A Season on the Mat

A Season on the Mat

Dan Gable and the Pursuit of Perfection

Book - 1998
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At the University of Iowa Hospitals, a strikingdisplay case once held the cast-bronze hands of several prominent artists, writers, and physicians affiliated with the university. One pair of hands--reaching up and out, as if to seize their observer--belonged to Danny Mack Gable, the greatest figure in the history of American wrestling. Gable's place in the university's pantheon was earned through his remarkable coaching career; for the past twenty-one years, Dan Gable's Iowa Hawkeyes have dominated wrestling to an extent rarely seen in any sport. In "A Season on the Mat," award-winning reporter Nolan Zavoral explores Iowa's storied wrestling program and Gable's record of excellence in an unprecedented, intimate look at the man and his methods.

Gable grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and quickly became a wrestling legend in a place where there was no higher aspiration. He charged through his high school years unbeaten--64-0--and then won 117 straight matches at Iowa State University before losing, in a shocking upset, in the NCAA finals of his senior year. Gable used the memory of that defeat as a spur to greater glory in the 1972 Olympics,

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1998
ISBN: 9780684847870
Call Number: B G113z
Characteristics: 288 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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