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Talkin' Dan Gable

By Stephen T. Holland


​The following essay a sample chapter for the book, Talkin’ Dan Gable. Enjoy!

"Red Flag Days come three or four times a year.  They're days when Iowa mat coach Dan Gable is hard-hearted, days of sweat-drenched bodies, days when waterbreaks last 20 seconds.

"Before their first drink, the wrestlers slide on pools of sweat, drilling with their partners, shooting sets of takedowns, practicing escapes.  Fifteen minutes into the afternoon workout, they get their first break.  They sprint to the water cooler at the far end of the room and swig down Squinch. Briefly they relax, then sprint back to their slippery places on the mat."

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