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"Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy." Dan Gable

April 28, 2013
 
"Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy." Dan Gable
 
Who is the "most accomplished sports person in the history of the United States", regardless of sport?
 
My criteria are: level of excellence multiplied by length of excellence.
 
Based on record, based on impact, based on influence, etc., wrestling’s Dan Gable holds the title of "most accomplished sports person in the history of the United States."
 
Dan Gable also holds the title of "most important wrestler."
 
From the University of Iowa Athletic Department web sight, we know that from the mid 1960s through the end of the 1990s, Dan Gable was at the very top of his sport, first as a wrestler, then as a coach. I do not know of any other American sports person who can claim that level of excellence for that length of time.
 
Combining his unblemished high school record (3 time state champ), his college record (only one loss-last match of senior season) his Olympic gold medal, and his coaching record at the University of Iowa, no other sportsman can claim such excellence for such an extended period.
 
During his prep and college careers, Gable compiled a record of 182-1. He was undefeated in 64 prep matches, and was 118-1 at Iowa State. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable was a three-time all-American and three-time Big Eight champion. He set NCAA records in winning and pin streaks.
 
As the University of Iowa’s all-time winning wrestling coach from 1977 to 1997, Gable compiled a career record of 355-21-5, all at Iowa. He coached 152 All-Americans, 45 National Champions, 106 Big Ten Champions and 12 Olympians, including four gold, one silver, and three bronze medallists. The Hawkeyes won 25 consecutive Big Ten championships, 21 under Gable as head coach and 4 while he was an assistant coach and administrator. He had a winning percentage of .932 and captured nine consecutive (1978-86) NCAA Championships.
 
Dedication is hard to measure.
 
Ted Williams studied the science of hitting like no other individual.
 
Pete Maravich was practicing shooting, dribbling, and passing a basketball eight to ten hours a day for years as a youth.
 
Michael Phelps swam an average of 6 hours (8 miles) six days a week in his workouts. To give you an appreciation of swimming 8 miles, imagine going to your high school running track and swim around it 32 times each workout, 6 days a week.
 
Unless a person has wrestled a six-minute match in high school, a seven minute match in college, or participated in a steady diet of wrestling workouts, it is hard to impress on other people how grueling a sport wrestling is and how incredibly dedicated its participants are.
 
 
High School wrestlers in the state of Michigan are not as well known as their football and basketball counterparts, but for those of us who follow the sport, it is time to salute those 419 different schools that have had at least one individual state champion wrestler since 1961.
 
It is also time to salute the 292 different schools that have had at least one individual runner-up since 1997 when those names began recording according to the MHSAA web sight.
 
From 1967-73, and from 1992-95, Class C and D were combined in classification. Those winners are listed on the Division 3/Class C page.
Some schools no longer exist. Some have merged. Some have downsized. Some have switched Divisions/Classes. I used the Division/Class of the most recent champion or runner-up in these rankings.
 
The schools are listed in alphabetical order.
The first column signifies most recent Division/Class
The second column signifies champion or runner-up
The third column is the school’s name.
The fourth column is the number of champions or runners-up each school has. (I.e. Addison has 24 state champions and 10 runners-up.)
The fifth column signifies where each school ranks among all the other schools regarding the number of champions and runners-up. (I.e. Addison ranks tied for 11th in the number of champions and tied for 8th in the number of runners-ups.)
The sixth column indicates the geographic location of the top 29 schools with the most champions.
 
There seems to be two areas of Michigan where high schools have consistently good wrestling programs.
 
One area is about 30 miles each side of a line from Grand Rapids to Flint.
The second area is from the southern border of Michigan to about 30 miles north of that border spanning the width of the state.
 
Division I/Class A is the largest school size in Michigan.
 
The schools with 20 or more state champions are:
New Lothrop 57
Detroit Catholic Central 52
Montrose 43
Temperance Bedford 35
Davison 33
Dundee 32
Adrian Madison 28
Flint Northern 27
Holt 26
Mount Pleasant 25
Williamston 25
Hudson 25
Grandville 24
Lansing Eastern 24
Lowell 24
Addison 24
Hesperia 24
Saint John 23
Mason 22
Martin 22
Eaton Rapids 21
Fowlerville 20
Durand 20
Shepherd 20
Champions are listed in blue.
Runners-up are listed in red.
(http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/Wrestling/IndividualChampions/Division1ClassA.aspx)
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Division 1 Class A ru East Kentwood 7 t 10
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Division 2 Class B ru Ferndale 3 t 14
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