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IOWA CITY, Iowa — A retirement celebration for Dan Gable will be held June 4 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The affair will be called “Gable’s Gold: A Celebration of Dan Gable’s Legacy”. The Hall of Fame coach will be honored with a reception and banquet that is open to the public.
Tickets for the reception and sit-down dinner are $50 per person, or $500 for a table of 10, and available through the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased at hawkeyesports.com, over the phone at (319) 335-9323 or (800) IA-HAWKS, or in person at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena West entrance. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To order online, go to hawkeyesports.com and scroll over the tickets option and select “Buy Tickets” from the available options. On the next page you will want to select the group “Gable’s Gold: A Celebration of Dan Gable’s Legacy”. On the next page you will be able to enter in your ticket quantity and any special requests. Tickets are limited and must be purchased before May 27.
The reception is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and a special program scheduled to follow. Featured speakers include former college and Olympic teammate Ben Peterson; former UI Director of Athletics Bump Elliott; Hawkeye head wrestling coach Tom Brands; former Hawkeye wrestlers Mike DeAnna and Terry Brands; Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson; and UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.
Gable is considered, by most, to be the best collegiate wrestling coach in history. He was Iowa’s head coach for 21 years and compiled a 355-21-5 record that included 15 national and 21 Big Ten team titles.