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    iwrite reacted to Bryan in Pittsburgh grades   
    What are everyone's thoughts about going to the following:
    Minneapolis:  being in a football stadium will you not need binoculars to view the matches?
    Detroit:  let's be honest and say that the fan experience in Detroit is less than ideal
    If I were going to go back to Oklahoma I would look at the BOK in Tulsa.  That is a good sized arena with several things not to far away. 
    The very best arena other that Madison Square Garden for the fan experience would be Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  If Nashville can host the NHL All Star Game and the 2019 NFL Draft the NCAA Wrestling Tournament would be a piece of cake.  The only issue would be things are not cheap in Nashville.
    1.  weather would be nice
    2.  bars with live music, restaurants and hotels are less than 25 yards from the hotel
    3.  convention center for the fan experience would be less than a 100 yard walk from Bridgestone Arena
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    iwrite got a reaction from russelscout in Non Wrestling Fans   
    For 35 years, I earned my living as a full-time newspaper journalist and happened to be ass't sports editor of the daily newspaper  in Iowa City when Gary Kurdelmeier took over as head coach. I sat in his tiny, cramped office the spring of 1971 when he told me his master plan for changing Iowa wrestling from crowds of 300 in an auxiliary gym on a Saturday afternoon to a BIG TIME Saturday night event. He was a rare visionary ....and he knew the No. 1 key was getting the media involved. For decades, I have tried to get the leaders of various wrestling groups to listen but have had little success. I created WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the Dan Hodge Trophy, the Dan Gable Museum and have written 17 books about wrestling, all in an effort to increase the awareness in the general public.  I have had a struggle with USA Today editors for nearly 20 years and made some progress at times but when those editors moved on I had to start all over again.  So now, at age 75 and worn out, I have given up on getting wrestling to grow into the mainstream. If you want to read more about how Kurdelmeier changed the atmosphere in Iowa City and other battles I had as a newspaperman to try and improve wrestling coverage, you may want to get my 2017 book entitled  "A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Heroes". -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from vsnej in Non Wrestling Fans   
    For 35 years, I earned my living as a full-time newspaper journalist and happened to be ass't sports editor of the daily newspaper  in Iowa City when Gary Kurdelmeier took over as head coach. I sat in his tiny, cramped office the spring of 1971 when he told me his master plan for changing Iowa wrestling from crowds of 300 in an auxiliary gym on a Saturday afternoon to a BIG TIME Saturday night event. He was a rare visionary ....and he knew the No. 1 key was getting the media involved. For decades, I have tried to get the leaders of various wrestling groups to listen but have had little success. I created WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the Dan Hodge Trophy, the Dan Gable Museum and have written 17 books about wrestling, all in an effort to increase the awareness in the general public.  I have had a struggle with USA Today editors for nearly 20 years and made some progress at times but when those editors moved on I had to start all over again.  So now, at age 75 and worn out, I have given up on getting wrestling to grow into the mainstream. If you want to read more about how Kurdelmeier changed the atmosphere in Iowa City and other battles I had as a newspaperman to try and improve wrestling coverage, you may want to get my 2017 book entitled  "A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Heroes". -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from GreatWhiteNorth in Non Wrestling Fans   
    For 35 years, I earned my living as a full-time newspaper journalist and happened to be ass't sports editor of the daily newspaper  in Iowa City when Gary Kurdelmeier took over as head coach. I sat in his tiny, cramped office the spring of 1971 when he told me his master plan for changing Iowa wrestling from crowds of 300 in an auxiliary gym on a Saturday afternoon to a BIG TIME Saturday night event. He was a rare visionary ....and he knew the No. 1 key was getting the media involved. For decades, I have tried to get the leaders of various wrestling groups to listen but have had little success. I created WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the Dan Hodge Trophy, the Dan Gable Museum and have written 17 books about wrestling, all in an effort to increase the awareness in the general public.  I have had a struggle with USA Today editors for nearly 20 years and made some progress at times but when those editors moved on I had to start all over again.  So now, at age 75 and worn out, I have given up on getting wrestling to grow into the mainstream. If you want to read more about how Kurdelmeier changed the atmosphere in Iowa City and other battles I had as a newspaperman to try and improve wrestling coverage, you may want to get my 2017 book entitled  "A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Heroes". -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from JHRoseWrestling in Non Wrestling Fans   
    For 35 years, I earned my living as a full-time newspaper journalist and happened to be ass't sports editor of the daily newspaper  in Iowa City when Gary Kurdelmeier took over as head coach. I sat in his tiny, cramped office the spring of 1971 when he told me his master plan for changing Iowa wrestling from crowds of 300 in an auxiliary gym on a Saturday afternoon to a BIG TIME Saturday night event. He was a rare visionary ....and he knew the No. 1 key was getting the media involved. For decades, I have tried to get the leaders of various wrestling groups to listen but have had little success. I created WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the Dan Hodge Trophy, the Dan Gable Museum and have written 17 books about wrestling, all in an effort to increase the awareness in the general public.  I have had a struggle with USA Today editors for nearly 20 years and made some progress at times but when those editors moved on I had to start all over again.  So now, at age 75 and worn out, I have given up on getting wrestling to grow into the mainstream. If you want to read more about how Kurdelmeier changed the atmosphere in Iowa City and other battles I had as a newspaperman to try and improve wrestling coverage, you may want to get my 2017 book entitled  "A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Heroes". -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from gimpeltf in Non Wrestling Fans   
    For 35 years, I earned my living as a full-time newspaper journalist and happened to be ass't sports editor of the daily newspaper  in Iowa City when Gary Kurdelmeier took over as head coach. I sat in his tiny, cramped office the spring of 1971 when he told me his master plan for changing Iowa wrestling from crowds of 300 in an auxiliary gym on a Saturday afternoon to a BIG TIME Saturday night event. He was a rare visionary ....and he knew the No. 1 key was getting the media involved. For decades, I have tried to get the leaders of various wrestling groups to listen but have had little success. I created WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the Dan Hodge Trophy, the Dan Gable Museum and have written 17 books about wrestling, all in an effort to increase the awareness in the general public.  I have had a struggle with USA Today editors for nearly 20 years and made some progress at times but when those editors moved on I had to start all over again.  So now, at age 75 and worn out, I have given up on getting wrestling to grow into the mainstream. If you want to read more about how Kurdelmeier changed the atmosphere in Iowa City and other battles I had as a newspaperman to try and improve wrestling coverage, you may want to get my 2017 book entitled  "A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Heroes". -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from GockeS in Non Wrestling Fans   
    For 35 years, I earned my living as a full-time newspaper journalist and happened to be ass't sports editor of the daily newspaper  in Iowa City when Gary Kurdelmeier took over as head coach. I sat in his tiny, cramped office the spring of 1971 when he told me his master plan for changing Iowa wrestling from crowds of 300 in an auxiliary gym on a Saturday afternoon to a BIG TIME Saturday night event. He was a rare visionary ....and he knew the No. 1 key was getting the media involved. For decades, I have tried to get the leaders of various wrestling groups to listen but have had little success. I created WIN magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the Dan Hodge Trophy, the Dan Gable Museum and have written 17 books about wrestling, all in an effort to increase the awareness in the general public.  I have had a struggle with USA Today editors for nearly 20 years and made some progress at times but when those editors moved on I had to start all over again.  So now, at age 75 and worn out, I have given up on getting wrestling to grow into the mainstream. If you want to read more about how Kurdelmeier changed the atmosphere in Iowa City and other battles I had as a newspaperman to try and improve wrestling coverage, you may want to get my 2017 book entitled  "A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Heroes". -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from jchapman in Leading Hodge Contenders   
    Yes, a Division 3 wrestler by the name of Nick Ackerman shared the 2001 Hodge Trophy with Cael Sanderson. Nick overcame an incredible handicap of both legs being amputated below the knees and showed what a wonderful sport wrestling is when he won the NCAA 3 title despite such a handicap. Two Olympic champions, Doug Blubaugh and Randy Lewis, talked to me at length to convince  me that it would not lessen the impact of the award but enhance it by showing what wrestling can do for such a person. It was a  very uplifting story and was applauded far and wide...but not by everyone. The NAIA winner was Emmett Willson, who won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas  Invitational over a field of solid Div. 1 stars, then drove from Montana to Chicago to compete in the Midlands and won that as well. He also won the All-Star Classic. He finished the season 50-0 and had wins over Div. 1 All-Americans Ryan Bader of  Arizona State, Sean Stender of UNI, J.D. Bergman of Ohio State and Matt Greenberg of Cornell. Dan Hodge himself said it was great to see Willson win the award. In a recent article by Nick Corey, he wrote: "in one sense, Emmett Willson wasn't supposed to win the Hodge Trophy. But at  the end of the 2004 season nobody deserved it more." We can all debate the results of any such award and that's okay. BTW, to date, one million sports fans (including large crowds at halftime of football games) have seen the Hodge Trophy presented in person and that's terrific exposure for the sport. Last year, 20,000-plus fans participated in on-line voting. -- Mike Chapman (no relation to jchapman), creator of the Dan Hodge Trophy
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    iwrite got a reaction from Witherman in Bobby Knight   
    Doug often stayed with me and my wife Bev after I created the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa (now the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo) while he was traveling the nation. He was also the guest at our booth many times at the WIN Memorabilia show at the NCAA tournament. Like Dan Hodge, he loved meeting fans and talking about wrestling. He is on the cover of my book "Legends of the Mat" which has the stories of 34 of the greatest wrestlers in American history, and I also created a poster of Doug called "The Epic Struggle" which shows him pinning Habibi in the 1960 Olympics. How tough was Doug? One time while staying with with us it had snowed and as we were leaving the house, I told him to look  out for the front steps as they were very slippery. Suddenly, his feet went out from under him and he fell hard -- the back of his head hitting the concrete step with a loud thud. I feared he was seriously injured. He sat up, shook his head once and stood. "Doug," I said. "let's go back in the house for you to rest. That was the hardest head hit I have ever seen!"  He just smiled and said, "No, I'm fine. Let's go."  He was one of a kind in so many ways. My latest book is called "Wrestling Tough: Second Edition" and it just came out last week. There is a lot about Doug in it -- including an amazing story about him running down a horse that was acting ornery. For more on Doug's influence as a coach, you can read the book by Dale Anderson called "A Spartan Journey". Dale was a 2-time NCAA champion on the 1967 Michigan State team that won the NCAA title and Dale dedicates the book to Doug, who was assistant coach at MSU at the time.  -- Mike Chapman 
     PS --There are several versions of the Blubaugh-Knight story. Doug told me a slightly different one but the basic fact of the confrontation is true.
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    iwrite got a reaction from Coach_J in Bobby Knight   
    Doug often stayed with me and my wife Bev after I created the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa (now the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo) while he was traveling the nation. He was also the guest at our booth many times at the WIN Memorabilia show at the NCAA tournament. Like Dan Hodge, he loved meeting fans and talking about wrestling. He is on the cover of my book "Legends of the Mat" which has the stories of 34 of the greatest wrestlers in American history, and I also created a poster of Doug called "The Epic Struggle" which shows him pinning Habibi in the 1960 Olympics. How tough was Doug? One time while staying with with us it had snowed and as we were leaving the house, I told him to look  out for the front steps as they were very slippery. Suddenly, his feet went out from under him and he fell hard -- the back of his head hitting the concrete step with a loud thud. I feared he was seriously injured. He sat up, shook his head once and stood. "Doug," I said. "let's go back in the house for you to rest. That was the hardest head hit I have ever seen!"  He just smiled and said, "No, I'm fine. Let's go."  He was one of a kind in so many ways. My latest book is called "Wrestling Tough: Second Edition" and it just came out last week. There is a lot about Doug in it -- including an amazing story about him running down a horse that was acting ornery. For more on Doug's influence as a coach, you can read the book by Dale Anderson called "A Spartan Journey". Dale was a 2-time NCAA champion on the 1967 Michigan State team that won the NCAA title and Dale dedicates the book to Doug, who was assistant coach at MSU at the time.  -- Mike Chapman 
     PS --There are several versions of the Blubaugh-Knight story. Doug told me a slightly different one but the basic fact of the confrontation is true.
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    iwrite got a reaction from Fletcher in Bobby Knight   
    Doug often stayed with me and my wife Bev after I created the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa (now the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo) while he was traveling the nation. He was also the guest at our booth many times at the WIN Memorabilia show at the NCAA tournament. Like Dan Hodge, he loved meeting fans and talking about wrestling. He is on the cover of my book "Legends of the Mat" which has the stories of 34 of the greatest wrestlers in American history, and I also created a poster of Doug called "The Epic Struggle" which shows him pinning Habibi in the 1960 Olympics. How tough was Doug? One time while staying with with us it had snowed and as we were leaving the house, I told him to look  out for the front steps as they were very slippery. Suddenly, his feet went out from under him and he fell hard -- the back of his head hitting the concrete step with a loud thud. I feared he was seriously injured. He sat up, shook his head once and stood. "Doug," I said. "let's go back in the house for you to rest. That was the hardest head hit I have ever seen!"  He just smiled and said, "No, I'm fine. Let's go."  He was one of a kind in so many ways. My latest book is called "Wrestling Tough: Second Edition" and it just came out last week. There is a lot about Doug in it -- including an amazing story about him running down a horse that was acting ornery. For more on Doug's influence as a coach, you can read the book by Dale Anderson called "A Spartan Journey". Dale was a 2-time NCAA champion on the 1967 Michigan State team that won the NCAA title and Dale dedicates the book to Doug, who was assistant coach at MSU at the time.  -- Mike Chapman 
     PS --There are several versions of the Blubaugh-Knight story. Doug told me a slightly different one but the basic fact of the confrontation is true.
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    iwrite got a reaction from tbert in RIP Bill Smith   
    Yes, the whizzer was Bill Smith's trademark move. He was an undefeated two-time college champion (52-0-2) at Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI). He won the 1952 Olympics at 160.5 pounds without surrendering a single point and won 3 national freestyle titles.He coached the San Francisco Olympic Club to 7 national team titles and is one of just several coaches to have led high school teams to state championships in two different states (Illinois and California). Just two months ago, UNI unveiled a beautiful display in their West Gym because Bill gave his Olympic gold medal to the school he loved. Bill was a wonderful wrestler and coach -- but was even a better human being and friend. He was like family to my wife Bev and me and we aleady miss him dearly. -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from TobusRex in RIP Bill Smith   
    Yes, the whizzer was Bill Smith's trademark move. He was an undefeated two-time college champion (52-0-2) at Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI). He won the 1952 Olympics at 160.5 pounds without surrendering a single point and won 3 national freestyle titles.He coached the San Francisco Olympic Club to 7 national team titles and is one of just several coaches to have led high school teams to state championships in two different states (Illinois and California). Just two months ago, UNI unveiled a beautiful display in their West Gym because Bill gave his Olympic gold medal to the school he loved. Bill was a wonderful wrestler and coach -- but was even a better human being and friend. He was like family to my wife Bev and me and we aleady miss him dearly. -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from Alwayswrestling in RIP Bill Smith   
    Yes, the whizzer was Bill Smith's trademark move. He was an undefeated two-time college champion (52-0-2) at Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI). He won the 1952 Olympics at 160.5 pounds without surrendering a single point and won 3 national freestyle titles.He coached the San Francisco Olympic Club to 7 national team titles and is one of just several coaches to have led high school teams to state championships in two different states (Illinois and California). Just two months ago, UNI unveiled a beautiful display in their West Gym because Bill gave his Olympic gold medal to the school he loved. Bill was a wonderful wrestler and coach -- but was even a better human being and friend. He was like family to my wife Bev and me and we aleady miss him dearly. -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from BadgerMon in RIP Bill Smith   
    Yes, the whizzer was Bill Smith's trademark move. He was an undefeated two-time college champion (52-0-2) at Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI). He won the 1952 Olympics at 160.5 pounds without surrendering a single point and won 3 national freestyle titles.He coached the San Francisco Olympic Club to 7 national team titles and is one of just several coaches to have led high school teams to state championships in two different states (Illinois and California). Just two months ago, UNI unveiled a beautiful display in their West Gym because Bill gave his Olympic gold medal to the school he loved. Bill was a wonderful wrestler and coach -- but was even a better human being and friend. He was like family to my wife Bev and me and we aleady miss him dearly. -- Mike Chapman
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    iwrite got a reaction from MikePorcelli in Kyle Snyder vs Lou Banach?   
    Lou is a high level bank executive in Wiscosnin, Ed was an athletic administrator at Iowa State, brother Steve is a retired Army Ranger colonel who led the first assault troops into Afghanistan after 911. They have written a book called "Uncommon Bonds." BTW,  Lou never tried out for a World team.
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    iwrite got a reaction from MikePorcelli in Kyle Snyder vs Lou Banach?   
    Lou pinned Baumgartner (260), Thacker (410), Dr. Death Williams (265) and overwhelmed Severn, and Cole and  even decisioned Shelton (400).. I pick Banach.... too fluid and aggressive.
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    iwrite got a reaction from xander in Kyle Snyder vs Lou Banach?   
    Lou is a high level bank executive in Wiscosnin, Ed was an athletic administrator at Iowa State, brother Steve is a retired Army Ranger colonel who led the first assault troops into Afghanistan after 911. They have written a book called "Uncommon Bonds." BTW,  Lou never tried out for a World team.
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    iwrite got a reaction from pish6969 in You guys remember how the Hodge Trophy became a joke?   
    The Hodge Trophy was created 24 years ago to bring more media recognition to wrestling, to promote pinning/dominance and to honor the legacy of Dan Hodge. To date over 1 million people have seen the trophy presented in person at wrestling banquets and at halftimes of football games.  Sports information offices of the winning colleges promote the winners heavily and all wrestlers who have won it have expressed great pride in having a Hodge Trophy. Many young wrestlers say that winning the Hodge is one of their main goals.
     
    The voting is done by a number of retired coaches, leaders in various wrestling organizations, past winners, select media and also includes fan voting. Last year over 20,000 fans voted online. Just like anything else in life, you may disagree with the final outcome but it seems unfair to call it a joke. One final point - the entire Hodge family is very proud of this award.
           
      - Mike Chapman, creater of WIN Magazine, the WIN Memorabilia Show, the International Wrestling Institute and Museum
              and the Dan Hodge Trophy    
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    iwrite got a reaction from Eagle26 in Best Hwt/285lb Final ever?   
    Lou Banach versus Bruce Baumgartner in 1981 gets my vote... two legendary heavyweights en route to Olympic gold medals. Bruce had pinned Lou in Midlands finals in December and Lou was out for revenge, taking an 8-3 lead and then pinning BB with a near-side cradle. Action and movement was terrific. Ken Kraft was color commentator and said they moved like lightweights.
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    iwrite got a reaction from Buckeyebison in Best Hwt/285lb Final ever?   
    Lou Banach versus Bruce Baumgartner in 1981 gets my vote... two legendary heavyweights en route to Olympic gold medals. Bruce had pinned Lou in Midlands finals in December and Lou was out for revenge, taking an 8-3 lead and then pinning BB with a near-side cradle. Action and movement was terrific. Ken Kraft was color commentator and said they moved like lightweights.
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    iwrite got a reaction from Greatdane67 in Best Hwt/285lb Final ever?   
    Lou Banach versus Bruce Baumgartner in 1981 gets my vote... two legendary heavyweights en route to Olympic gold medals. Bruce had pinned Lou in Midlands finals in December and Lou was out for revenge, taking an 8-3 lead and then pinning BB with a near-side cradle. Action and movement was terrific. Ken Kraft was color commentator and said they moved like lightweights.
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    iwrite got a reaction from Alwayswrestling in Best Wrestling Book   
    Dale Anderson,two-time NCAA champion for Michigan State and a leader of the 1967 team that won the NCAA title, has written a superb book called "A Spartan Journey: Michigan State's 1967 Miracle on the Mat". It has lots of great stories about Anderson at West Waterloo High School in Iowa, where he was a teammate of Dan Gable, and then his years at East Lansing, with people like Doug Blubaugh. Lots of history from that era. Ben Peterson, 1972 Olympic champion, wrote a book called "Road to Gold" which tells about Ben and his brother John, also an Olympic champion, growing up in a small farm community in Wisconsin and their drive to succeed. Very inspirational. Mike Chapman, creator of WIN magazine and the Dan Hodge Trophy, has written 29 books including 17 on wrestling. They can be found on his web site. The ones with the most history are "Legends of the Mat" which has biographies of 34 of America's finest wrestlers, and "The Super Book of Wrestling Trivia and History" which is loaded with history going back 5000 years. I think all three -- Anderson, Peterson and Chapman -- will be at the WIN show during the NCAA tournament in Cleveland, with their books.
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    iwrite got a reaction from PhiferFuqua in Biggest barrier to Retherford winning Hodge   
    Billyhoyle:  Gable took a winning streak of 180 (high school and college combined) into the 1970 NCAA finals at 142 pounds at Northwestern University and lost to Larry Owings, 13-11, in one of the most exciting matches in college history. I was there in press row. After the match, the arena came to a dead halt. People were stunned. Owings did a sensational job, both mentally and physically, and deserves all the credit. He was a great wrestler and finished 1-2-2 in his three NCAAs. Both Larry and Dan pinned their way to the finals, with 5 each. BTW, earlier in the season, Gable had moved up a weight from 142 to take on the defending NCAA 150-pound champion, Mike Grant of Oklahoma, and beat him 9-5 in a dual meet in Oklahoma. At Northwestern, Grant repeated as champion at 150.
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    iwrite got a reaction from rcoates1 in Biggest barrier to Retherford winning Hodge   
    As a pure freshman, Gable won the 1966 Midlands by beating Don Behm (a very good senior that year) of Michigan State 10-5 in the semifinals  and then beating Masaaki Hatta in the finals, 8-3. Hatta was a two-time Midlands champion and a former NCAA champion for Oklahoma State. Gable was 17-0 as a freshman but they were not allowed to compete for the team. As a sophomore Gable beat the defending NCAA champion, Dave McGuire, twice, 8-2 in the Big 8 meet and 4-1 in the NCAA 130-pound finals. McGuire won again at 130 the next season, finishing 1-2-1 in the NCAAs. As a junior, Gable was 31-0 with 29 pins, including 24 in a row to break Dan Hodge's NCAA record of 22 in a row. Gable pinned  his way through the NCAA that year to win at 137 pounds. Gable defeated 5 NCAA champions during his college career and finished 117-1. He won the Midlands all 4 years he was in college (and was named O.W. all four years) and it was probably the toughest tournament in the nation then because so many post-graduates competed.
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