6:30 (K-6), 6:45-8:00 (7-12)
Tuesday, June 7th: 5:30-6:30 (K-6), 6:45-8:00 (7-12)
Wednesday, June 8th: 5:15-6:15 (K-6), 6:30-7:45 (7-12)
Thursday, June 9th: 5:15-6:15 (K-6), 6:30-7:45 (7-12) 

The guest clinicians will be Austin Goergen (St Cloud State 4x All American DII) on June 6th and 7th. Billy McDonald and Kurt Becker (Co-head coaches for Watertown-Mayer, who finished 4th at state AA this year) on June 8th and 9th. Additional accolades for these clinicians as well as details are in the files below!

So download the form below, fill it out, and send to Link! Cant wait to see you guys on the mat!

Any questions, comment on the Facebook post or call Link Steffen at: 507-358-1344

Youth Events this Week

Your busy kid got you feeling like this? We have just the thing for you.

Your busy kid got you feeling like this? Help (and the wrestling season) is right around the corner.

Monday, Nov. 15- Free youth clinic for girls at 5:30 PM, any other youth at 6:30 in Mazeppa wrestling room. Designed for those new to wrestling or have taken some time off and thinking of trying again, but all are welcome. Know of someone who might enjoy wrestling? Send them an invite!

Wednesday, Nov. 17- Last day for youth to register on-line and receive a t-shirt. You can always register and join later but can’t guarantee a shirt.

Sunday, Nov. 21- Free youth physical fitness night from 5-6 PM in the wrestling room. Exercises, skills, and cardio to help get the bodies ready for the season.

ZM Youth Wrestling Registration Open Now!

The youth wrestling season (boys and girls in PreK-6th grade) will be starting soon and we’d like you to join us!  We hope to relay this information to as many ZM parents and youth as we can. Please help us out by sharing!

New to wrestling or looking to try it again?  We are offering free clinics on Monday, November 15th in the Mazeppa school wrestling room. The girls only clinic will be at 5:30 PM, and anyone else at 6:30 PM.  This practice provides the opportunity to learn more about the sport without any commitment.  See this flyer for more details.

Register online through Community Education by November 17th to receive a t-shirt.

We’ll also hold an open house on Monday, November 8th and Tuesday, November 9th from 5:30 PM – 7:30. Swing by the Mazeppa school wrestling room before or after your parent-teacher conference to meet the coaches and learn more about the program. Don’t forget to bring your unwanted wrestling gear.  Be sure to mark it with your name and asking price.

Finally, don’t forget clothing and gear orders close on October 31st. See this post for details.

Questions? E-mail Chris Lexvold-

High School and Youth Combine for 8-2 Record to Start the Season

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!









Upcoming Events
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.

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