April 20, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Former Hawkeye assistant and current Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson has been added to the list of guest speakers at Dan Gable's retirement celebration. "Gable's Gold: A Celebration of Dan Gable's Legacy" will be held June 4 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.
Robinson was an assistant coach on Gable's Iowa staff from 1976-84. During that span, the Hawkeyes captured seven NCAA championships and eight Big Ten titles. Gable and Robinson were also teammates on the 1972 Olympic team when Gable captured the gold medal without surrendering a point to any of his opponents.
Robinson joins a list of guest speakers that includes former college and Olympic teammate Ben Peterson; Hawkeye head wrestling coach Tom Brands; former Hawkeye wrestlers Mike DeAnna and Terry Brands; and UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.
The reception is scheduled to begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with a program to follow. Tickets for the reception and sit-down dinner are $50 per person, or $500 for a table of 10, and can be purchased online by clicking HERE. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (319) 335-9323 or (800) IA-HAWKS, or in person at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena West entrance. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are limited and must be purchased before May 27.
Gable is considered, by most, to be the best collegiate wrestling coach in the history of the sport. He was Iowa's head coach for 21 years and compiled a 355-21-5 record that included 15 national and 21 Big Ten team titles.