Oklahoma sports milestones: Former wrestler Joe Henson dies; Keilani Ricketts reaches 1,000 strikeouts

Each week, Oklahoma Sports Milestones will recognize athletes, coaches, support staff, fans — the people it takes to produce the game-day experience.
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, smunn@opubco.com Published: April 9, 2012
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Each week, Oklahoma Sports Milestones will recognize athletes, coaches, support staff, fans — the people it takes to produce the game-day experience.

*DIED: At age 90, Joe Henson, a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Bristow native was U.S. Navy pilot from 1941 through 1969 while also wrestling for the Midshipmen. Henson was a bronze medalist in freestyle during the 1952 Olympics. He then held positions as a referee, judge and jury member during Olympic Games in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968. Henson served as Amateur Athletic Union president from 1980-84.

*CONSIDERED: One of the top catchers in the upcoming Amateur Baseball Draft by minorleagueball.com, Oklahoma City University junior Dane Phillips. The website says the Oklahoma State transfer is “somewhat raw with the glove but has the tools and power bat (that) could get him in the third round.” Phillips is batting .417 with 11 homers, 16 walks and 17 doubles.

*FOURTH: Pitcher in Big 12 softball history to record at least 1,000 career strikeouts, Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts. The junior left-hander recently reached the milestone, joining Texas legend and U.S. Olympian Cat Osterman (2,265), Amanda Renfro of Texas Tech (1,226) and Lauren Bay of Oklahoma State (1,151). Ricketts currently has 1,010 strikeouts.

*AVID: Sports fan Cora Hopcus was a Harrah native who spent the last 10 years living near her children in either Washington state or California; Hopcus was a resident of Yorba Linda, Calif., at the time of her death. The 93-year-old died April 2, less than a week before she was supposed to attend her first ever big-league baseball game. Hopcus and her family were scheduled to see Sunday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels.

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