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Celebrating 75 years of Oklahoma State wrestling at Gallagher-Iba Arena

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This weekend, the college wrestling program with the most individual NCAA champions and team titles will mark its 75th year competing in the only major college arena in the nation to be named in honor of a wrestling coach, reported Thursday.

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On Sunday, Oklahoma State wrestling will celebrate 75 years of competing in Gallagher-Iba Arena, named in part for Ed Gallagher, the coach who not only built the Cowboy mat dynasty, but has also been called "the Dean of Collegiate Wrestling" and "the Knute Rockne of the Mats" (referring to the legendary Notre Dame football coach killed in a plane crash a few years' earlier).

In his time at Oklahoma State, Gallagher transformed amateur wrestling in the U.S., by applying scientific principles to everything from holds to diet… incorporating positive psychological reinforcement to his athletes… and sharing his knowledge by writing instructional books, turning out dozens of high school and college wrestlers who spread the Gallagher way across the nation, and even engaging in state-of-the-art promotion for the sport by being featured in Life magazine and from playing up a cowboy image, complete with Stetson hats in road trips to the east, and even a visit to the White House.

College Wrestling Examiner has put together a photo-album, sharing images of the man, the coach and the building named in his honor that now celebrates 75 years.

Want to know more? Check out the article about the 75th anniversary of Gallagher-Iba Arena.. a story about the women of Oklahoma State wrestling at the official Cowboy website... and an historical feature on Ed Gallagher at InterMat.

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