Dan Gable
Dan Gable
By Jake Davis

Dan Gable was a great wrestler. In his whole career he was 182-1. He was 118-1 at Iowa State. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. He was a three-time all-American and three-time Big Eight champion! He set many NCAA records in winning and pin steaks. He also won an unprecedented six Midlands Open Championships an was that meet’s outstanding wrestler five times!

Dan Gable went to the Olympics one time. Then in 1972, in Munich, Germany, he won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics without surrendering a point to any of his opponents. The Soviets came to the Olympics with one goal in mind: to defeat Gable. They were unsuccessful. In Dan’s final 21 Olympic qualification and Olympic matches, he scored 12 falls and outscored his nine other opponents, 130-1. The single point being scored by Larry Owings, who defeated Dan Gable in his final college match.

Later in his carer Dan Gable joined the Iowa coaching staff in 1972, assisting head coach and Hall-of-Famer Gary Kurdelmeler until taking over the program in 1976. As the University of Iowa’s all-time winningest wrestling coach from 1977 to 1997, Gable complied a career record of 355-21-5, all at Iowa. He coached 152 All-Americans, 45 National Champions, 106 Big Ten Champions, and 12 Olympians, included four gold, one silver, and three bronze medalists. The Hawkeyes won 25 consecutive Big Ten champions, 21 under Gable.

Dan Gable has coached many United States teams in international freestyle competition. He is a three-time Olympic head coach. The 1984 Olympic team, which featured four Hawkeyes, won seven gold medals! Dan Gable also coached the U.S. team to a bronze medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games, and has led several all-star teams to Europe and the Soviet Union.
He was named to the U.S.A. Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980, and to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985. He was selected the nation’s outstanding wrestler By the AUU in 1970, and the U.S. Wrestling Federation in 1971. Gable was the Amateur Wrestling News Man of the year in 1970. He is a great wrestler.


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