Who is Dan Gable?

Dan Gable who is known as one of the best wrestlers of all time is a former freestyle wrestler from the United States of America. He is an Olympic gold medalist and won the NCAA Division I two times. He was the third wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of World Wrestling’s Legend section. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 8th December of 2020. 

Quick Info
Full NameDanny Mack Gable
Date of BirthOctober 25, 1948
Birth PlaceWaterloo, Iowa
Age72 years
Height5 ft 9 in
Parent(s)Mike Gable and Kate Gable
OccupationFormer Freestyle Wrestler and Coach
Spouse(s)Kathy Gable
Children(s)Mackenzie McCord
Jenni Mitchell
Molly Olszta
Annie Gavin
Net worthUS $5 million


How was the Dan Gable childhood?

Dan Gable’s real name is Danny Mack Gable. He was born to his parents Mike and Kate Gable on the day of 25th October of 1948 in Waterloo which is located in Iowa, USA. He became interested in wrestling ever since he was a child. His elder sister was murdered by their neighbor when she was 19 years old. His sister was sexually assaulted by the neighbor before she was murdered.

During this time, Dan was 15 years old. It was one of the biggest losses of his life for him but he didn’t let it halt his wrestling practices. He trained even harder with even more vigor. He completed his bachelor level education at Iowa State University. During this time, he competed in folkstyle wrestling. 

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How did Dan Gable started his career?

While studying at Iowa State University, he participated in folkstyle wrestling. He won the NCAA Division I championship two times and was the rubber up once. He ended his college record with a record of 117-1. He played there from 1967 to 1970. Dan Gable participated in international freestyle wrestling from 1971 to 1973. In the 1972 Summer Olympics, he won the gold medal in the men’s 68 kg freestyle wrestling category. In 1971, he won gold in the same category in the World Wrestling Championships which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the 1971 Pan American Games, he won the men’s wrestling competition in the 68 kg category.

While representing Iowa State Cyclones at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, he won the Gold in 1968 in Pennsylvania and the Gold in 1969 in Utah. He was 130lbs and 137 lbs in 1968 and 1969 respectively. He acquired the silver medal in 1970 in Illinois and he weighed 142 lbs. In the 1972 Olympics, he was able to win all 6 matches without letting the opponent acquire even a single point.

In the matches held on August 27 of 1972 at the Summer Olympics held in Munich, he defeated Ruslan Ashuraliyev and scored 3-0, Włodzimierz Cieślak and scored a fall, Kikuo Wada and scored 6-0, Stefanos Ioannidis and scored a fall, Klaus Rost 20-0 and Safer Sali scoring a fall. In the 1971 World Wrestling Championship, he scored 8 when defeating Ismail Yuseinov, a fall after defeating Kikuo Wada, another fall against Josef Engel, two other falls against Nihat Kabanali and Eero Suvilehto, and 1 against Vasily Kazakov.

Dan Gable was the head coach of wrestling at the University of Iowa from 1976 to 1997. His team had a dual meet record of 355-21-5. Throughout his coaching career, he coached forty-five national champions, one hundred and fifty-two All-Americans, and 12 Olympics participants out of which 8 won medals. During his head coaching career, he won twenty-one Big Ten Conference along with fifteen NCAA Division I titles. His team averaged 17 wins and a loss per season. In his college and preparation period, he accumulated an astonishing record of 181-1. He was undefeated for 64 marches straight in the preps. 

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 Who is the wife of Dan Gable?

Dan Gable and Kathy Gable got married in 1974. Together, they have four children, namely, Jenni, Annie, Molly, and Mackenzie. His daughters are all married and have their own children. Dan is old and retired now and enjoys his time with his family. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the current US President Donald Trump for his achievement in wrestling and his contribution to the nation. 


Height, Weight, and Age

Dan Gable stands 5 feet and 9 inches (1.75 meters) tall and weighs approximately 68 kg. As of December 2020, he is 72 years old. 

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Is Dan Gable on social media?

Dan Gable is active on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. He has 25k followers on Twitter and 65k followers on Facebook. 


How much is Dan Gable net worth?

Dan Gable’s net worth is estimated to be around US$ 5 million as of December 2020. He made most of his fortune from being a professional wrestler and coach.