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Wrestling superstar added to Mixed Martial Arts seminar at Gable Museum

One of wrestling’s biggest superstars will participate in a special Mixed Martial Arts seminar at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The seminar will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 in the Dan Gable Teaching Center.

The seminar is part of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend. Instructors include Dan Hodge and Greg Halsor.

Hodge, an undefeated three-time NCAA champion for the University of Oklahoma (1955-1957), is the only amateur wrestler to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was also a junior heavyweight professional wrestling champion and a Golden Gloves boxing champion.

Hodge will provide a demonstration of submission holds.

“Danny Hodge, in my mind, was the single best wrestler of his time,” said Gerry Brisco, a member of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Then you add in his boxing skills, his speed, and, most of all, his strength. I think Danny would have become the greatest MMA fighter of all time had it been available when he competed.”

Halsor has spent over 20 years in the grappling arts. He was a state wrestling champion for Cedar Falls High School in 1993 and an All-American for Wartburg in 1997. Halsor began teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2000, and is one of the highest ranking practitioners in the state.

“I am very excited to be a part of this historic weekend,” said Halsor. “As amateur wrestling helped to shape pro wrestling, its impact has been instrumental to the evolution of Mixed Martial Arts. I am also honored for the opportunity to share the stage with a living legend such as Danny Hodge. I am hoping others in will take advantage of this occasion.”

The seminar is included with a $10 admission charge to the museum. Admission includes the MMA seminar, a round table discussion with professional wrestling legends, and an autograph signing.

Terry Funk, Jim Ross, Gerald Brisco, Jim Duggan, Larry Hennig, Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, Jim Raschke, Danny Hodge, Dan Gable, Pat Miletich, Bob Roop, and Fritz Von Goering have confirmed that they will participate in various events throughout the weekend.

For more information on the weekend, or for information on ordering banquet tickets, contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or orders@wrestlingmuseum.org.

Schedule of events

Friday, July 22

2 p.m. – Training session with Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

5:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public for Impact Pro Wrestling show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

7 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling show begins at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

Saturday, July 23

9 a.m. – Mixed Martial Arts seminar in the Dan Gable Teaching Center inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum with Greg Halsor. Wrestling legend Danny Hodge will provide instruction at the beginning of the seminar.

A special presentation of Takedown Wrestling Radio with Scott Casber and Gerry Brisco will take place during the training seminar. Both the clinic and the live radio program are open to the public.

12:30 p.m. – Wrestling round table discussion with professional wrestling legends hosted by Brian Hoops of Torch Nostalgia at the Hall of Fame

1:30 p.m. – Autograph signing with professional wrestling legends at the Hall of Fame

Adam Martin, Editor in Chief of Wrestleview.com, will broadcast live during the autograph signing on the WrestleView Radio Network at www.wrestleview.com. Martin is scheduled to be joined periodically by the various Hall of Famers in attendance.

5 p.m. – Reception for at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

6 p.m. – Induction banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

7 p.m. – Induction ceremony at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is a not-for-profit organization based out of Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to preserve history, recognize excellence, and inspire future generations.