Warren “Barney” Boring, the coach of Long Beach State's first wrestling team, died Jan. 11 at his home in Rossmoor. He was 87.
Boring coached the now-disbanded 49ers wrestling team from 1957-65 and continued as a member of the faculty until his retirement in 1988. He led the 1961 team to victories over Stanford, UCLA, San Francisco State, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona. Boring also coached Dale Deffner, the first Long Beach State wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Boring was inducted into the 49er Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. He was also a founding member of the Southern California Wrestling Association and served as the organization’s president for 10 years.
After enrolling at Kansas State in 1939, Boring served in World War II and received three Purple Hearts. He returned to K-State after the war and earned his bachelor’s degree, while also serving as captain of the wrestling team in 1946-47. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Colorado.
Boring began his coaching career at St. Francis High in Kansas, where his team won three state titles between 1947 and 1953. He then moved to Indiana University, where he was on the coaching staff and eventually earned his doctorate in 1956.
Boring is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Anne, five children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. There will be a service held for Boring on Friday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.