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Xen Nova
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A MUST read... I'd wait till you have some time to read it in one sitting. Trust me you'll be dying to do so...

http://wrestlingforgable.blogs...



I wrestled at Iowa from the fall of 1987 to the spring of 1991. My goal was to place at US senior freestyle nationals or die trying. Preferably the former.

I kept a journal during those 4 years, and this website is a collection of those journal entries.

I competed for The Hawkeye Wrestling Club, the freestyle offshoot of Iowa's NCAA team; at that time there were no NCAA rules requiring separation of freestyle and collegiate practices, so everyone trained together.

My daily workout partners were a Who's Who of the best lightweights in the country: Barry Davis, Brad Penrith, Tom and Terry Brands, Steve "Rat" Martin, Chad Zaputil, Jack Griffin.

Dan Gable was the head coach, leader of practices, and chief inspiration.

Wrestling at Iowa taught me to set higher standards for myself, push through barriers, learn from setbacks, and never give up.

I was fortunate to achieve my goals. I beat an Olympian, a Jr. World Champ, and several All-Americans. I also lost an awful lot of matches because I was out-slicked, out-smarted, or--the most humiliating of all--out-hustled. I was a lot more humble when I left than when I arrived.



What really struck me is that dude didn't do this till he was 24...

You're never dead till you're dead right?

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Whelanj
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What really struck me is that dude didn't do this till he was 24...

You're never dead till you're dead right?


Thanks for posting! This made my day.

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ZEB
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Xen Nova,

Great, great post!

Gable was not only a great wrestler but that also transferred to his coaching as well. Not every great athlete can do this.

I only had the chance to read one of the entries but I'll be back.

Thanks for posting this man I never knew it existed.

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kmcnyc
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Xen- this is pure gold.
and yes makes me teary.

I know who this guy is.

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Xen Nova
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WHOA, I posted this with you in mind KMC, didn't think you'd know the guy.
Small world, eh?

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rundymc
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Beautiful. Read some time ago. The guy expresses himself really well.

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kmcnyc
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Xen
I knew who he was cause he trained at Iowa with the brands
We all scot each other

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kmcnyc
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Do you know I wish I kept a journal

All I have is some scratched up old pads
With run times in them or imaginary pyramids or brackets of tourneys

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studgorilla
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Thanks for this, Xen Nova. This was a great find. Lots of good info and inspiration.

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TheJonty
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It's the odd thread like this that keeps me popping back into the combat forum to see what's up from time to time. Read through the whole blog last night, and emailed the link to my old wrestling coach who wrestled for Canada internationally for a few years back in the day. Turns out my old coach used to compete against Barry Davis, and he told me a story of how he lost a match to him 3-2 in the last 20 seconds at a tourney in France, the year after Barry took silver at worlds. Only names I'd recognized in the blog were the Brands brothers, Kendall Cross, and of course Dan Gable, so that was kinda cool to learn. Small world.

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