Wrestlers To Hold Open Practice

Oct. 26, 2006

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Head Coach Tom Brands and the University of Iowa wrestling team will hold an open practice Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Fans are welcome to stop by and get a sneak peak at the 2006-07 Hawkeyes.

The squad will host its annual wrestle-offs and coaches clinic in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex in Carver-Hawkeye Arena next week. Wrestle-offs will be held November 2nd at 3:30 p.m. (two matches), November 3 at 4:30 p.m. (10 matches) and November 4 at 8:30 a.m. (7 matches).

The coaches clinic will run November 3-4. Registration will be held outside the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex from 5:30-6:30 p.m. November 3, and the clinic will run from 6:30-9 p.m. that night. The clinic fee will be $45 per coach. The first 100 coaches to register will receive a free ticket to the Iowa vs. Northwestern football game on November 4. Click here to download the clinic registration form.

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.

Iowa will open the 2006-07 season November 18 at the Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha, NE.