The Mayo Civic Center Region I Wrestling Hall of Fame honored inductees and area teams and wrestlers this past weekend at the Southeastern Minnesota Wrestling Seniors Banquet in Rochester, Minn.
With the University of Minnesota wrestling team prepping for the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich., Volunteer Assistant Coach Zach Sanders along with Minnesota Storm wrestler Hayden Zillmer earned gold medals at Cerro Pelado, an open freestyle tournament, in Havana, Cuba.
Sanders, who was a four-time All-American for the Golden Gophers, finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. He took down opponents from Canada, United State of America and Cuba.
Sanders would knock out the No. 3, No. 1, and No. 8 seed in the tournament to earn the gold medal.
The University of Minnesota has had world class wrestlers, and also world-class people walk through their wrestling room, volunteer coach Zach Sanders may be one of the best in both categories. This week’s Through the Lens goes into detail on why Zach wanted to become a wrestling coach and more.
The May 11, 2007 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘Em Up | Officially Speaking | Sanders Wins Schultz HS Excellence Award | Academic All-State | Sanders Named MWCA Mr. Minnesota | Bartelma Hall of Fame | Wrestling Camps, Clinics, and Training | Ask The Doc | USA Wrestling Senior Nationals | Hall of Fame Honors Seven | First Annual Golden Goldys | Wilkes SCSU Wrestler of the Year | Where Have They Gone? | Minnesota College All-Americans | Years Ago | Mayo Civic Center Hall of Fame | Through the Eyes of Mom | Gopher Team Awards | USA Wrestling Western Junior Regional | MN/USA Wrestling Juniors State | Northern Plains Junior Regional | Meyer named Jackrabbits‘ OW | NYWA State Tournament | USA Wrestling University Nationals.
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Zach Sanders of Wabasha-Kellogg was named MWCA Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling at the Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame Banquet held at Augsburg College on April 28, 2007.
The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior that best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Judging is based on past performances, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules.
Sanders is a five-time state champion with a career record of 223-5. He won the Class A 119 pound title this year, the 112-pound title as a junior and as a sophomore, and the 103-pound title as a freshman and as an eighth-grader. He ended his high school career with three undefeated seasons.