Nels Ochs tourney Saturday
This Saturday's Nels Ochs Memorial wrestling tournament at Madras High is now in its third decade.
Featuring eight teams, the event began the season following a tragic automobile accident in the spring of 1979 which killed Ochs, who had completed his final season of wrestling for Madras High only weeks earlier.
Nelsie, as he was fondly called by family and friends, was selected the team's Most Valuable Wrestler as a senior. He hated to diet but felt a responsibility to his teammates an coaches to do so. After moving up a weight class to the 106-pound class, instead of the 98 pounds he wrestled at when a freshman, sophomore and junior, Ochs was picked team captain.
His family has continued sponsoring the event bearing his name since it began in 1980 and his nephews will be handing out awards at this year's event.