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'He fought hard': Former Ralston wrestling coach dies from COVID-19

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Beth McGrath said her husband Jim also fought to raise awareness about the pandemic, especially on social media, passing along this message: "Don't be a dips***; wear a god d*** mask."

His family said it is hard to see the strongest person they know lose a hard-fought battle to the coronavirus. "Legend, icon, larger than life" is who Jim was to the many he impacted both on and off the mat. "He just loved us more than I can even put into words," his daughter Colleen said. "He started boxing well before he ever started wrestling, and was a golden glove state champion in New York," his son Nicholas said. But on November 11, Jim faced his toughest fight when he tested positive for COVID-19. "His cough was getting bad and I was getting very concerned.

"Everybody there talked about how hard he fought. "In the 1960s, the father of four moved from New York to Nebraska, where he'd become an All-American wrestling champion at Wayne State. Jim went on to coach wrestling at Ralston High School before retiring in 2005. "I used to sit in the chair next to him when he coached high school when I was in elementary school," his son Nicholas said.

"Everybody there talked about how hard he fought. "In the 1960s, the father of four moved from New York to Nebraska, where he'd become an All-American wrestling champion at Wayne State. Jim went on to coach wrestling at Ralston High School before retiring in 2005. "I used to sit in the chair next to him when he coached high school when I was in elementary school," his son Nicholas said.

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