Gable Museum to host Celebration of Life for Mike Duroe

Mike Duroe was an honorary coach for USA at the Freestyle World Cup (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

A celebration of the life and legacy of late wrestling coach Mike Duroe will be held at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Gable Museum next month.

The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Gable Museum, 303 Jefferson Street in Waterloo, Iowa.

In announcing the event, the Gable Museum said, "Please join us in celebrating the life of this kind, extraordinary man whose legacy will live on through all those lives he touched, on and off the mat."

The announcement also asked those who knew Duroe to share stories, memories, experiences and photos of a time or event with the coach - or how he had a positive impact on your life -- with the Gable Museum via email (, regular mail or in person. Mike Duroe's life partner Lisa plans to incorporate these memories and mementos into keepsake books for his children.

Those wishing to participate in the celebration of life may RSVP here.

Duroe passed away in July 2018 after a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer at age 63.

Duroe's coaching career spanned nearly four decades, and incorporated high school, collegiate, national, and world levels. He had served as an assistant to the U.S. Men's Freestyle coaching staff in six Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016) as well as head coach of Guam's freestyle wrestling team in 2008. Duroe was also a member of the U.S. coaching staff for the Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007, and was named Volunteer Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2006 and 2007. Most recently, Duroe had been head wrestling coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa for 13 seasons.


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Chris889 (1) about 11 months ago
Duroe is a great coach and everyone will agree on that He may be dead but he will remain in our hearts forever.
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