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Wrestling legend Dan Gable visits central Wisconsin

A worldwide wrestling legend was in central Wisconsin on Monday. Dan Gable, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist, made a stop at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Newsline 9 caught up with him to talk about his current involvement in the sport of wrestling.

In college, Gable attended Iowa State University and won 2 NCAA national titles. Gable then went on to win a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He followed that up with coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes to 25 straight Big Ten championships, and 15 national titles..

Now, the legend travels the country to ensure that the wrestling community is in good hands.

"I'm out making sure that people realize that we have some setbacks and we have things we have to conquer and we have people that are out there working for this sport full time," said Gable.

Monday, Gable spoke to a large group of people in Wisconsin Rapids about excellence in leadership. He also shared some words meant for the younger wrestling community, with high school wrestlers from the area were in attendance.

"I really love to put a little pressure on them," said Gable. "It's not just during the high school years, the junior high years. It's a lifetime commitment to helping the sport."

"If we can come together as a team, we can effect everybody, get more people out for wrestling, get more people involved in it," said Wisconsin Rapids junior wrestler Patrick Spray. "I think that we had most of our guys here today so everyone can understand and hear where he came from and kinda really effect everybody."

Gable has clearly done a lot for the sport, but he says it's because wrestling has done a lot for him..

"People always ask 'what can I do to help the sport?' Well, stay in it if it did something for you. I tell you, wrestling does something for you."

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