Iowa wrestling museum merges with Oklahoma group

Dan Gable

"I'm so happy!!!"

According to Kyle Klingman and, the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, has merged with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum based out of Stillwater, Okla. The partnership, announced Monday, creates a synergy between the two museums’ management and promotions (which will continue to include the Waterloo museum’s pro wrestling events — whew!) and has caused a name change for the Waterloo branch, which will be known as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

Dan Gable, for whom the Waterloo Museum is named, said that he has wanted to see this joint effort. “I want to see us work together because wrestling needs its history to help educate and inspire future generations,” he said. “This collaborative effort is about the growth of our sport.”

You’re doggone right it is! After the Waterloo museum’s tumultuous past two years, I’m glad to see management solidly in place and all on the same page, with support reaching all the way up I-35 and across on Hwy 20. Or up I-35, over on I-80, then up I-380. No matter what way you get there, you people should get there. -Eric

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