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Iowa to celebrate Dan Gable Day

Governor to declare Oct. 25 day for former Hawkeye coach

Former Hawkeye Wrestling Coach and wrestling legend Dan Gable strikes the same stalling call pose as depicted in a seven foot tall bronze statue of himself Wednesday, April 18, 2012 outside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Gable won fifteen NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten titles in 21 years as the Head Coach at Iowa. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)
Former Hawkeye Wrestling Coach and wrestling legend Dan Gable strikes the same stalling call pose as depicted in a seven foot tall bronze statue of himself Wednesday, April 18, 2012 outside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Gable won fifteen NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten titles in 21 years as the Head Coach at Iowa. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced Wednesday that Iowa governor Terry Branstad will declare Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Dan Gable Day across the entire state. A special presentation will be made at the NWHFDGM in Waterloo, where Gable was a three-time state champion at Waterloo West.

“Dan Gable embodies commitment, perseverance, and dedication—values that are the foundation of the great state of Iowa and its people,” said Branstad in a news release. “I am honored be part of this historic event.”

Almost everyone knows Gable's resume, including two-time NCAA champion and three-time national finalist at Iowa State and the 1972 Olympic gold medalist at Munich, Germany. His Olympic title was highlighted by the fact he didn't allow a single point in competition.

Gable coached the University of Iowa from 1977-1997, guiding the Hawkeyes to 15 NCAA team titles and 21 Big Ten championships. Gable was honored in April with a bronze statue outside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Below is a news release from NWHFDGM:

Dan Gable Day to be declared by governor

WATERLOO—Iowa’s greatest sports figure and Iowa’s longest serving governor will be the focal point of a special presentation in Waterloo. Iowa governor Terry Branstad will declare October 25, 2012, as Dan Gable Day statewide with a special proclamation to be read at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

Gable was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on October 25, 1948. He turns 64 on the day of the presentation.

“Dan Gable embodies commitment, perseverance, and dedication—values that are the foundation of the great state of Iowa and its people,” said Branstad. “I am honored be part of this historic event.”

Gable won three individual state wrestling titles at West Waterloo (1964-1966) and compiled a 64-0 career high school record. He went on to win two individual NCAA titles at Iowa State University with a career college record of 117-1. Gable won an Olympic gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics without surrendering a point.

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Gable went on to lead the University of Iowa to 15 NCAA championships and 21 consecutive Big 10 titles in 21 seasons (1977-1997) during his tenure as head wrestling coach. In 2000, Sports Illustrated named him the top sports in the state. There are three statues throughout the state dedicated to Dan Gable’s legacy.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a reception at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. A short program will begin at 10 a.m. with comments from Governor Branstad and Dan Gable. The proclamation declaring October 25, 2012, as Dan Gable Day will be read aloud by Governor Branstad.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is located at 303 Jefferson St. in Waterloo. Contact the museum at (319)233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org with questions about the event. This event is free and open to the public.

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