The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually recognizes an MWCA Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. This year the MWCA is excited to announce Tim Haneberg of Hastings as Head Coach of the Year and Mark Krier of Zumbrota-Mazeppa as Assistant Coach of the Year.
Link Steffen has taken plenty of his experiences and used them as tools to help the wrestlers on the Zumbrota-Mazeppa team. He said he’s not sure many of the wrestlers know he won a national championship during his collegiate career.
They might be aware now as Steffen was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame last month. Steffen, along with six other individuals, was inducted in the hall of fame Class of 2022.
One of the biggest messages he sends to the team is to enjoy every moment. Steffen felt he did so during his career and wants others to savor the ability to compete.
“Enjoy each day to the best of your ability,” Steffen said. “Enjoy the most of it you can while you have it.” Continue reading at republicaneagle.com →
Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Ethan Kovars constructed a home gym to get ready for the 2021 wrestling season. And boy, the work has paid off. Kovars is off to a fabulous 19-1 start and he’s not planning on slowing down anytime soon.
Ethan Kovars doesn’t believe in making excuses.
So when his local gym got shut down this summer due to the pandemic, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa senior wasn’t fazed.
Kovars decided to construct his own home gym because a lazy offseason is unacceptable to him.
His makeshift gym consisted of a push sled, a heavy tire and a pull-up bar. But that wasn’t good enough. So Kovars found some solid branches and connected them with two 30-pound cinder blocks and called it good. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →
Kasson-Mantorville wins Class 2A; Zumbrota-Mazeppa wins Class 1A
Too many times, St. Michael-Albertville has come close to state titles, only to have victory snatched away late.
On countless occasions, Apple Valley proved just one guy too deep to keep the Knights from climbing to the top of the ladder. Even in 2013, when the Knights did win that elusive big school crown, they were forced to share it with the Eagles.
Not on Thursday night. Continue reading at www.twincities.com
Link Steffen recalls the summer afternoon he banished his son Caden and his neighborhood friends to the Steffen backyard, booting the boisterous bunch out of the house.
The father needed a break from these boys, grade-schoolers at the time.
What he witnessed a short time later was one of the more inspiring things ever for a wrestling coach.
“I’d told the kids to go outside and do something,” said Link, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa wrestling coach. “About an hour later I look out and our wrestling mat is on the grass. They were outside, having their own wrestling tournament.” Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com