Dan Gable

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Dan Gable

Birth-----The wrestling legend, Dan Gable, was born on October 25, 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa.Childhood-----He didn’t devote himself to wrestling with his trademark single-minded ferocity until he was 16, when his older sister was raped and murdered in the family’s living room.-----After that incident, he told an interviewer, he became “a horse with blinders as far as wrestling was concerned” because he wanted to give his parents something positive.Adulthood-----Gable became the head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa in 1976.-----His team won 15 NCAA titles in 21 seasons, including a record nine in a row–the most in any sport–from 1978 to 1986.-----The Hawkeyes were the Big Ten champs for every one of those 21 seasons, and were undefeated seven times.-----Gable coached 152 All-Americans, 45 national champions, 106 Big Ten champions and 10 Olympians (they won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze)



----In Iowa, it is common to hear the expression that “Michael Jordan is the Dan Gable of basketball.”----3x Iowa High School State Champion----3x Big Eight Champion Iowa State University----3x All-American----182-1 Combined prep and college record----6x Midlands Champion----3x USA Freestyle National Champion----1971 World Champion----Outstanding Wrestler at Tbilisi Tournament----1972 Olympic Gold Medalist----Did not surrender a point in Munich Games----Top 100 Olympians of all time----Wrestler of the Century by Gannett Co.----Known as the greatest freestyle wrestler ever.----The Soviet wrestling team promised that they would scour the Eastern bloc to find a wrestler who could take down Dan Gable.----They were unsuccessful and he won all six of his Olympic matches easily, and pinned three of his opponents.----Won the 1972 Olympic gold medal without a single point scored against him in 6 matches.----Head coach at the University of Iowa where his wrestling team won 16 NCAA team titles from 1976 to 1997.



-----He went to Waterloo High School.His high school wrestling record was 64-0 with 25 pins. -----He went to Iowa State University to wrestle after graduating from high school.-----His college record was 117-1 and his only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year.-----He became the head coach for the University of Iowa wrestling team.-----He is still the wrestling coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes today.

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