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Iowa History Daily: March 9 - Dan Gable

Iowa History Daily: On March 9, 1968, Iowa State wrestler Dan Gable defeated David McGuire of Oklahoma to clinch the Big 8 Championship at 137 lbs. Gable, a Cyclone sophomore, was on his way to completing a perfect 32-0 season.

Gable grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and starred at Waterloo West with a career record of 64-0 before heading for Ames. Later in the spring of 1968, Gable would capture his first of two national championships during his 117-1 career with the Cyclones.

Following college, Gable went on to success as a World Champion in 197, and as an Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1972 Munich games. Following his retirement from the circle, Gable went on to become the most iconic coach in the history of the sport at the University of Iowa.

During his time with the Hawkeyes, Gable amassed a stunning 15 NCAA team wrestling titles, while also coaching 152 All-Americans and 45 individual national champions. Coaching at Iowa from 1976 to 1997, Gable’s teams compiled a dual record of 355-21-5. #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryCalendar


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