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    Video of Mike Chapman discussing the flood damage
    http://www.courierwebcasts.com/play....lingmuseum.flv


    Article from USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/colle...orabilia_N.htm

    Iowa floods too much for Dan Gable memorabilia to handle
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    Enlarge By Steve Pope, AP

    Wrestling icon Dan Gable congratulates Iowa State's Cael Sanderson after Sanderson won his 100th consecutive match in January 2001, tying Gable's school record. Gable now has a wrestling museum named after him in Iowa, but recent flooding got the best of some of the building's artifacts.

    By Molly Hottle and Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register
    WATERLOO, Ia. ? There is no price tag officials with the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum can put on memorabilia swallowed by flood waters from the Cedar River this week.
    Wrestling magazines from the 1930s and a 12-foot wide and 10-foot high oil painting of wrestling star Lou Thesz are only some of the items threatened or destroyed by water that invaded the building at 303 Jefferson St.

    "It's a dire situation," said Mike Chapman, executive director of the not-for-profit museum. "Who would have thought you would need flood insurance?"

    Chapman said flood waters moved into the building's parking lot at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday ? when he and others started sandbagging.

    When Chapman returned at 2 a.m. Wednesday, after receiving a knock on his door from Waterloo police, water had reached the 12-foot-tall ceiling of the basement and was rapidly entering the main floor. At the highest point early Wednesday, water reached two feet on the main floor.

    "We started moving things and then the water reached the electrical sockets and we got out of there," Chapman said.

    Before leaving, Chapman and the others that had been helping had moved a desk owned by legendary wrestler Frank Gotch to a higher point. The primary exhibits for the museum are safe for now, but the memorabilia in the basement and the carpet on the main floor is a total loss.

    Gable, who was flying to Las Vegas for wrestling's U.S. Olympic Trials, was concerned about the museum ? but more worried about Waterloo residents.

    "This is a museum, but you're talking about people's homes and lives ? and that's the critical stuff there," Gable said.

    Renovations to the building to create the museum, which opened in January 2007 after moving from Newton, cost $750,000.

    "It's only been there a year ago," Gable said. "A year and a half and ? boom ? it's possible it could be wiped out, you know?

    "What do you do, you know? You just move forward again."

    The museum is named for Gable, the 1972 Olympic champion, national champion at Iowa State and national championship coach at the University of Iowa. Museum officials are not yet sure how extensive damage will be, but will be lobbying help from those in the area and in the national wrestling community to get back on their feet.

    "We're facing a major renovation," Chapman said.

    Gable was awed by the power of the rising waters.

    "The interesting thing: It's not in a flood plain," he said.

    When waters recede, Chapman hopes the museum can be back in business for an induction ceremony and celebration weekend on June 26-27.

    "Wrestling teaches you how to get off your back," Chapman said. "Old Man River put us on our back, but we're back to our knees and we're fighting back."

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    We should all work to get the word out to round up donations. Mike Chapman gave 10 years of his life to make the Museum a reality and the wrestling community must step up now to help and donate what they can so they can rebuild. Mike has given his life to wrestling now it time to give back.

    Our thoughts are with everyone in the Midwest.

    Sincerely,
    Jim T.

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    Excellent point, Jim T...

    Here's some contact info in a press release issued by the Dan Gable museum -- ways that individuals can make a difference.

    Anyone wishing to get involved with donations and clean up efforts should contact Kent Sesker or Kyle Klingman. The museum mailing address is DGIWIM, 303 Jefferson St., Waterloo, Iowa, 5070. Please direct e-mail efforts going forward to iowawrestlingzone@yahoo.com or kyle.klingman@yahoo.com. You can also reach Kent Sesker at 319-533-1445 and Kyle Klingman at 319-504-4438.

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    PLEASE read next Monday morning's blog.

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    Any updates on this? Is there a fund set up yet that we can promote here?

    Quote Originally Posted by ideamark View Post
    Excellent point, Jim T...

    Here's some contact info in a press release issued by the Dan Gable museum -- ways that individuals can make a difference.

    Anyone wishing to get involved with donations and clean up efforts should contact Kent Sesker or Kyle Klingman. The museum mailing address is DGIWIM, 303 Jefferson St., Waterloo, Iowa, 5070. Please direct e-mail efforts going forward to iowawrestlingzone@yahoo.com or kyle.klingman@yahoo.com. You can also reach Kent Sesker at 319-533-1445 and Kyle Klingman at 319-504-4438.

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    I will get an update from Mike today and post a report on the extent of the damage.

    Where do I find the blog referred to above?

    Best regards,
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTProducer View Post
    I will get an update from Mike today and post a report on the extent of the damage.

    Where do I find the blog referred to above?

    Best regards,
    Jim
    See "Wrestling with disaster" in this same category.

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    I'm breaking a rule here... this is about a professional wrestling event, but, it's encouraging that it is going forward...

    (For those who don't know, the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute & Museum in Waterloo, Iowa is something of a hybrid. Most of its square footage is devoted to amateur wrestling... but there is a separate space devoted to professional wrestling.)

    Thanks to Intermat for posting this update...
    http://www.intermatwrestle.com/news/...y.aspx?ID=7399


    Flood won?t stop wrestling?s ?Super Weekend? in Waterloo

    DATE: 6/18/2008 11:56:00 AM



    By Kyle Klingman
    DGIWIM

    The flood of the century has severely damaged the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institue and Museum but the staff has decided to go ahead with ?Super Weekend? scheduled for June 27-28, with a few modifications.

    The weekend begins with a celebrity golf tournament Friday at Irv Warren Golf Course at noon. A World League Wrestling show, produced by Harley Race, will go on as scheduled. Called ?Night of the Legends 2? it will be held at Young Arena, starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).

    Saturday?s schedule includes the only major change. The official inductions into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame will still go on at 11 a.m., but will be held in Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center two blocks away from the museum. The event had been set for the museum, but the severe flooding has virtually ruined the museum.

    The fourth and final event is the inductions banquet at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center at 7 p.m. (social hour at 6 p.m.).

    ?Even though the museum suffered unimaginable damage, the staff and board of directors felt it was imperative that we go ahead with ?Super Weekend,? said Mike Chapman, executive director of the museum. ?This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope the wrestling community from around the nation will rally to support us. The museum needs all the help it can get.?

    To read the rest of the story...
    http://www.intermatwrestle.com/news/...y.aspx?ID=7399

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    Talked to Mike today and he is looking for donations to help repair and revitalize the museum. Quite a bit of unreplaceable items were lost but a lot can be saved. Let's help Mike Chapman, Dan Gable and the rest of the crew bring the museum back to life. I have sent a donation and ask people to give what they can to help.

    Sincerely,JT

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