Mar 3, 2019
When you think of the greatest athletes and coaches of all time names like Jordan, Gretzky, Belichick and Lombardi come to mind. But a name not as well known but should be is Dan Gable. Dan Gable is often considered the great amateur wrestler in American history. During his prep and college careers, Gable compiled an unbelievable record of 182-1. He was undefeated in 64 prep matches, and was 118-1 at Iowa State. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable was a three-time all-American and three-time Big Eight champion.
Dan Gable's career accomplishments are etched in wrestling lore, from his 1972 unscored-on Olympic gold-medal performance on the mat to his record-setting 15 NCAA titles as wrestling coach (a mark unequaled in wrestling history). He became one of the few dominant athletes in a sport who was equally dominant as a coach, producing 152 All-Americans and 45 NCAA champions at the University of Iowa. He also coached the 1980, 1984, and 2000 U.S. Olympic wrestling squads.
In 1996, Gable was named one of the 100 Golden Olympians, an honor bestowed to the top 100 U.S. Olympians of all time. Some of his most recent accolades include being named the top wrestler of the 20th century by Gannett News Service, listed as one of the top coaches in the 20th century by ESPN, and heralded as Sports Figure of the Century in Iowa by Sports Illustrated. During the 2012 Olympics, Gable was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame Legends of the Sport, making him only the third person in the world to receive this honor.
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