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Otto Olson 
Everett High School, 1996
Otto Olson is one of the best wrestlers in the history of Washington wrestling. During his high school career, Otto became a four-time district and regional champion, as well as a three-time state champion in 1994, ’95 and ’96, defeating wrestlers above and below his weight class. In 1995, Otto was named the Everett Herald’s Man of the Year and was recognized by multiple organizations and groups for his outstanding citizenship. During his senior year of high school, he was featured on the cover of Wrestling USA, a national magazine.

Ed Bailey, Lake Stevens Athletic Director, recalls Olson’s dedication to the sport: “I remember him as a senior not wanting a car like his classmates because he felt it would make him soft if he was not running or biking all over town to keep in shape.”

Olson was named to the Washington Wrestling Report All-Century Team in 1999, and the Washington High School State Half Century Team in 2003. After high school, Olson attended the University of Michigan on a wrestling scholarship. During his time at Michigan, Olson won many awards. He was a First Team Academic All-American twice, and also a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. He became the Big Ten Conference Champion twice in 2001 and 2002. Olson still has many records, including the longest consecutive win streak in Michigan school history with 41, as well as the second most wins with 174.

Olson is also known for his wrestling on the national stage. In 1997 he placed second at the Espior Nationals in Freestyle and Greco. Then in 1999, he placed second at the University Nationals in Freestyle. In 2003, he went to the World Submission Wrestling Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he placed second.

After college Olson moved back to Washington where he accepted a teaching job at Explorer Middle School and became the head wrestling coach at Explorer and Mariner High School (2003-2008). During his stint as a coach, Olson helped put the wrestling program back on the map. Along with teaching, he also owns a DJ business, Otto-Matic Mobile Music, which has been in operation for over fifteen years.

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