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Waconia Youth Wrestling - FREE Clinic and Open House - September 20th @ 7pm

Our Waconia Wrestling Club will be hosting a free PreK – 6th grade clinic on September 20th @ 7pm in the WHS Main Gym for all youth families who are interested in their child (boys and girls) coming out for wrestling this year. This clinic/open house is geared for kids/families that are brand new to the sport or new to our program here in the Waconia area. No registration is necessary, just show up and come see what our local youth wrestling program is all about. Kids, parents, brothers/sisters are all welcome to attend. The clinic will include an introductory technique session and fun workout for the kids along with a presentation and Q&A session for parents and family members. The clinic is expected to last about 1 hour. Returning wrestlers and families are also encouraged to attend to meet new families. Contact Jeff Katherman at jdkatherman@gmail.com for any questions/details.

Fall 2021 Informational Flyer

Youth Wrestling Program Info & Registration Details

The Waconia Wrestling Club wants YOU in the room this year! Open to all local Waconia area youth (boys and girls) across grades PreK (age 4+) to 6th grade. We have a great youth & high school wrestling tradition in Waconia and want to introduce your family to a sport that will leave your child forever changed from developing character, strong relationships, leadership, determination, work ethic, “grit”, physical/mental strength, and self-confidence. Waconia Wrestling Club is an official USA Wrestling affiliated club serving approximately 100 (PK-6th grade) kids in the program annually.

Available Fall/Winter Programs

Junior Grapplers: This is an introductory program for all PreK – Kindergarten kids aimed at building athleticism and a passion for the sport while having fun and learning functional wrestling movements through games and physical activity. Practices will be 1x per week from November – January.

Novice / Intermediate Youth: This program is for 1st - 6th graders that are either brand new ("Novice" wrestlers) or those with a few years of experience ("Intermediate" wrestlers) and is geared toward working on the basics and fundamental techniques to aid the individual development of each kid. Practice groups will be determined based on grade, weight, skill level and experience to group practice partners appropriately. Practices will be 2x per week from November - January.

Advanced Youth: This is a program for 2nd - 6th graders that have 3+ years of experience, our Advanced program will provide more detailed techniques, positions, and a more challenging pace to practice advancing each kid to the next level of their development. Practices will be 2-3x per week from November – early April.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Get registered now by October 1st before late fees ($25/wrestler). 

2021-2022 YOUTH WRESTLING REGISTRATION LINK

For any questions, contact Youth Program & Club Operations Director, Jeff Katherman at jdkatherman@gmail.com or 612-968-5488.

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

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:

https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_patriot/sports/waconia-wrestler-wins-national-competition/article_a9b85cc4-f0e4-11eb-8a8a-1fab8c72cd4b.html?fbclid=IwAR21EgqJrkO8xIlKuYkT4qsWa3SwFYhn0CJC-suomPnvTGDLSLixyrnEzZI

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 Minnesota Storm National Freestyle/Greco Dual Team member

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

Sawyer Nemitz - Freestyle & Greco State Participant

Blake Miller - Freestyle State Participant

Max Miller - Freestyle State Participant

2021 Waconia Wrestling Golf Classic - Friday June 25th

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for their ongoing support of our k-12 wrestling program.

Click on the link below to see a list of our sponsors.


IMPORTANT - Register to receive wrestling communications and emails

Becoming a member of the Waconia Wildcats Wrestling website allows you to get updates & information sent to you (after creating an account you can then register for communication updates.) Email list created by your registration will be the only emails used, so if you don't register, you will not receive any communications

Please note that creating an account to be a member of the site is the first step, you then must also register to receive communications. We suggest that each parent/wrestler registers for the communications individually-thanks!

To receive text and calendar updates & notifications, you must login into your sports ngin account, click on your username, select account settings and choose the options you want/enter cell info. Also, be sure to download the sports ngin app on your smartphone, and follow the Waconia Wrestling (youth and middle and high school are two separate teams!)

Registration form

Platinum Golf Sponsors 2021



Gold Golf Sponsors 2021


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

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

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


Carter Katherman & Vincent Halliday at the 2021 14U USAW National Freestyle/Greco Duals in Franklin, Indiana


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.