More images and other historic wrestling materials can be found in the following collections located in the Special Collections and University Archives Department (room 403, Parks Library):
Wrestler Dan Gable looking as though he’s ready for his next match!
This Sunday the annual Cy-Hawk wrestling series (Iowa State versus Iowa) will take place at Hilton. As all you Cyclone fans get ready for the competition, you may want to take a look at the documentary video of Iowa State wresting icon Dan Gable. Gable, Iowa State wrestler and future University of Iowa coach, is famous for having only lost one match in his collegiate career. Gable would finish at Iowa State with a record of 118-1. After graduation in 1971 Gable went on to become the 1972 Olympic gold medalist for freestyle wrestling in Munich, Germany, and did not surrender a single point in the competition.
The video profiles Dan Gable’s high school and collegiate wrestling career and includes comments by Dan Gable, his parents, and coaches. The film footage contains many of his wrestling matches including his one loss in the NCAA finals of his senior year against Washington sophomore Larry Owens. This video was produced by the Media Resources Unit at Iowa State University.
Want to learn more about Dan Gable here in the University Archives? You can check out listings of the collections we have related to wrestling here (look under RS 24/12). These collections will also document Dan Gable’s time here at Iowa State. RS 21/7/1 contains a folder on Dan Gable, and includes news clippings related to his time here at Iowa State, his Olympic victory, and as a coach at the University of Iowa. You can also search the library’s search system for Dan Gable, and then limit your search to “Available in the Library.” This listing will include resources found throughout the library, and includes those here in the Special Collections Department.
An undated image of Dan Gable from the University Photograph Collection (24/12, box 1959). Looks like he’s ready to go to class!
We wish the Cyclone wrestlers the best of luck in this weekend’s competition!