Winfield wrestling great Myron Roderick, who won three NCAA championships at Oklahoma State before becoming the Cowboys' successful coach and athletic director, died Wednesday. He was 77.
Roderick won state championships in 1951 and 1952 at Winfield, then was a three-time national champion for OSU.
After finishing fourth in the 1956 Olympics, Roderick became the Cowboys' coach and led the program to seven NCAA championships, including his first at age 23.
His wrestlers won 20 NCAA individual championships and four Olympic gold medals.
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After coaching, Roderick became the first executive director of the U.S. Wrestling Federation and was an integral part of the formation of the National Wrestling Museum in Stillwater. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1976, then was OSU athletic director from 1983-90.
This summer, The Eagle ranked Roderick No. 26 on its list of Kansas' 150 greatest athletes.