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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa will unveil a bronze statue of former University of Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable outside the main entrance to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. The program will be followed by a reception in the Feller Club Room in the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion.
The unveiling will take place three days prior to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The event is free and open to the public.
“Coach Gable stands in a class on his own in terms of the contributions he’s made to the University of Iowa and the sport of wrestling,” said University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “Fifteen NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten titles in 21 years is a remarkable feat, but his progressive contributions go well beyond the numbers. He produced the sport’s greatest wrestling environment inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena; and we believe this statue is a fitting and well deserved tribute that honors his legacy.”
The seven-foot statue is being sculpted by Larry Nowlan — the same artist commissioned by the UI to create the Nile Kinnick statue in the Krause Family Plaza, the bronze Nile Kinnick display located in Kinnick Stadium’s south concourse, and the butterfly stroke bronze relief inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
The sculpture will have the same look – finish/color – as the Nile Kinnick statue and will reflect an iconic image of Gable coaching the Hawkeyes.
As the University of Iowa’s all-time winningest wrestling coach, Gable compiled a career record of 355-21-5 from 1976-1997. He coached 152 All-Americans, 106 Big Ten Champions, 45 national champions, and 10 Olympians — including four gold, one silver and three bronze medalists. As a competitor, Gable won the 1972 Olympic Gold Medal without surrendering a single point.
During his tenure, the Hawkeyes averaged more than 17 wins and just one loss per season and posted a 95-1 record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Gable retired as Iowa’s head wrestling coach in 1997. He later held the position of Assistant to the Athletic Director before retiring from that post Dec. 31, 2010. The Hawkeyes won 25 consecutive Big Ten championships from 1973-1998, 21 while Gable was a head coach and four while he was an assistant coach and administrator.
In addition to assisting with Iowa athletics, Gable aids the University in fundraising efforts to promote the sport of wrestling worldwide. He also coaches potential Olympic wrestlers in the local sports club, gives motivational and performance speeches nationwide and does color commentary for televised collegiate wrestling events.