I looked a litle more and Mocco was returning Hodge winner (not OW) when he lost to Conrad
Gable won the Midlands as a frosh....when the Midlands was much tougher. He beat a much older NCAA champ to do it. IF he had been able to wrestle as a Frosh, he would have probably met David McQuire in the finals of both the Big 8 and NCAAs. He beat McGuire in both tourneys his soph year. Mcguire was a 2 time NCAA Champ and 2 time Big 8 champ losing only to Gable.
Face it, Gable was upset by Owings. Owings did not win the NCAAs his next 2 years. I am a contemporary of him as well. The question was not whether he was going to win, but how he was going to pin the other guy........take him down to his back or beat the hell out of the other guy on the mat and double bar arm him. I put Cael ahead of him, but no one since. Before him, Koll and Hodge and no one else for dominance. Koll was so mean, that the NCAA changed the rules to eliminate one of his favorite moves.
The Art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Dake 4-3 no RT