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High schools: Legendary wrestling coach Virgil Milliron dies at 81

Milliron coached state championship teams in 1963 and ’64 at John Marshall, in 1966 and ’67 at U.S. Grant and in 1979 at Midwest City.While at John Marshall, Milliron coached two future Olympians in Wayne Baughman and Wayne Wells.
by Trent Shadid Published: April 17, 2014
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Longtime Oklahoma high school wrestling coach Virgil Milliron, 81, died Thursday morning in Oklahoma City.

Milliron had spent the past few days at Deaconess Hospital after suffering a stroke and developing pneumonia.

Milliron coached state championship teams in 1963 and ’64 at John Marshall, in 1966 and ’67 at U.S. Grant and in 1979 at Midwest City.

While at John Marshall, Milliron coached two future Olympians in Wayne Baughman and Wayne Wells.

Both Baughman and Wells also won national championships at the University of Oklahoma and have credited Milliron for setting them on the path to wrestling success.

“The things that Coach Milliron taught me both on the mat and off the mat have stayed with me the rest of my life,” Wells said. “He taught me to expect to win, how to win, and to be disappointed if I didn’t. He expected and demanded great things from everyone, and he made you demand great things from yourself. He had as big of an impact on me as any person in my life besides my parents.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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