A Coaching Legend With A Rather Peculiar Start

By Jeff Bro Olsen

Robert “Thors” Thorson has to be one the most unlikely wrestling coaches in the entire state.

He never wrestled in either high school or college.

Eventually, he became a renowned practice room wrestler after he arrived in Fertile in 1965 to teach elementary school.

Now retired, Thors, as he is called, turned 80 on August 16.

“I graduated from Halstad High School, which is about 70 miles north of Moorhead.

Play basketball in high school?

“Yeah, I did. I wasn’t worth a damn. I sat on the bench the whole damn time except my senior year. I think I scored a total of one point, but I could guard really well.”

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