RIP Joe Henson
Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:28 PM
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:03 AM
His son said in 1937 or 1938 Ed Gallagher took Oklahoma A & M in an old bus back east to wrestle Penn State, Navy, Lehigh, and Syracuse in dual meets, which they won easily. Ray Swartz (if my memory is correct) was the head coach at Navy, he found out that Stanley Henson wanted to become a doctor. So he helped Stanley get admitted to medical school in a university near the Naval Academy, and hired him to be the assistant coach at Navy. Then he helped get Joe Henson an appointment to the Naval Academy.
As a plebe you walked down the hallway and upper classmen would call you to attention, you had to state your name and where you were from. OSU had beaten Navy something like 38-3 and these upperclassmen remembered that. When he said Oklahoma, they asked do you wrestle? When he said yes, they said welcome aboard!
I had the privilege of viisting with him at 2 or 3 different Hall of Fame luncheons and a Hall of Fame induction banquet. Definitely an unforgettable person and true gentleman.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:46 AM
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