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Waconia Wrestling Club - Golf Event & Fundraiser - June 24th

Greetings Waconia Wrestling Family and Supporters!

Our annual Wildcat Wrestling Golf Event Fundraiser will be June 24, 2022. We are already full on teams for this year, but still have some needs to celebrate a great day of fund – and friend – raising. See below for all the details and additional ways to get involved.

Golf Tournament Details (for those already registered):

Date: Friday, June 24, 2022
Place: Glencoe Country Club, 1325 1st St E, Glencoe, MN 55336
Time: 11 a.m. Check In
Noon Shotgun Start
Dinner provided after golf

2022 Golf Event Fundraising Goal and Needs:
Fundraising is critical to help our K-12 wrestlers have the best possible experience while giving them the tools to be successful on and off the mat. Please consider an event sponsorship or donate items to our Raffle and Silent Auction.

Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 to fund the following objectives:
• New Warmups
• Livestream Technology Upgrades
• Expansion of Freestyle/Greco program
• Scholarships for Graduating Seniors
• iPad Upgrades
• New Practice Mats

The Waconia Wrestling Club Board extends a BIG thank you for your generous and continued support.


2022 Golf Event Sponsorship Opportunities:
• Bronze ($100) – Hole Sponsorship – Sign with logo on one hole, listed on event poster and golf program
• Silver ($200) – Bronze items plus logo on golf event page of website, golf program and home program
• Gold ($400) – Silver items plus extra hole sign, logo on home page of website, larger logo in golf program and
Facebook recognition
• Platinum ($1,000) – Gold items plus 2 extra hole signs (4 total), extra recognition during, before and after event,
extra recognition in program, logo at top of website home page, golf event website and home program
• In-Kind Donations/Raffle and Silent Auction Items – recognition during raffle/auction and listed in golf program
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on providing the best possible experiences for student
athletes on and off the mat. For tax purposes, our FEIN-ID is 27-3698956.
 

If you are interested in donating or have questions, please contact our Co-Chairs of the WWC Golf Event Planning Committee:  Lisa Marsh (lisamarshpharmd@gmail.com), Bret McEnelly (bret.mcenelly@gmail.com) or Jon Hemze (jon.hemze@gmail.com).

 

Summer Open Mat Practices & Training - Join Us!

For kids interested in participating in Waconia Wrestling Club's Summer Weekly Open Practices Program, please fill out the below registration form below.

Coaches: Kids this summer will be coached by Waconia alumni & previous MHSHL State Champions & current Augustana University wrestlers...Cade Mueller & Tyler Wagener assisted by volunteers across Waconia Wrestling Club.

Dates/Times*: Practices will span for 12 weeks beginning June 8th through August 24th. Practice times are tentatively planned to occur from 6:00-7:30 on Wednesday nights repeating weekly throughout the summer. 

*NOTE: Practice timing could be adjusted based on numbers and room capacity.

Location: Waconia High School Wrestling Room 

Ages: All interested Waconia wrestlers are welcome. However, practices will be geared for experienced Waconia youth and high school wrestlers ages 2nd - 12th grade (grade entering Fall 2022). For kids in the younger grades we recommend bringing a practice partner. 

Cost: All registered wrestlers are required to have a USA Wrestling Membership (for $55) for the 2021-2022 membership year for insurance/liability purposes. Part of the USA Wrestling membership provides annual accident and injury insurance protection during wrestling practices and competitions among other benefits. To purchase or renew a USAW membership, go to https://www.usawmembership.com for all the details. Voluntary donations are also welcome, but not required in any way. But, if interested, you can donate via check (to WWC) or Venmo (@WaconiaWresting) to Waconia Wrestling Club to help offset our program costs for these summer practices.

Registration / Sign-Up: Please, register by Sunday, June 5th to help us plan practices accordingly and ensure room capacity.

Questions: Please contact our Summer Open Mat Practice Program Director, Jeff Johnson with any questions at jjohnson5150@yahoo.com or (952) 237-3725.

Waconia Wrestlers To Compete on Team Minnesota National Freestyle/Greco Dual Teams In June

Congratulations to the following Waconia Wrestling Club wrestlers that will be competing on several Team Minnesota Age Group Freestyle/Greco National Dual Teams this summer!

Jon Kopp (8th Grade) 165# has been invited to be a part of the MN National 14U/Schoolboy Freestyle/Greco Team that will compete June 9th - June 13th in Franklin, Indiana. See the details at https://usawrestlingevents.com/event/2200107302.

Carter Katherman (9th Grade) 113# and Vincent Halliday (8th Grade) 220# have been invited to be members of the MN National 16U/Schoolboy Freestyle/Greco Team that will compete June 8th - June 12th in Loves Park, Illinois. See the details at https://usawrestlingevents.com/event/2200115502.

Wishing the best of luck to Jon, Vincent and Carter at the USAW National Freestyle/Greco Duals this summer! Train hard, have fun and Go Minnesota Storm!

USAW Northern Plains Regional Freestyle & Greco Championships Recap

To close out the regular season for Freestyle/Greco, Waconia Wrestling had several wrestlers compete at the prestigious USAW Northern Plains Regional Championships on May 14th & 15th, held in Wisconsin Dells, WI. This tournament is always tough, but was especially tough this year with over 1,000 wrestlers competing in Freestyle and over 550 in Greco this year. This tournament is especially important for 16U and Junior age group wrestlers as a path to qualify for USAW Freestyle/Greco Fargo Nationals - with top 6 in each weight class auto-qualifying. Congratulations to the below wrestlers who put in on the line and competed in this tourney:

16U Freestyle: 

  • Carter Katherman 113#
  • Vincent Halliday 220#

Junior Freestyle:

  • Lincoln Vick 138#
  • Bradee Dwinell 152#

16U Greco: 

  • Carter Katherman 113# - 4th place
  • Vincent Halliday 220# - 6th place

Junior Greco

  • Bradee Dwinell - 152#

Congratulations to Carter and Vince for qualifying for Fargo Nationals in Greco with their top 6 finishes! Both will be looking to register individually and make the MN National Team as well in Freestyle via wrestle off at the June 25th Fargo Camp. In addition, kudos and congrats on some great wrestling performances by Bradee Dwinell and Lincoln Vick against some of the best wrestlers in the midwest!

Max McEnelly Makes Team USA U17 UWW Cadet Freestyle World Team

Waconia Junior, Max McEnelly, competed in the UWW U17 (Cadet) Freestyle World Trials on April 30th & May 1st and was victorious in winning his 2nd National Title and claiming the World Team spot at 92kg (~202lbs). To do so, Max had to navigate a brutally tough bracket filled with Freestyle National All-Americans and nationally ranked kids to make the finals. Once in the finals, Max faced Camden McDanel for a best 2 out of 3 series. Max lost the first match 12-12 (on criteria), then rallied back to win match #2 5-3 and match #3 15-14 on a last second takedown! Winning this tournament means that Max will wrestle this summer at the U17 Freestyle & Greco World Championships across July 25-31 in Rome, Italy. Congrats to Max on this phenomenal accomplishment! Everyone across Waconia Wrestling Club is extremely proud of your representation of our club and know you will wrestle hard in Rome!

  • Here's is Max's post-match interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVYXtYsee5Y
  • Max's UWW U17 92kg Results:
    • Win vs. Kade West (Ascend Wrestling Academy) 10-0
    • Win vs. Melvin Whitehead (Gold Rush Wrestling) 10-0
    • Win vs. Austin Johnson (Pennsylvania) 12-0
    • Win vs. Sawyer Bartlet (Gladiator Wrestling) 6-5
    • Loss vs. Camden McDanel (Ohio) 12-12 (loss on criteria)
    • Win vs. Camden McDanel (Ohio) 5-3
    • Win vs. Camden McDanel (Ohio) 15-14

MNUSA Greco & Freestyle State Championships Recap

Congratulations to all our Waconia wrestlers that participated at the MNUSA Freestyle & Greco State Championships on April 30th & May 1st in Shakopee. A large number of kids across the K-12 program within Waconia Wrestling Club have really embraced these new styles, had fun and have gained some new skills that will improve their positioning and skilset when we flex back to folkstyle this summer/fall. Congrats to all the kids that put it on the line this weekend as follows:

MNUSA Greco State Participants/Results

12U: Will Katherman 3rd, Max Miller 3rd, Calvin Steen

14U: Beckett Marsh 6th, Wes Hammarsten 4th, Blake Miller 4th,

16U: Ian Olson 3rd, Carter Katherman 5th, Jimmy Johnson 6th, Sawyer Nemitz 3rd, Vince Halliday 2nd

Juniors: Bradee Dwinell 3rd, Sam Connell 3rd

 

MNUSA Freestyle State Participants/Results

10U: Lucas Turek

12U: Max Miller 3rd, Will Katherman 6th, Keegan Hammarsten,

14U: Jon Kopp 3rd, Beckett Marsh 5th, Blake Miller 5th, Wes Hammarsten, Cooper Stejskal,

16U: Ian Olson 2nd, Vincent Halliday 3rd, Carter Katherman 4th, Jimmy Johnson, Wil Goldschmidt, Sawyer Nemitz,

Juniors: Lincoln Vick 1st, Bradee Dwinell 4th, Alex Torres 5th, Andrew Torres, Sam Connell,

NYWA Post-Season Comprehensive Recap:

Congrats to all our kids that competed in the NYWA post-season series, across Districts, Regionals and the State Championships! We had great participation this year and had a lot of fun hosting both the Individual and Team Regional Qualifiers as well. Thank you to all who helped to make it a super successful end of the year!

K-8 Individual Region 3 Results: Link

K-6 Team Region 3 Results: Link

K-6 Grade State Tournament Results: Link 

  • Team 14th out of 32 Teams

State Individual:

  • Max Martin - Runner Up Kindergarten 105#
  • Logan Kleinknight - Runner Up 1st/2nd Grade 54#
  • Lincoln Kleinknight - 5th Place 3rd/4th Grade 76#
  • Michael Reiner - 5th Place 3rd/4th Grade 80#
  • Clayton Johnson - 5th Place 3rd/4th Grade 155#

Girls Division:

  • Caroline Moyer - Champion 1st/2nd Grade 50#

State Invite:

  • Will Koosmann - 2nd Place 3-4th Grade 72#
  • Beau Bieniek - 3rd Place 3-4th Grade 76#
  • Will Katherman - 4th Place 5-6th Grade 80#
  • Adam Torres - 3rd Place 5-6th Grade 80#
  • Will Beste - 3rd Place 5-6th Grade 84#
  • Joe Alger - 3rd Place 5-6th Grade 93#
  • Jacob Ess - 4th Place 5-6th Grade 102#

By the numbers - 7-8th Grade:

  • Region 3 Team Champions! 
  • Team State: 7th out of 32 Teams (Link) (wins over GMLOS, Foley, United, losses to Staples-Motley & Pine Island)

7-8th Grade State Individual:

  • Ian Olson - Runner Up 85#
  • Vincent Halliday- 3rd Place

Invite:

  • Mitchell Moyer -4th Place 7-8th 85#

MNUSA Folkstyle State Tournament Recap

Congrats to our youth wrestling team on a great performance at MNUSA! The K-6 dual team finished 4th overall in the team tournament. Also, the program sent 23 individual qualifiers to the MNUSA Folkstyle State Tourney, allowing each kid to get valuable experience and test themselves against some of the state's best wrestlers.

 

Congratulations to the following individual place winners:

Girls

Caroline Moyer 8U 50# - State Champion 

Breslyn Kirkpatrick 10U 60# - State Champion (now 2x!)

6U & 8U

Jacob Reiner 6U 55# - Runner Up

Logan Kleinknight 8U 55# - 3rd Place

10U 

Lincoln Kleinknight 10U 77# - Runner Up

Michael Reiner 10U 77# - 6th Place

14U

Aiden Meuwissen 14U 136# - State Champion (now 2x!)

Beckett Marsh 14U 77# - 5th Place

16U 

Vincent Halliday 220# - Runner Up

Ian Olson 88# - 3rd Place

Sawyer Nemitz 170# - 3rd Place

Waconia High School Wrestlers Finish Season Strong

Congratulations to our Waconia High School Wrestling Team on a great 2021-2022 season! 

  • Metro West Conference Champs
  • 2nd Place Section 6AAA Team
  • 10 MSHSL AAA Individual State Qualifiers: Carter Katherman, Maverick Mueller, Lincoln Vick, Aiden Meuwissen, Levi Mueller, Bradee Dwinell, Josh Wagener, Gage Mueller, Alex Riley, Max McEnelly
  • Congrats to Alex Riley (AAA 182#) and Lincoln Vick (AAA 126#) on finishing 3rd place at the MSHSL State Tournament
  • Congrats to Max McEnelly (AAA 195#) on winning his 3rd straight State Title



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