By Chad Robert Snyder

Pilot staff writer

For Brookings-Harbor High School Wrestler Ray Mazyck, receiving the prestigious 25th-annual Kesey-West Brotherhood Wrestling Award was not only a surprise, it was also a great honor.

andquot;I really didn't know what to say,andquot; he said. andquot;I was very surprised.andquot;

Not that a wrestler receiving the award is totally unprecedented, but the 25-year history of the award it has only happened one other time. Generally the honor is bestowed upon a coach, including last year, when University of Oregon Head Wrestling Coach Ron Finley received the award.

The Kesey-West award is given annually at the Lane County Invitational. It was developed to recognize andquot;the importance of friendship and brotherhood through the sport of wrestling.andquot;

Each year, spectators, participants, coaches and officials select the recipient, and this year Mazyck's contributions to his school and the wrestling community in general were recognized.

Mazyck deferred much of the credit for the award to his fellow wrestlers and his school.

andquot;I couldn't have done it without the team; they're the ones who decided to put me up for it,andquot; he said. andquot;It's all about BHHS.andquot;