Oklahoma high school wrestler dies at home

A GoFundMe page has been set up for an Oklahoma high school wrestler who passed away of undisclosed causes at his home this past weekend.

Alex Morgan
The Oklahoman newspaper reported Wednesday on the death of Alex Morgan, 17, was a two-year starting wrestler at Putnam City West High School in metropolitan Oklahoma City.

The GoFundMe page was established to help Morgan's family with funeral expenses.

News of his death was posted on the Putnam City West Patriot Wrestling Facebook page on Wednesday.

"It is with great sadness, that we say goodbye to one of our own. Alex Morgan a two-year starter who was about to start his junior year passed away this past weekend. He will be missed and never forgotten by his wrestling family. Our condolences go out to his wonderful family. He was loved by all who knew him. He represented Patriot wrestling well always. We will miss you."

The school has not revealed a cause of death.

"Out of respect to the family we don't have a cause yet," said Jeff Hock, Putnam West's athletic director. "I can tell you that we did have a young man pass away over the weekend. Other than that, I don't have any details at this time.

"Everything is being held closely to the family. Even my wrestling coach doesn't have any of the details."

There was no explanation provided at the Putnam West wrestling program's Facebook page, nor at the school's official website.

Despite the mystery surrounding the cause of death of the junior-class wrestler, Morgan's passing has hit the school hard.

"It's certainly shaken us at the core," Hock told The Oklahoman. "We lost a teacher a week into the school year, so anytime you're dealing with a loss … we consider each other family -- students, faculty, coaches, administrators. We spend in many cases more time with each other this year than our families. It's difficult. As a father of two young boys it's difficult to process."

According to the GoFundMe page, Alexander Nicholas Morgan was born August 10, 2000. The son of David and Sherrie Morgan was early in his junior year at Putnam City West High. "His teammates and coaches were a second family to him," according to the GoFundMe posting.

Putnam City West High School is located in the northwest portion of the metropolitan area of Oklahoma's state capital. Established in 1968, Putnam West has a total enrollment of approximately 1,500 students. The wrestling team and all other sports teams are the Patriots.


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balvinders (1) about 10 months ago
OMG. God give patience to his family . my sympathy is with his family. RIP