Erik “Otto” Olson
Otto is a 1996 Everett High graduate. While there he established himself as one of the best high school wrestlers in Washington history. He was a 4-time district/regional champion, and a 3-time state champion. In 1995, he was the Everett Herald’s Man of the Year in Sports, and he placed 2nd at the Freestyle Junior Nationals. In 1996 he placed 2nd at U. S. High School Nationals, and he was featured on the cover of Wrestling USA.
As a collegiate wrestler at the University of Michigan, Otto was twice 1st Team Academic All-American, and a 3-time NCAA Division I All-American. In 1997, he placed 2nd in the Espior Nationals in Freestyle and Greco. In 1999, he placed 2nd at the NCAA Nationals and at the University Nationals in Freestyle. He holds many U. of Michigan records including: a) once holding the longest consecutive win streak in school history with 41, and b) second most wins with 174.
Other notable honors and achievements include being selected to the Washington Wrestling Report All-Century Team, and Washington’s High School State Half Century Wrestling Team. In 2002, he was 2nd at the World Submission Wrestling Championships.
In 2003, Otto began a teaching and coaching career at Explorer Middle School and Mariner High School. He was Explorer’s head wrestling coach from 2005-13 and his record during that time was 78-2. In both 2012 and 2013, he was selected Middle School Wrestling Regional Coach of the Year.
While a middle school student in 1991, Otto started a DJ sound system business, Otto-Matic Mobile Music. It has been in operation since then and has for the last three years been voted as Best in Western Washington.
Otto and his wife Shannon have a one year old daughter, Makena.