Titans are champions: Athletics is an integral part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s history, although early athletes weren’t known as Titans. The senior women’s basketball squad, left, celebrated the 10th season of the sport on campus in 1907 by dominating in tournament play. Predating the creation of a men’s team by three years, women’s basketball, in the words of a player in 1897, resulted in “only pleasant results…such as gain of 10 pounds, loss of headache in 20 minutes, grace unequaled, athletic ability and practice in mending stockings…” At first the competition was strictly intramural, but over time, games were organized against area college and high school teams.

Lonnie Woods was a star grappler at Racine Park High School before joining the Titans wrestling squad in 1967, securing wins as a 123-pound freshman. Like his African-American teammates, Woods didn’t return the next season due to his role in the Black Thursday protests. Woods later accepted the University’s offer and returned to campus.

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JOSHUA RANGER/UW OSHKOSH ARCHIVES

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