Saturday, August 1, 2020

Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = Oberlin

Oberlin's claim to fame is being the only college in Ohio to ever beat Ohio State in football but that was long ago.  In more recent times, the Yeomen football team has been known for something else. Losing.  From 1992-1996 they lost forty games in a row. Then from 1997-2001 they lost forty-four games in a row.  They won a Northern Atlantic Athletic Conference title in baseball in 2015.  

When the Yeomen had a wrestling team they won three Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) titles in a row between 1956 & 1958.  

Jim Friedrich

Friedrich came to Oberlin from Stillwater, Oklahoma.  During his freshman season of 1975 he won a OAC title & finished in fifth place at the NCAA Division III championships.  In 1976 & 1977 he took runner-up honors at the OAC. In 1978 he was out most of the season with various injuries but still wrestled in the OAC taking fourth.  He graduated with a 3.78 GPA. 

While teaching Psychology courses, Friedrich found assistant coaching positions at both Gettysburg & Pacific-Lutheran. 

Hank Danaceau

Danaceau was a standout on both the mat & on the track.  As a wrestler he went 34-1 capturing OAC titles in 1957, 1958 & 1959.  In track, he also won OAC titles. 

Post his collegiate career, Danaceau became an Orthopedic Surgeon at Georgetown Arlington Hospital. 

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