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Woodburn assistant Larry Owings boasts more than 25 years of coaching experience, famous win over Dan Gable for 1970 NCAA championship

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn assistant coach Larry Owings celebrates after senior wrestler Giovanni Bravo won the 2019 4A 138-pound state championship match. Owings has been a high school wrestling coach in Oregon for more than 25 years, with stops at Woodburn, Molalla, Oregon City and Canby.Woodburn assistant wrestling coach Larry Owings will join eight others being inducted May 4 into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame by the Oregon chapter.

A native of Canby, Owings is the assistant coach for the Woodburn High School wrestling program. Over his 25-year career, he has coached at his alma mater and both Oregon City and Molalla high schools.

Owings, one of five brothers to win an Oregon state wrestling title, started his career as a coach in Seattle. After winning "the match of the century" over previously unbeaten Dan Gable for the 1970 NCAA championship, Owings coached at a Seattle high school, as well as Clackamas Community College after his return to Oregon.

In addition to being named the Outstanding Wrestler in the NCAA meet, he won both the 1969 U.S. Wrestling Federation national senior championships and was named Outstanding Wrestler in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions.

COURTESY PHOTO - OwingsOwings will be joined in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony by Norm Berney, Salem; Danny Anson, Salem; Dean Dixon, Eugene; Rick Herrin, Salem; Trent Kroll, Hood River; Dan Williamson, Portland; and Chris Lucas, Eagle Point.

All are being recognized for their lifetime service to wrestling. Craig Woodward, Prineville business owner and philanthropist, also is being inducted with the Outstanding American award for his contributions to the sport. Woodward was a two-time wrestling All-American at Eastern Oregon University.

The Hall of Fame ceremony is being held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard, and tickets for the event are available online through TicketLeap.


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