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Kobe Olson named top SH wrestler


March 14, 2017

Kobe Olson was named the wrestling team’s top performer at the Huskies’ awards night Sunday, March 12.

Olson, a senior who won his second straight state title this year, received the Pat Baxter Outstanding Wrestler Award. He joined a select group, becoming the seventh Sweet Home wrestler to repeat as a state champion, Coach Steve Thorpe said.

Freshman Travis Thorpe, who finished second to Olson in the 126-pound state final, was named Rookie of the Year after becoming the fourth freshman in school history to make a state final.

Junior Ricky Yunke and senior Jake Porter were presented the Iron Man Award, which goes to wrestlers who overcome adversity – illness, injury or otherwise.

Seniors Gracie Olson and Josh Rice received the Workhorse Award, which goes to a wrestler who pushes him- or herself and teammates.

Junior Bryce Coulter, who won his first district title after struggling with injuries his first two years, then went on to place second at state, was named Most Improved.

Kobe Olson also won the Most Falls award, with 36 for the season, and Most Takedowns with 42. His state title gave him seven championships, including regional and freestyle/Greco state titles.

Steve Thorpe noted that this was one of Sweet Home’s best seasons ever, with multiple milestones, including his breaking his predecessor Norm Davis’ state record of 504 dual meet wins.

“So many great things happened,” he said. “We won our fifth state title. We were regional champions, (Oregon) Classic champions and state champions. Our women’s program is now established. This has been a great year.”

The season results weren’t “an accident,” Thorpe said.

“This is something that had to be worked for. The only way we can maintain this and keep improving is to work hard every day.”

He challenged the returning team members to “do the extra things” – off-season practices, camps, summer competition.

“Freestyle and Greco are going now. Things are going pretty well right now,” Thorpe said.

The banquet, he said, “celebrated the accomplishments of what we’ve done. It also gave us a starting point, where we throw the 2017 season behind us and go to work on 2018.”


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