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  • Posted May 20, 2009

    Gable's Final Season

    This book is a very dramatic and descriptive narrative of not only the Hawkeyes last season under the watchful eye of Dan Gable, but also of Mr. Gable's personal life. The book explains how the tough things he endured growing up shaped him and strengthened him not only as a person, but also as a competitor. As the book explains, Gable is seen by those around him not only as the coach of a stellar Division I wrestling program, but as a man who could endure immense pain in the wrestling room and push his limits way past the breaking point of any other man around him. A Season on the Mat depicts the hard work that Gable's gang of dedicated wrestlers put in day in and day out. You'll go from joining in the taxing all-out practices in the sweltering Iowa Hawkeye wrestling room, to the track for mile workouts in multiple layers of sweatclothes, to the steamy sauna where the battle of making weight is seen. You will come to know the phrase "Hit it!" and know its significance between Gable and his wrestlers. As Gable leads the way to victory, his team follows diligently and makes any sacrifices necessary to achieve their goal. The book, at times, has a very detailed description of wrestling moves, scoring, and other technical things. Other times the book is biographical concerning Gable's early life and career as a high school and collegiate wrestler. A Season on the Mat takes you inside Gable's head and processes everything he says and the meaning behind it all. This book is great for any wrestling buffs or anyone looking for a superb example of a truly committed coach who is passionate about what he does and the sacrifices he makes for his athletes.

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