Death of Oklahoma State wrestler, BYU coach Fred Davis

Fred Davis, three-time NCAA All-American wrestler and 1955 NCAA champ for legendary Oklahoma State coach Art Griffith who then went on to coach at Brigham Young University in Utah, then, later at in high school in Tulsa, passed away last Friday at age 86.

Fred Davis
Davis wrestled for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the mid-1950s during a great era in the program. At the 1955 NCAAs at Cornell University, Davis won the 157-pound title by defeating Larry TenPas of the University of Illinois in the finals. Davis' three-time All-American performance at the NCAAs three straight years helped propel Davis and his team to No. 1 standings in the championships.

(Other individual champs you may recognize from the 1955 NCAAs championships: Terry McCann of Iowa, Ed Peery of Pitt, Myron Roderick of Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma's Dan Hodge).

Less than a decade after graduating from Oklahoma State, Fred Davis launched his collegiate coaching career at Brigham Young University in Utah. He started there in 1964 and led the wrestling program for 20 years. Davis helped crown 15 conference titles for the Cougars and for his efforts was name NCAA Coach of the Year in 1973.

In 2003, Fred Davis was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American.

Just four years later -- in 2007 -- Davis was honored by Oklahoma State with their Gallagher Award winner, presented each year to "an OSU wrestling alumnus who exemplifies the spirit and leadership eminent in the tradition of champions."

"There has been some fine people win the Gallagher Award," Davis said at the time he was presented with the award named for the legendary wrestling coach Ed Gallagher who is credited with building the Cowboys into the all-time great mat program at Oklahoma State. "There have been some great wrestlers from the past and I am certainly honored to receive that distinction."

Davis finished out his career in Tulsa, coaching at Bishop Kelley High School until his retirement in 1999.

Funeral services for Fred Davis will be private.


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