with Dan Gable, wrestling legend; won 15 NCAA Championships and 21 straight Big Ten Titles as the University of Iowa head coach; as a wrestler, went undefeated in high school (IA) and won 2 NCAA titles at Iowa State University. Gable won the Olympic Gold Medal in ’72 and went on to coach the Freestyle Olympic teams in ’80, ’84, and 2000
Dan Gable’s practices at the University of Iowa are legendary for their physical and mental workout. Coach Gable now presents some key drills for you to incorporate into your program that will get the “total wrestling experience,” that is a complete mental and physical workout. Gable begins with a brief warm-up session that incorporates pummeling and hip heist drills. These drills will get your wrestlers ready to go all out while fine tuning important positioning techniques. The bulk of Gable’s teaching focus on seven drills in a live and combative setting. The offensive drills work on reaction, set-ups and penetration to open up more scoring opportunities for your wrestlers. Gable’s defensive drills will help your wrestlers keep their opponents off their legs. In addition, these defensive drills benefit those wrestlers who have trouble penetrating by turning their defense into counter offense. Gable concludes with four drills to finish practice. These drills can be done as a team or just two wrestlers (with or without a coach), during practice, or the wrestlers can do them on their own as a morning workout supplement or to get some extra work in after practice.
Filmed at the 2008 Dan Gable Asics Wrestling Clinic
2008. 59 minutes.