Izzak Olejnik nets Huskie of the Week honor after eighth place performance


Eddie Miller

Izzak Olejnik secures Huskie of the Week honor after a stellar performance at the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

No. 12 ranked redshirt senior Izzak Olejnik’s victory over No. 10 redshirt junior Carson Kharchla in the 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships helped Olejnik nab Northern Star’s Huskie of the Week honor.

Olejnik was named an All-American after his victory over Kharchla and finished in eighth place at 165 pounds. Olejnik is just the ninth Huskie in school history to receive All-American honors. Olejnik finished with a 4-3 record at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Prior to his All-American performance at the tournament, Olejnik placed first overall at the 2023 Mid-American Conference Championships on March 4, defending his 2022 MAC title at 165.

Olejnik ended his dominant season with a 31-5 overall record and a 6-0 conference record.

Next week’s Huskie of the Week will be announced on March 27.

The Northern Star Huskie of the Week is voted for on a weekly basis. Student-athletes considered for this week’s edition were chosen based on their weekly performance in competitions taking place from March 13 to March 20.