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    Blubaugh Tribute

    Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler. NCAA mat champ. Long-time wrestling coach and clinician. Doug Blubaugh was all these things ... and much more. Sadly, the legendary wrestler/coach/goodwill ambassador for the sport was killed in a motorcycle accident last month at age 76. However, Blubaugh's spirit lives on. In an InterMat Rewind tribute, Mark Palmer shares memories gathered from some of the people who who knew Doug Blubaugh best: his friends.

    InterMat - InterMat Rewind: Tribute to Doug Blubaugh

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    What a wonderful article ! Yet , as well written as it was , IMO , without ever meeting Doug Blubaugh , you can never capture his true essence. Coach would rip your arm off on the mat then pick you up and carry you running to the hospital. without a doubt the single biggest influence in my life .
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    What a wonderful article ! Yet , as well written as it was , IMO , without ever meeting Doug Blubaugh , you can never capture his true essence. Coach would rip your arm off on the mat then pick you up and carry you running to the hospital. without a doubt the single biggest influence in my life .
    I look forward to reading YOUR tribute, then

    Mark

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    Mark,
    i meant NO offense and apologize if it seemed that way.I wrote several things on another forum , nothing as articulate as yours. I simply meant coach Blubaugh was so unique a man and wrestler that he seemingly defies words .
    Big Rod Chamberlain first told me of Coachs' passing on facebook and neither of us had the words to describe what he had meant to us .
    So, PLEASE, accept my apology for the misunderstanding.
    Respectfully,R.H. Payton
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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