Wayne Baughman became a wrestler by accident

A fight on the basketball court pushed the former OU standout and Olympian to the mat. He will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.
By Trent Shadid Modified: July 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm •  Published: July 31, 2013
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photo - Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci and Olympic wrestler and wrestling coach Wayne Baughman are two of the seven persons included in the 2013 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class.  Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb announced the names of the inductees during a luncheon at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.     Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci and Olympic wrestler and wrestling coach Wayne Baughman are two of the seven persons included in the 2013 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb announced the names of the inductees during a luncheon at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Wayne Baughman is more than one of the most accomplished athletes in wrestling history.

Baughman has been a consummate representative of wrestling as a competitor, coach, and administrator since he took up the sport more than 50 years ago as a sophomore at John Marshall High School.

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WAYNE BAUGHMAN

Born: Jan. 4, 1941

High School: John Marshall

College: OU 1959-1963

Coaching career: Air Force 1975-2007, USA Olympic team 1976 and 1980.

Claim to fame: Three-time All-American wrestler at OU, NCAA champion in 1962, 16-time national champion competing in freestyle, Greco-Roman, and Sambo.

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Series

The Oklahoman will profile each of the 2013 inductees into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Here is a look at the rest of the schedule:

Tuesday: OSU wrestler John Henry Ward

Wednesday: OU wrestler Wayne Baughman

Thursday: Gymnast Nadia Comaneci

Friday: OCU/NFL football player LeRoy “Ace” Gutowsky

Saturday: Basketball player/coach Bill Self Jr.

Sunday: Thunder chairman Clay Bennett

Monday: OU quarterback Jimmy Harris

Aug. 6: Coverage of the OK Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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