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On The Mat Wednesday: Legendary wrestler, coach Dan Gable

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The one and only Dan Gable, amateur wrestling champ and coach, will the one and only guest this week for the “On The Mat” show for Wed., Jan. 8, the weekly broadcast announced via email Monday.

Gable's name graces the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in his hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. As a wrestler at Waterloo West High School and at Iowa State, Gable won all but one match. In 1972, he won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle at 149.5 pounds without surrendering a point. He then moved into coaching at the University of Iowa, where he guided the Hawkeyes to 15 NCAA wrestling championships in 21 seasons (1977-1997).

Gable was recently the subject of an art exhibit at the Hall of Fame in Waterloo, with art students from nearby University of Northern Iowa creating visual images in honor of Gable.

On the Mat" is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The show can be heard live on the Internet at or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Central on AM 1650, The Fan.

E-mail with any questions or comments about the show. A podcast of the show is available on

Can't get enough of Dan the Man? For photos and info on Dan Mack Gable, visit his official website... and unofficial Fans of Dan Gable Yahoo group.

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