(Undated) Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable is to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst today confirmed they were notified by the White House that President Trump he plans to give Gable the medal, which is the highest civilian honor.
“Dan Gable demonstrates that through hard work and determination you can accomplish great things. While he’s famous for winning awards both as a wrestler and as a wrestling coach, he’s also well-known and respected for his focus on family and giving back to his community and state. Congratulations on receiving this prestigious and well-deserved award," said Grassley.
“Dan Gable is an iconic wrestler from my alma mater, Iowa State, a successful Hawkeye wrestling coach, and a USA Wrestling, National Wresting, and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee. For all of this, and much more, Mr. Gable is so deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Congratulations to Dan on receiving the highest honor for any civilian; keep making Iowa proud!” Ernst said.
Gable is one of the most well-known wrestlers of all time. He had a historic career with a 181-1 high school and collegiate record at Iowa State University. He then went on to win the 1972 Olympic Gold Medal without giving up a single point. Following his time as a wrestler, he went on to coach at the University of Iowa where he developed 152 All-Americans, 45 National Champions, 106 Big Ten Champions and 12 Olympians.
(Photo from KCRG-TV 9)