Invite Dan Gable into your home… with a new DVD of a documentary on the life of the legendary wrestler and coach, now available for advance ordering from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, the Waterloo, Iowa-based facility announced Tuesday.
At the heart of the documentary – tilted “Iowa Icons: Dan Gable” – the former Iowa State mat champ and University of Iowa coach submits to a one-on-one interview with host Eric Braley, a host for Panther Sports Talk, commentator for Iowa Public Television and other wrestling programs, and University of Northern Iowa professor. According to the museum’s press release, “Gable discusses his life-changing moments, including the murder of his sister, to his athletic and coaching careers, and his continued efforts to promote the sport of wrestling.”
Dan Mack Gable was undefeated in his mat career at Waterloo West High School in the mid-1960s, yet suffered the loss of his only sibling, Diane, who was murdered in the Gable home when Dan and his parents were out of town. That tragedy helped fuel Gable’s intensity as a competitor as he took to the mats for Harold Nichols at Iowa State. As a Cyclone, Gable won all but one match – his very last, losing in the finals at the 1970 NCAA championships to Larry Owings of the University of Washington in what many wrestling historians consider the greatest upset in college wrestling. Gable overcame that stinging defeat to win a gold medal in freestyle at the 1972 Munich Olympics, then launched his coaching career at Iowa, where he led the Hawkeyes to 15 NCAA team titles and 21 consecutive Big Ten conference crowns from 1977-1997.
“Dan Gable used the significant losses in his life, and on the mat, to drive him be a better person and a better wrestler,” said Brad Wells, executive producer on the project. “That’s really inspiring.”
The interview for the documentary was filmed at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Gable’s hometown. A product of Braley’s Around The Corner Productions, the documentary was originally broadcast on KCRG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids. The DVD features the original 45-minute program, along with extras not shown on television.
The cost of the “Iowa Icon: Dan Gable” DVD is $20. It will be available May 15. Copies may be ordered in advance by contacting the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or email@example.com.
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