In 2018, 34 Iowa high school wrestlers earned All-American honors at the Cadet and Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. Cody Goodwin/The Register
The Dan Gable Museum is getting an upgrade.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo will undergo a $1.4 million renovation, the museum announced Friday.
According to a release, the renovations will transform the facility into a "state-of-the-art museum with interactive displays." Interactive kiosks will be littered throughout a museum that "provides an educational and entertaining look at the sport of wrestling at all levels," according to its website.
The museum's teaching center and theater will both be expanded in the hopes of providing more opportunities for youth wrestlers. The theater will have 50 seats and a projector, allowing wrestlers to learn technique in an interactive way, said museum director Kyle Klingman.
The museum's wrestling room will increase in size and become a multi-use room, Klingman said. They will be able to roll up the mats and use the room for receptions, gatherings and other events.
"We will also have a 'How do you measure up?' display where kids can see how tall they are compared with famous wrestlers," Klingman said in an email. "Lots of changes."
The project is set to begin Sept. 1 and is expected to take about four months. The museum will close on Monday to prepare for the renovations, which are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15. The wrestling room will remain open through August.
The museum was named for Gable, a Waterloo native. He won two Iowa high school state championships for Waterloo West. He went on to win two NCAA titles at Iowa State and an Olympic gold medal in 1972. He coached at Iowa for 21 seasons, and the Hawkeyes won 15 NCAA team championships. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1980.
"We want the museum to be a symbol of excellence and a source of pride for the community," Gable said in the release. "These improvements will make the museum more modern and appealing and a place you want to go, but more importantly, they will give us the ability to impact more young lives and make a difference in their future."
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.