OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State basketball star Bryant "Big Country" Reeves and Cowboy wrestling great Doug Blubaugh will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night at the Riverwind Showplace Theatre.
Blubaugh won the 1960 Olympic gold medal at 160.5 pounds, as well as recognition as the outstanding wrestler in the world. Collegiately, Blubaugh won an NCAA individual title and three All-America honors for Oklahoma State in 1957, and National AAU Freestyle titles in 1957 and 1959.
A year before his Olympic run, he won a gold medal in the 1959 Pan-American Games in Chicago, matching the 1955 achievement of his brother, Jack. They were the first brothers to capture Pan-Am titles.
From a competitive career totaling more than 400 victories against just 17 defeats, Blubaugh turned to coaching. After seven years as an assistant at Michigan State, during which he was Freestyle coach of United States teams in the 1971 Pan-American Games and World Championships, he spent a decade as head coach at Indiana University.
Blubaugh was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1979.
Bryant "Big Country" Reeves
Reeves ranks as one of the most iconic figures in Oklahoma State history after helping lead the Cowboys to the 1995 Final Four with the highest scoring season ever by an OSU player (797 points). He is second among all Cowboys in career scoring (2,367) and rebounds (1,152), and was a three-time All-American.
But it was his small-town charm and on-court development that captured the hearts of OSU fans. Reeves averaged 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a freshman, but blossomed into a household name with averages of 21.5 points and 9.5 boards as a senior.
Reeves continued to add to his already impressive resume after leaving OSU, as he was selected by the National Basketball Association's Vancouver Grizzlies with the sixth pick in the first round. He played six season with the organizations and finished his NBA career with an average of 12.5 point and 6.9 rebounds per game.