The host committee for the “Battle at the Falls” International Women’s Wrestling Duals is pleased to announce that former Canadian university and olympic wrestling coach Richard DesChatelets will be representing Team Canada at the event on May 31st at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls.
In 26 seasons as the head coach of the Brock University wrestling program, DesChatelets built a wrestling dynasty within the OUA and CIS as the Badgers captured 22 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships (15 men, seven women) and 13 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships (12 men, one women).
He was honoured 20 times in his coaching career at the university level, earning OUA Coach of the Year honours 11 times and CIS Coach of the Year nine times.
In 2000, DesChatelets was the Canadian Olympic Wrestling Head Coach in Sydney, Australia. In his 26 year coaching career he had the opportunity to coach such Olympic wrestling greats as Gia Sissouri, Marty Calder, Nick Ugoalah, Aaron Pomeroy, three-time Olympic medalist Tonya Verbeek and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Daniel Igali. In 1981 he started the Niagara Wrestling Club (now known as the Brock Wrestling Club).
As a wrestler, he also had a very strong resume, as he spent 12 years as a member of Canada’s wrestling team. He captured two gold at the Commonwealth Games (1978, 1982) and two silver and a bronze medals at the Pan-Am Games. In 1979 he finished in fourth place at Sr. World Championships. A year later in 1980, he defeated the Olympic champion (Canada boycotted the Games). In 1973, at the age of 19, he placed third at the Junior World Championships. As a wrestler at the University of Guelph, DesChatelets captured three CIAU gold medals and one silver.
DesChatelets has been inducted into three Hall of Fames. In 1984, he was inducted into the University of Guelph Hall of Fame. In 1993, he was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, and in 2002 he was inducted into the West Nipissing Hall of Fame in his hometown of Sturgeon Falls, Ont.
Legendary Dan Gable to represent USA at “Battle at the Falls” International Women’s Wrestling Duals
Legendary United States wrestler and coach Dan Gable will be in attendance representing the USA next Friday May 31st at the “Battle at the Falls” International Women’s Wrestling Duals being held at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Wrestling fans will have the opportunity to see the top female wrestlers from Canada, USA and Ukraine join forces to Save Olympic Wrestling as well as many different celebrities at this spectacular international event.
Gable was a 1972 Olympic champion in men’s freestyle at 68 kg/149.5 lbs., winning his gold medal in Munich, West Germany without allowing a point the entire tournament. He was also a World champion in 1971.
In college, Gable wrestled for the Iowa State University Cyclones of the Big Eight Conference. Gable wrestled for Iowa State’s varsity squad for three years and won two NCAA titles. Gable’s overall collegiate mark was 181–1.
Gable also led several U.S. World and Olympic Freestyle Teams from 1980-2000. He was head coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team in Los Angeles, Calif. which won seven gold medals and nine total medals. He also coached the 2000 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Teams.
Gable coached the University of Iowa wrestling program to 15 NCAA team titles from 1977 through 1997. He is considered the most successful collegiate wrestling coach in the United States.
As the University of Iowa’s all-time winningest wrestling coach from 1976 to 1997, Dan Gable compiled a dual meet record of 355–21–5. He coached 152 all-Americans, 45 national champions, 106 Big Ten Champions and 12 Olympians, including four gold, one silver and three bronze medalists. The Hawkeyes won 25 consecutive Big Ten championships, 21 under Gable as head coach and four while he was an assistant coach and administrator.
Gable is a member of the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the U.S. National Wrestling Hall of Fame and many other Halls of Fame.
“Battle at the Falls” International Women’s Wrestling Duals
Top Female wrestlers from Canada, USA and Ukraine join forces to Save Olympic Wrestling. On May 31, 2013 this spectacular international “Battle at the Falls” will take place in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Schedule of Events @ Gale Centre (May 31st)
2-4 pm – Free Wrestling clinic with 3-time Olympic Medalist Tonya Verbeek & Other Olympic Stars
(for coaches and athletes)
4-5 pm – USA vs Ukraine
5-8 pm – Canada Vs Ukraine
Canada vs USA