Former Crookston Pirate head wrestling coach Rodd Olson was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame Saturday in Benson, Minn.
Olson was an assistant coach for the Pirates from 1971 to 1975 and was head coach from 1976 to 1999. He compiled a record of 205-150-1 in his time as the head coach.
Two-time state champion Paul Kuznik was Olson's presenter at the hall of fame ceremony.
Olson, a Fertile, Minn. graduate in 1963, attended Concordia College, graduating from there in 1967 with a BA in Physical Education and Coaching. While at Concordia he played football and baseball and was a four year letter-winner in both. He coached football, basketball and baseball in Eagle Bend, Minn. for four years. He then moved to Crookston and was an assistant wrestling coach for five years before becoming the head coach from 1976-1999. He was voted Section Coach of the Year in 1988 as the Pirates qualified for the state team tournament.
Olson has coached 33 state entrants, 13 state place-winners, four of whom were two-time state champions, Paul Kuznik (1985 and 1986) and Lenny Meine (1989 and 1990).
Rodd and his wife, Francine, have four grown children (Jeff Olson, Delano, MN; Paula Olson Odland, Alexandria, MN; Leah Olson Winjum, Crookston, MN; Jake Olson, Delano, MN) and 11 grandchildren.