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Wrestling: Coyer named MVP

Osakis senior Brendon Coyer (top) wrestles with Chatfield sophomore Jake Mandt during the second period of the Class A individual state wrestling tournament 138-pound consolation championship on Feb. 27 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Will Benson | Osakis Review)1 / 2
The Osakis team award winners include (left to right) Garrett Sunder, most improved, most reversals; Nathan Kulzer, Silverstreak Award; Isaac Mattson, most escapes; Gage Zieske, Phil Benedict Takedown Award and Brendon Coyer, MVP, OHS Pin Award. (Contributed)2 / 2

The Osakis wrestling team wrapped up its season by handing out team awards in early March and naming senior Brendon Coyer as the MVP.

Coyer wrapped up his career with a fourth-place finish at 138 pounds at the Class A state tournament. He led Osakis all season, finishing tops in team points (178), falls (16) and wins on his way to a 37-7 record. His overall career and a fourth-place finish at state earned him some high praise from his head coach after the season.

“He had an awesome career and is going to go down as one of the top two, three wrestlers in Osakis history – around there – and so it was a great weekend,” Joey Andreasen said from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Fellow senior Garrett Sunder was named the team’s most improved wrestler. He finished 23-18 with 32 takedowns, 15 pins and 116 team points. Sunder also added the award for most takedowns after finishing with 26.

Eighth grader Nathan Kulzer took home the Silverstreak Award after an impressive season that saw him accumulate a 26-16 record. Kulzer had eight falls, 38 takedowns, 15 escapes and 110 team points.

Sophomore Gage Zieske had the most takedowns on the team with 77. That earned him the Phil Benedict Takedown Award as Zieske finished up his season with a 29-7 record and wrestling at the state tournament for the first time at 120 pounds.

Sophomore Isaac Mattson rounded out the varsity award winners with the most escapes on the team (24).

Junior Seth Johnson (20-9) joined Coyer, Kulzer, Zieske and Sunder as wrestlers with at least 20 wins this season.


VARSITY – Most Valuable – Coyer; Most Improved – Sunder; Silverstreak Award – Kulzer; OHS Pin Award – Coyer; Phil Benedict Takedown Award – Zieske; Most Reversals – Sunder; Most Escapes – Mattson

JV – Most Valuable – Dominic Strom; Most Pins – Andrew Drevlow (9), Brock Faber (9); Most Takedowns – Faber (23)

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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