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Waconia High School 7th - 12th Grade Registration

Registration for wrestlers interested in joining our 7th - 12th Grade Program is available through the Waconia High School Activities Office. The registration deadline is due before the season begins on November 22nd. 

7th - 12th Grade Registration Link


Contact Waconia 7th-12th Grade & Varsity Head Coach - Nick Hackman - for details at

Waconia Wrestling Club - Youth Program Update 11-21-2021

Our 2021-2022 Waconia Youth Wrestling Season began on 11/15 and we are happy to have over 100 kids registered to participate this season. As shared at the November 8th Parent Meeting, below are the practice logistics for the start of the season:

Practice Groups:

  • "Junior Grapplers" (PreK/Kindergarten): 5:30-6:30 on Mondays
  • Novice/Intermediate Group (1st - 4th Grade < 2 years experience): 5:30-6:30 on Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Advanced Group (2nd - 6th Grade > 2 years experience or new 5th/6th graders): 7:00 - 8:15 on Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • All practices are held at Waconia Middle School in the Wrestling Room & Fitness Room. No practice will be held when school is out or cancelled.

THERE WILL BE NO YOUTH (PK-6TH GRADE) PRACTICES HELD 11/22-11/25. Youth practices will resume the week of 11/29.

Limited spots remain available for registration as capacity permits. Contact Youth Program Director, Jeff Katherman, with any questions at

Max McEnelly Wins 16U National Freestyle Title

As posted in the Waconia Sun Patriot Newspaper:

Max McEnelly again proved he was one of the best wrestlers in the state, winning his second consecutive Class AAA Wrestling Championship. But the sophomore’s work was not done, as he got right back to the grindstone to prove he was not only one of the best wrestlers in Minnesota, but one of the best wrestlers in the country. And in July, the hard work paid off as McEnelly bested 53 wrestlers from 23 different states to win the 2021 Fargo 195 pounds 16U National Championship.

“It’s probably one of my greatest wrestling accomplishments ever,” said McEnelly. “Being on that stage in front of those people in front of the crowd, in front of all of those college coaches there - this is a national tournament - this is one of the best high school tournaments in the nation, so it was awesome.”

Read the full article by James Stitt from the Waconia Sun Patriot:

Checkout Max's post match interview here: Max McEnelly (MN), 2021 16U Nationals freestyle champion at 195 pounds - YouTube

Freestyle/Greco Season Recap

It was a very active Spring/Summer for many of our youth/high school wrestlers training and competing across the international styles of Freestyle and Greco-Roman. See below for the highlights.

16U & Junior Age Group

Josh Wagener - Freestyle State Participant and Northern Plains Freestyle Participant

Max McEnelly - Freestyle State Champion, USAW Northern Plains Champion, and 16U National Champion at 195lbs. 

Lincoln Vick - Freestyle State Champion, MNUSA Greco State Participant, USAW Northern Plains Participant & Minnesota Storm Team Member at 16U Freestyle Nationals/Fargo National Qualifier

14U & 12U Age Group

Jimmy Johnson - Greco State 5th Place and Freestyle State Participant

Carter Katherman - Greco State Champion, Freestyle State Runner-Up, and 14U Minnesota Storm National Freestyle/Greco Dual Team member

Vincent Halliday - 14U Minnesota Storm National Freestyle/Greco Dual Team member

Sawyer Nemitz - Freestyle & Greco State Participant

Blake Miller - Freestyle State Participant

Max Miller - Freestyle State Participant

Platinum Golf Sponsors 2021

Congrats to our K-6 Youth Team on an amazing season! 2021 NYWA K-6 Team State - 14th Overall

Congrats to our K-6 Youth Team! 2021 NYWA K-6 Team State - 14th out of 32 teams.

Congrats to Aiden Meuwissen - 2021 NYWA 5th-6th Grade 120# State Champion

Waconia High School Team - 2021 Train Like a Norseman Team Camp - 2nd Place Overall

Congrats to 2021 Train Like a Norseman Team Camp - Undefeated & Outstanding Wrestler Winners (Carter Katherman, Josh Wagener, Gage Mueller, Alex Riley)

Congrats to Max McEnelly - 2021 MSHSL State Champion & 2021 USAW Freestyle National Champion

Congrats to Lincoln Vick! 2021 MN USA Freestyle State Champion & 2021 MSHSL 6th Place

Waconia wrestlers at the 12U and 14U Freestyle/Greco State Tournament (Carter Katherman, Jimmy Johnson, Sawyer Nemitz, Blake Miller, Max Miller)

Wildcat Headlines

IMPACT Concussion Baseline-Ridgeview Medical

Video- Why Freestyle Wrestling is Key to Folkstyle Success.

Team USA discusses Freestyle Wrestling as Key to their Folkstyle success.