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Trenton Coyer suffers scary injury at Long Prairie wrestling match

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Trenton Coyer suffers scary injury at Long Prairie wrestling match
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The Osakis wrestling team will be without one of its best wrestlers for a while after a scary situation at Long Prairie on Thursday night.


Junior Trenton Coyer was brought down to the mat hard during his match and remained down after hitting the ground. Medical personnel took all the necessary precautions as Coyer was taken off the mat on a stretcher and in a neck brace before being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Coyer received an X-Ray on Thursday night and head coach Joey Andreasen said he is scheduled to have an MRI next Thursday. Coyer has full movement of all his limbs, and Andreasen said he is sore today and on pain medications.

“He just kind of got taken down rather hard,” Andreasen said. “It wasn’t anything illegal or a slam or anything. He kind of got twisted and dropped. He has a sore back today.”

Coyer is one of the top wrestlers on this team. He entered this season with 75 wins after going 31-8 and making his second straight state tournament at 113 pounds last winter.

“Everyone was a little nervous,” Andreasen said of watching Coyer go down. “They were a little worked up over the situation, and they were worried. It was pretty quiet in there.”

His teammates did find a way to bounce back as the Silverstreaks went on to beat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50-27.

“They regained their composure and went out like nothing happened and got some big wins,” Andreasen said. “We capitalized on a couple forfeits but the matches that we were supposed to win from there on out, the guys took care of business and did what they were supposed to do. There weren’t any emotional letdowns.”

Andreasen said Coyer will definiltey not be back before Christmas. The team and Coyer himself will know a lot more about what the injury means for the rest of his wrestling season after getting the MRI next week.

“They’re pretty optimistic right now that his season isn’t over and hopefully he will be able to participate after Christmas,” Andreasen said. “Our next South dual is on the 16th of January so that’s really what we’re focusing on…of course, he could have the MRI and be done for the year. It’s hard to say.”

However long he is out, the Silverstreaks know he’ll be almost impossible to replace in the lineup.

“We don’t have a lot of depth and you can’t take a kid off the JV to replace Trenton,” Andreasen said. “If we had another one of his caliber, he certainly wouldn’t be on the JV. We’d be finding a spot for him somewhere. It’s going to put a pretty big hole in our lineup. The last two, three years we’ve expected 30 wins out of him a year, basically. We’re going to feel that for the next few weeks, definitely.”

Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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