Dan Gable

1670 WordsFeb 21, 20137 Pages
Jason Tsirtsis 1/21/13 Astronomy 110-6 Dan Gable: Legend On The Mat & In The Coach’s Chair Dan Gable is titled by many as the most legendary amateur American wrestler and coach in the history of amateur American wrestling. To put into retrospect of Dan’s popularity in the wresting world, Gable is the Michael Jordan of Basketball, the Pele of Soccer, and the Muhammad Ali of boxing, everyone has heard of Dan Gable. That is how legendary Dan Gable is. But what single attribute made Mr. Gable so special and unique? To pinpoint one certain accolade that made Gable a legend is almost too hard. Dan Gable had an almost normal life growing up as a boy; he began his fame by his wrestling accolades as an athlete at Iowa State University…show more content…
No one worked harder than Dan Gable. That being said, Gable’s work ethic paid huge dividends on the wrestling mat in college. During Dan Gable’s era in college wrestling, the competitor was only allowed three years of eligibility. Dan took advantage of every single match he wrestled. He compiled a record of one hundred and seventeen wins and zero losses going into his finals match of the Division 1 NCAA tournament his senior year. Racking up two NCAA titles in his previous years. He was on the verge of history, no one in the sport up to that time had even come close to what Gable accomplished thus far in his career. He wrestled a competitor named Larry Owings from the University of Washington in the NCAA finals his senior year. Dan felt the pressure of this match because of the hype and history he was able to make if he won. Dan was not himself in his final match of his collegiate career and lost thirteen to eleven against Owings. “One of the mind-boggling things for me in my profession and in my life so far has been why, how, did I ever end up losing that last match in college? I say that because I feel like there’s no way I should’ve lost that match, and it shouldn’t have happened. But then I look at what that match did to me, and I’m not so sure that I would change that either, because that match, that loss, probably drove me – even though it shouldn’t have, a win should have done it – but I don’t think
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