Hawkeyes To Hold Coaches Clinic

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Sept. 26, 2006


The University of Iowa wrestling program will hold its annual coaches clinic November 3-4 at the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Registration will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, November 3 outside the wrestling room. The clinic fee will be $45 per coach. The clinic will run from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. The Hawkeyes will hold team wrestle-offs Saturday morning in the practice room. The first 100 coaches to register will receive a free ticket to the Iowa vs. Northwestern football game on November 4.

Clinic speakers will be current Hawkeye assistant coach and former head coach Dan Gable and former Hawkeye wrestler Daryl Weber, who is now the head wrestling coach at Christiansburg High School in Christiansburg, VA.

Iowa’s winningest wrestling coach, Gable led the Hawkeyes from 1977 to 1997, compiling a career dual record of 355-21-5, crowning 152 all-Americans, 45 NCAA champions, 106 Big Ten champions and 10 Olympians. Under Gable the Hawkeyes won 15 NCAA titles, including nine straight from 1978-86, and 21 straight Big Ten titles. The nine straight NCAA titles equaled the longest streak of national titles won by any school in any sport (Yale golf-1905-13 and Southern Cal track-1935-43). Gable’s Hawkeye squads averaged over 17 wins and just one loss per year. As a competitor, Gable won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics. During his prep and college careers, he compiled a record of 182-1.

Weber was a three-time all-American at Iowa, winning the 167-pound Big Ten and NCAA titles in 1996. In his seventh year at Christiansburg High School, Weber has led the Blue Demons to five state titles and has crowned 32 individual state champions. Christiansburg ended the 2005-06 season ranked sixth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, and is currently ranked fourth in the 2006-07 pre-season rankings.