Wrestling for Gable: The Overview



I wrestled at Iowa from the fall of 1987 to the spring of 1991. My goal was to place at US senior freestyle nationals or die trying. Preferably the former.

I kept a journal during those 4 years, and this website is a collection of those journal entries.

I competed for The Hawkeye Wrestling Club, the freestyle offshoot of Iowa's NCAA team; at that time there were no NCAA rules requiring separation of freestyle and collegiate practices, so everyone trained together.

My daily workout partners were a Who's Who of the best lightweights in the country: Barry Davis, Brad Penrith, Tom and Terry Brands, Steve "Rat" Martin, Chad Zaputil, Jack Griffin.

Dan Gable was the head coach, leader of practices, and chief inspiration.

Wrestling at Iowa taught me to set higher standards for myself, push through barriers, learn from setbacks, and never give up.

I was fortunate to achieve my goals. I beat an Olympian, a Jr. World Champ, and several All-Americans. I also lost an awful lot of matches because I was out-slicked, out-smarted, or--the most humiliating of all--out-hustled. I was a lot more humble when I left than when I arrived.

Click on a chapter on the right to get started.

29 comments:

  1. Fat Wrestlers WILL Dominate.

    There is no defense for fat. The best pro wrestlers have always been fat!

    ReplyDelete
  2. http://www.wwe-wrestle.com/2016/07/wwe-fake-or-real.html

    ReplyDelete
  3. Interesting blog all information are very important for me about the 50 AMAZING facts of the WWE and i really need it thank you.
    50 AMAZING facts of the WWE

    ReplyDelete
  4. I like your all providing information about the WWE Wrestling and it's so interesting.
    30 WWE Wrestlers Who Died

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very informative article which is about the WWE Leaked and i must bookmark it, keep posting interesting articles.
    WWE Leaked

    ReplyDelete
  6. Nice work and all information about the 10 Times WWE Wrestlers that's are very amazing well done.
    10 Times WWE Wrestlers

    ReplyDelete
  7. Interesting blog and very amazing detail about the WWE Secrets well done keep it up.
    WWE Secrets

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your Post is very useful, I am truly to this blog which is specially design about the wwe wrestlers corpsing on tv and It helped me with ocean of awareness so I really appreciate your blog.
    wwe wrestlers corpsing on tv

    ReplyDelete
  9. Super blog and your presenting style about the WWF wrestlers that's are very appreciated good work.
    80's WWF wrestlers Where Are They Now

    ReplyDelete
  10. Very informative article which is about the WWF wrestlers and i must bookmark it, keep posting interesting articles.
    90's WWF wrestlers Where Are They Now

    ReplyDelete
  11. I get many information about the WWE Wrestlers and i appreciate your work.
    WWE Wrestlers Released in 2007

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very interesting and informative blog and about the Wrestlemania 34 and I must appreciate your work well done keep it up.
    Wrestlemania 34 predicitions

    ReplyDelete
  13. Interesting blog all information are very important for me about the WWE Changed i really need it thank you.
    10 Times WWE Changed his Mind

    ReplyDelete
  14. Super and amazing all the information about thw WCW and WWF well done.
    WCW Ripped Off Entrance Themes

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi I really appreciate your all efforts which is specially for the 2016 Wrestlers well done..
    2016 Wrestlers Where Are They Now

    ReplyDelete
  16. Post is very informative,It helped me with great information so I really believe you will do much better in the future.
    Triple H Replaces Jason Jordon

    ReplyDelete
  17. You made some good quality points there. I did a search on the topic and found many people will agree with your blog.
    WWE Wrestlers Who are Likely to Quit

    ReplyDelete
  18. Really very interesting and very valuable information about the Wrestlelamia nice work.
    Wrestlelamia

    ReplyDelete
  19. This discussion unexpectedly takes my attention to join inside. Well, after I read all of them, it gives me new idea for my blog. thanks
    wrestlelamia

    ReplyDelete
  20. It's really a nice and helpful piece of information. I'm glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this.
    wrestlers where are they now

    ReplyDelete
  21. This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article.

    Worst of Russo WWE

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really enjoy after read you blog and all information about the wwe wrestling are very informative.
    Worst Booked WWE Wrestlers Of 2017

    ReplyDelete
  23. A very Valuable information in your blog and I really appreciate your work and keep it up dude I really very informative blog about the wrestlers keep it up.
    wrestlers who need to retire

    ReplyDelete
  24. Your blog all information are very interesting and so interesting information about the wwe wrestling just keep it up.
    Royal Rumble 2018

    ReplyDelete
  25. All your info about the WWE wrestling are very helpful and interesting well done.
    WWE Banned

    ReplyDelete
  26. Your all Post is very useful, I am truly to this blog which is specially design about the Wrestlemania It helped me with ocean of awareness so I really appreciate your blog.
    Wrestlemania 34 Rumored matches

    ReplyDelete
  27. Valuable information in your blog and I really appreciate your work and keep it up dude I really very informative blog about the end career of the wwe wrestlers well done.
    How Will The WWE End

    ReplyDelete
  28. I search many blog about the Weirdest Unlockables but did not get many specific detail about the this topic but your blog have allot of information about my topic which I always searching.
    Weirdest Unlockables in A Video Game

    ReplyDelete