Charles “Chuck” Peterson - 1957
Football, Wrestling, Golf
A champion in his sports career, and a champion in his professional career, Chuck Peterson is one of OHS’s most recognized sports personalities ● An eight time letter-winner for the Indians, Peterson earned his letters in Football (1955, 1956), Wrestling (1954, 1956, 1957), and Golf (1955, 1956, 1957) ● A member of the “O” Club, Peterson also was awarded the Jostens Award for Athletics as a junior ● Teammates and coaches recognized his ability as a leader and he was selected as a team captain his senior year in football, wrestling and golf.
A punishing center and linebacker for OHS, Peterson earned All-Big Nine Conference and All-State Honorable Mention honors as a center in 1956. That same year, Peterson also led the Big Nine Conference in tackles and was later recognized for his defensive prowess by being named to the OHS All-Millennium team as a linebacker.
A three-time letterwinner in wrestling, Peterson earned his first letter as a ninth grader on OHS’s 1954 State Championship Wrestling team ● A Big Nine Conference Champion in 1957 at 145 lbs., Peterson was also champion at the prestigious Mankato State Invitational Meet that same year.
A three-year starter for the OHS golf team, Peterson earned District Four Runner-up honors in 1957, and was runner-up in the region at the Minnesota State Jaycee Tournament that same season.
Peterson went on to a successful collegiate career at Luther College where he was a three-year letterman in football, earning All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 1961 ● A two-year letterman in wrestling, he was undefeated in Iowa Conference dual meets and was runner-up in the 1961 NAIA Tournament and was a three-year letterwinner on the Luther golf team being named captain his senior year ● Following college, Peterson was a head wrestling coach at Tracy & Wayzata High Schools in Minnesota ● Peterson has previously been inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame (1974) and Luther College’s Athletic Hall of Fame (1978) ● As an alumnus, Peterson continues to promote OHS and its athletic programs with the same enthusiasm and intensity that characterized him as an athlete.

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