One wonders how an individual born in Red Oak, Oklahoma ever got to Barberton, Ohio, but Kent State University was glad that Frank Mesek made the trip. A 1940 graduate of Barberton High, Mesek served in the Navy during World War II before arriving on the KSU campus in 1946. The 6-1, 210 pound offensive guard, linebacker and kicking specialist was selected first team All-Ohio Conference that freshman season as the Golden Flashes captured six of eight games. The International News Service named Mesek to its All-Ohio first team, an honor he repeated the next three campaigns in which KSU, under Coach Trevor Rees, compiled a 15-9-1 record. One of KSU all-time great linemen, Mesek, who had no peers when it came to clearing the way for the backs or coming up with "bone jarring" tackles, was inducted into the Golden Flashes' Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.