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Retired Omaha wrestling coach Lou Miloni passes

Lou Miloni, long-time, former head wrestling coach at Westside High School in Omaha until his retirement in 2000, died this week at his home in Arizona. He was 79.

Lou Miloni
Miloni took the helm of the Westside mat program in 1964. Over the course of his time at Westside, Miloni coached 24 individual state champions, 16 District Team Titles, and two Class A State Championships in 1976 and 1977. He guided his teams to an overall record of 244-88-7 in his time at Westside from 1964 through 2000.

According to WOWT-TV, Miloni coached one of the best wrestlers ever to come out of the state, Westside's Brad Metzler became the first Nebraska high school wrestler to complete four consecutive undefeated seasons from 1997-2000.

Coach Miloni retired in 2000 and was welcomed into the Westside Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 the Westside State Wrestling Championship teams from 1976-77 were also inducted into Hall of Fame.

Prior to becoming a coach, Miloni had a successful on-the-mat career. At Central High School, Louis C. Miloni compiled a 75-5-1 record, winning two Nebraska state titles, three All-Metro titles, and being chosen as the team's most outstanding wrestler. At Omaha University (also known as University of Nebraska-Omaha), Miloni continued his remarkable success, compiling a 39-3 record, was selected as the university's Athlete of the Year in 1962. Miloni was welcomed into the university's Wresting Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Miloni family plans a "Celebration of Life" later this summer.

Those wishing to offer tribute to Lou Miloni may do so in a number of ways, including sending donations to: Louis J. Miloni Legacy Fund, Westside Foundation, 909 South 76th Street, Omaha, NE 68114, or via email: westside.foundation@westside66.net , or by phone: (402) 390-2133.

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