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Gable receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House ceremony

Gable, 72, was Iowa’s head wrestling coach for 21 seasons, from 1976 to 1997, and is the program’s all-time winningest coach. He collected 15 NCAA National Championships and racked up a career record of 355-21-5. Gable coached 152 All-Americans, 45 national champions, 106 Big Ten champions, and 12 Olympians—including four gold, one silver, and three bronze medalists.

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