Immediately after posting the story on the Dan Gable profile in the Dubuque Tribune-Herald, I came across a blog about the legendary wrestler/coach also worthy of your attention.
David Gillaspie is the author of a book Wrestle With Care: Inspirationals from Life With Sport… and a blog, DG’s B&B. In the blog, Gillaspie writes about many topics. However, as he says in his profile about himself, “You’ll find many posts about amateur wrestling. Why? Because I follow Dan Gable’s quote, included in comments from Terrence, ‘wrestling’s not for everyone, but it should be.’”
Gillaspie identifies himself a a wrestler, having wrestled in high school, some in college, at an all-Army Team training camp, and, as he says in his profile, “and, my biggest match: I wrestled Parkinson’s Disease. My father in law had it and we made a deal that we’d kick Parkinson’s butt as long as we could.”
In his July 15 installment titled “The Stream,” Gillaspie writes passionately, articulately and movingly about the sport of wrestling… weaving Dan Gable into his presentation, and referencing Gable’s one loss in his entire high school and college wrestling career: to Larry Owings in the 142-pound finals at the 1970 NCAAs, his last college bout. Here’s an excerpt:
Dan Gable is the greatest winner of all time, the only person who forced his way to the top of his sport, then turned around and forced the teams he coached to the top. The force is definitely with him.
His wins set him apart, but that one loss made him the best ever.
For those who appreciate greatness in wrestling — and writing — Gillaspie’s blog is rewarding reading.
Thanks to Matt Krumrie, wrestling writer/editor, and author of the book The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps, for making us aware of to David Gillaspie’s blog.
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David Gillaspie: DG’s B&B home page… July 15 blog: The Stream
David Gillaspie’s book: Wrestle With Care: Inspirationals from Life With Sport
InterMat Rewind: Gable-Owings: 40 Years Later
Dubuque Tribune-Herald: Iowa’s amabassador: Gable talks about past and future
Dan Gable: Official website
Fans of Dan Gable Yahoo group: Unofficial tribute to Dan Gable, with photos and info
College Wrestling 101: Links to articles answering basic questions about wrestling, including rules, scoring, uniforms, more
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