Doug Schwab, 2014 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee
Athletes with egos are the norm anymore. Not so for a well-grounded Doug Schwab, who won high school, collegiate, national and international titles.
Rather than talk about his accomplishments, Osage’s Doug Schwab would rather point to his roots in wrestling, the building of his career through losses and tough practice sessions and how the whole process has shaped him as an individual.
“What wrestling has meant to me is changing all the time.Things change from being a wrestler and now a coach,” Schwab admits. “It’s a passion I have in life. It has taught me a lot of structure and has been the outlet for getting the most out of myself.”
While Schwab is still young in his coaching career, he is being inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame for his outstanding wrestling career. It started at Osage where he won the 130 pound state 2A title in 1996 after placing second two other times. Schwab went onto the University of Iowa where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier, a three-time All American and a 141 pound NCAA champion.
Not finished with wrestling, Schwab won the gold medal at the Pan American games in 2006 and was a member of the 2007 World Championship team, placing fifth. He followed that up with a 2008 U.S. National Freestyle Championship, Olympics Trials Championship and a member of the Olympic team in Beijing, China.
Schwab points to being surrounded by a community of experts and supporters though out his career as one of the keys to his success.“I was in a great high school program, and the same goes for me at Iowa. I could probably list 20 people at both programs who took me under their wing and helped shape me,” Schwab said.
The home environment was perhaps the biggest key to his wrestling career.
“I had great examples at home. My parents and brothers never pushed me into something I wasn’t comfortable with. I just had their support in whatever was best for me. They just stuck with me,” he said. He did note that he grew up watching his two older brothers put in the extra time needed to excel and that had rubbed off on him.
Memorable moments in wrestling included making the Olympic team and “making the first world team because of how it happened. I beat five good guys in one afternoon,” Schwab recalled.
A humble Schwab also speaks freely of losses and tough practice sessions. “I can’t tell you how may times I got the hell beat out of me, especially during practice sessions. But then they did it to you to build you...to make you better,” he emphasized.
Doug Schwab was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 with Kevin Dresser and Tom Kettman.
High School: Osage
1996 130 lb. State Champion
1995 2A 2nd place finisher
1993 2A 2nd place finisher
College: University of Iowa
1999 141 lb. National Champion 38-4
2000 141 lb. Third in NCAA 34-2
2001 141 lb. 2nd in NCAA 35-1
Three-time All American
Three-time Big Ten Champion
International – Partial Listing
2003 Sunkist Champion*
2005 Real Pro Champion*
2006 Pan American Gold Medalist
2007 World Champion Bronze Medalist
2008 U.S. National Champion
2008 Olympic Team Trials Champion
2008 Olympic Team representative
*named Outstanding Wrestler