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    Iowa Governor Chet Culver will proclaim Thursday, April 3 as "University of Iowa Wrestling Day" in the state of Iowa.


    Honors Keep Piling In For Hawkeye Wrestlers


    http://hawkeyesports.cstv.com/sports...033108aab.html


    March 31, 2008




    DES MOINES, IA -- The accolades keep coming for the NCAA and Big Ten Champion University of Iowa wrestling team. Iowa Governor Chet Culver will proclaim Thursday (April 3rd), "University of Iowa Wrestling Day" in the state of Iowa. The recognition will come in a ceremony at 4 p.m. that day in the Governor's office at the State Capitol in Des Moines. The entire Hawkeye squad has been invited to participate in the ceremony.



    Iowa won its 21st NCAA title - the first for Head Coach Tom Brands and the first for the Hawkeyes since 2000 - and crowned two individual champions and seven all-Americans at the 2008 national tournament in St. Louis two weeks ago. Brands was named National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and Big Ten Coach of the Year this season.

    Senior 165-pounder Mark Perry won his second national title at the event, becoming Iowa's 14th two-time NCAA champion. He also earned his fourth-all-America honor, becoming Iowa's 17th four-time all-American.

    Sophomore 149-pounder Brent Metcalf was Iowa's other NCAA champion, earning his first all-America honor and ending the season on a 32-match winning streak. Metcalf earned the Dan Hodge trophy last week, which is annually presented to the nation's top collegiate wrestler. Iowa's lone Big Ten champion, Metcalf was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA and Big Ten Championships, and at the Division I NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. He was also named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year.

    The NCAA title capped off a strong season for the Hawkeye wrestling team. The squad won Iowa's 32nd Big Ten title - the first for Brands - at the conference championships in Minneapolis at the beginning of March. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten regular season title with a perfect 8-0 conference record, while posting a 21-1 overall dual record. Iowa won its last 14 dual matches.
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    Hopefully President Bush will hear about this and give us a national holiday as well !

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    That's interesting...

    Weeks ago, I had seen an announcement at the website for the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute & Museum, announcing it was Frank Gotch Day... honoring the Humboldt, Iowa native one hundred years after he defeated the unbeaten world champion, George Hackenschmidt, in a two-hour match in Chicago April 3, 1908.

    Here's the Governor's Proclamation, as posted at the museum's website www.wrestlingmuseum.org

    State of Iowa

    Executive Department

    In The Name And By The Authority Of The State Of Iowa

    P R O C L A M A T I O N

    WHEREAS, WRESTLING LEGEND FRANK GOTCH OF HUMBOLDT, IOWA, WON THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON APRIL 3, 1908, IN CHICAGO IN FRONT OF A HUGE CROWD OF SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS; AND

    WHEREAS, MR. GOTCH'S VICTORY MADE HIM THE MOST FAMOUS ATHLETE IN AMERICA AND CAUSED HIM TO BE INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE BY PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT, AND TO BECOME THE STAR OF A POPULAR PLAY THAT TOURED THE COUNTRY, BRINGING GREAT FAME AND ATTENTION TO THE STATE OF IOWA; AND

    WHEREAS, THE POPULARITY OF FRANK GOTCH WAS WIDELY RECOGNIZED, MAKING IOWA THE WRESTLING CAPITOL OF THE WORLD, A TITLE THAT HAS ENDURED FOR A CENTURY; AND

    WHEREAS, HIS ATHLETIC PROWESS AND CHARISMA RECOGNIZED EVEN TODAY, WITH A KIDS TOURNAMENT IN HUMBOLDT IN HIS HONOR, AND WITH A LARGE DISPLAY IN THE DAN GABLE INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM IN WATERLOO; AND

    WHEREAS, FRANK GOTCH IS CREDITED BY MANY AS BEING "THE FATHER OF WRESTLING' IN THE STATE OF IOWA, AND WHEREAS APRIL 3, 2008, MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS GREATEST VICTORY, WHICH CAME ON APRIL 3,1908:

    NOW, THERFORE, I, CHESTER J. CULVER, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF IOWA, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM APRIL 3, 2008, AS

    FRANK GOTCH DAY

    IN IOWA, AND URGE ALL CITIZENS TO JOIN IN RECOGNIZING THIS OBSERVANCE


    I wonder if the thought was, "Let's celebrate the Hawkeyes' national team title on Frank Gotch Day" -- a two-for-the-price-of-one sort of thing. (NOTE: Despite stories to the contrary, Frank Gotch had NO ties to the University of Iowa. His only son did NOT wrestle for the Hawkeyes.) If so, the Iowa Plowboy's shoulders were broad enough to handle it. ;-)

    Without Gotch and his superstar popularity in the early 1900s, there would be no Hawkeyes... or Cyclones... or Panthers. College wrestling would probably be a much smaller, much more elite activity pretty much limited to the Ivy League.

    Mark
    Last edited by ideamark; 04-03-2008 at 03:36 PM.

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    Darn! Sad to say that this Iowan won't be part of the festivities!
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    Running out of "Days". Didn't Brent Metcalf get his own day as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by goferphan View Post
    Running out of "Days". Didn't Brent Metcalf get his own day as well?
    Isn't it all wrestling season?

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    Good point.
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    I can just picture Jimmy Z. staring furiously at the computer screen reading this stuff.
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