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Gable doing well after operation

January 24, 1997

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Doctors replaced Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable’s left hip Thursday and said the operation was successful.

``He is doing well. The nursing supervisor I spoke to said he is not in any pain,″ said Diana Lundell, a spokeswoman for University Hospitals and Clinics.

Gable, in his 21st season at Iowa, has been on crutches the past six weeks. The surgery by Dr. Lawrence Marsh took 2 1/2 hours and Gable could be hospitalized for five to seven days.

``He could be out sooner,″ Lundell said.

Gable, who has coached Iowa to 14 NCAA championships, will miss the Hawkeyes’ dual meet Friday against visiting Minnesota.

Jim Zalesky, in his seventh season as Gable’s assistant, will coach the two-time defending national champions. The Hawkeyes also will be without Gable for Saturday’s dual at Wisconsin and possibly their Feb. 1 meet at Northwestern.

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