Cowboy Wrestling Mourns the Loss of Fred Davis

Pokes Report Staff

(This article was generated by Oklahoma State Athletics Media Relations)

STILLWATER – Former Oklahoma State wrestling national champion Fred Davis passed away Friday in Tulsa at the age of 86 years old.

A three-time All-American for OSU (then Oklahoma A&M) from 1954-56, Davis won the national title at 167 pounds in 1955 and finished as the runner-up at the weight class in 1956. He finished his OSU wrestling career with a 29-3 record and was part of three NCAA championship teams.

In 2007, Davis was honored as the recipient of OSU’s Gallagher Award, which is presented annually to an OSU alumnus who exemplifies the spirit and leadership eminent in the tradition of champions.

Following his wrestling career, Davis began teaching and helped open McLain High in Tulsa, where he also started the wrestling program.

In 1964, Davis took the head coaching position at BYU and spent 20 years leading the program. He coached 18 All-Americans and 59 Western Athletic Conference champions at BYU, winning the conference championship in 15 of his 20 seasons.

Davis was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1973 after guiding the Cougars to a fourth place at the NCAA championships – their best finish in school history. During his 20-year tenure at BYU, his teams compiled a record of 210-90-3.

Following his collegiate coaching career, Davis returned to Tulsa to coach at Bishop Kelley, leading the program to a state runner-up finish in 1986 and coaching five state champions in a five-year span before becoming the school’s dean of students. He held that position until he retired in 1999.

In 2002, Davis was given the Lifetime Service to Wrestling recognition by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Davis was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and a stepdaughter. He is survived by Deon, his wife of 36 years, and 7 children.

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