J.W. Cole, one of a long line of players from Hollis High School who helped build the OU football dynasty, died Saturday in Ardmore. He was 86.
Cole was a lineman who played on OU’s 1950 national championship team. Other Sooner standouts of that era from Hollis were Darrell Royal, Leon Heath and Leon Manley.
Cole served in the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He then went into coaching and administration, including stints at Southwestern State and Northwestern State.
COWBOYS THROTTLE AMERICAN
Oklahoma State chalked up four falls and a major decision on Sunday afternoon to rout American 43-6 in wrestling before 1,805 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The No. 6-ranked Cowboys closed their home dual season with pins from Josh Kindig at 149 pounds, Tyler Caldwell (165), Chris Perry (174) and Blake Rosholt (197). Nolan Boyd won by major decision at 184.
NEO WINS NATIONAL TITLE
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M capped its first wrestling season in 20 years by winning the National Junior College Athletics Association championship.
NEO last had a wrestling team from 1975-93, but it was re-started this season under coach Joe Renfro. He guided the Golden Norse to nationals, where it won the team title by 20 points over Northwest (Wyo.).
Renfro, who won two titles at Labette (Kan.), is the second coach in juco history to lead two program to national championships. Late Saturday in Spokane, Wash., Payne Hatter was the only individual champion for NEO, winning the 174-pound division.
But Josh Walker (125), Michael Williams (141) and Zack Dobbins (149) picked up big team points by finishing second in respective weight classes.
GONZAGA SACKS SOONERS
Gonzaga twice came back from deficits to beat Oklahoma 6-4 on Sunday on the final day of the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The Bulldogs (3-8) scored three runs in the sixth inning and three more in the eighth off pitchers Jake Elliott and Ralph Garza Jr.
Taylor Alspaugh had three hits for OU (7-4), which next plays 6 p.m. Tuesday against Abilene Christian (Texas) at Mitchell Park in Norman.
Oklahoma State’s game vs. Arizona State at the Sanderson Classic was in a rain delay at press time.