No venue in America has a richer wrestling tradition than Gallagher-Iba Arena, home of Oklahoma State wrestling since 1939. In its beginning as Gallagher Hall, the gymnasium was named for Edward Clark Gallagher, the Oklahoma A&M wrestling mentor who never wrestled competitively but became the greatest coach of his time.

The 1987-88 season brought a new look and a new name to the hallowed hall. When renovations were completed in January 1988, it was renamed Gallagher-Iba Arena to honor the late Mr. Henry P. Iba, Oklahoma State’s legendary basketball coach.

Gallagher-Iba Arena took on a new look once again in 2001. On Jan. 4, 2001 the OSU wrestling team hosted Oregon in the first match in the newly renovated arena. Gallagher-Iba Arena underwent a $56 million renovation, that increased the seating capacity of Gallagher-Iba Arena to its current total of 13,611 seats.

The Pokes set a new wrestling attendance record in the first season following the renovation, packing in 10,802 for Bedlam on Feb. 18. Previously, the largest crowd was estimated at 8,300. Since wrestling began in Gallagher-Iba Arena, the Cowboys have won 25 NCAA titles and have had 40 unbeaten and untied campaigns at home. One of their longest winning streaks ran with the arena’s opening in 1939 and lasted until Feb. 16, 1951. During that period, Oklahoma State won 37 straight home duals, including no ties.

One of their longest winning streaks ran with the arena’s opening in 1939 and lasted until Feb. 16, 1951. During that period, Oklahoma State won 37 straight home duals, including no ties. From the final dual of 1959 through the first five home duals of the 1967 season, Oklahoma State wrestled 61 duals without a loss, finishing with an impressive 60-0-1 record before the streak was broken by Bedlam rival Oklahoma 19-13.

On Feb. 3, 1939, Oklahoma A&M wrestled for the first time inside the arena, defeating Indiana 18-6. On Feb. 3, 1989, the Oklahoma State Cowboys hosted the Hoosiers in a celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first Gallagher Hall dual. The Cowboys defeated the Hoosiers, 28-6, in the 1989 dual.

OSU’s latest home winning streak of 50 consecutive duals was the second-longest such streak without a loss or tie, as it began near the end of the 1986 season and lasted until Jan. 30, 1993. In only five seasons have OSU teams lost more than one home dual during the season, including the 1992-93 season when OSU finished below .500 for the first time ever in Gallagher-Iba Arena. In contrast, six Cowboy teams have won at least 10 home duals during a single season.

The Cowboys have lost more than one home dual in a season only five times in 88 years of competition.

While construction continues on the west end zone project, the Athletics Center, located in the east end zone, is the home of Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics, including the OSU basketball program. The unique facility, still in its fi rst decade of service, features modern amenities and yet remains very much an homage to one of college athletics’ most historic venues.

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