John Strickland

John Strickland devoted 50 years as a teacher, coach and official for students in Ada, Bray-Doyle and Duncan schools.

He coached both junior high and high school teams in Ada and Duncan, recording a 147-38 dual record in 14 years at the junior high level and 217-46 in 18 high school seasons.

He coached two state high school runner-up teams, one dual state runner-up team, five regional champion teams and five regional runners-up and six district championships.

Individually he had eight state champions, nine state runners-up, two Outstanding Wrestler award winners and two high school All-Americans.

He officiated for the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association for 32 years, serving five regional tournaments and one state championship.

He was inducted into the Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.


Lifetime Service to Wrestling

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