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Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  209 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Somewhere beyond the circle of money, glitz, drugs and controversy that characterizes professional sports in America, there exists the remnants of the ideal. In Iowa, that ideal survives in the form of high school wrestling, a way of transforming the local virtues—modesty, privation, hard work—into sporting glory. To be a wrestling champion in Iowa is to achieve greatness— ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Harper (first published 2007)
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Sep 04, 2015 Meghan rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, iowa
I checked this out for John, since it's about wrestling and Iowa, two of his interests. I didn't have many other books to read at the time, since I ended up carrying it around with me for a few weeks. It follows two high school wrestlers in Iowa and paints a picture of the pressures they face as they attempt to become four-time state champions in wrestling. It's interesting because wrestling is not a prestigious sport anymore, and it's definitely not where the money is, but there is still a cult ...more
Nov 11, 2007 Nikki rated it liked it
Recommends it for: wrestling fans from small town Iowa.
This book chronicles the lives of two Iowa high school wrestlers as they make their way to being four-time state champions (something only 14 other people have done in the 87 year history of the Iowa state wrestling program). I only picked up this book because one of the featured wrestlers grew up in my hometown. I found the book interesting because I know the family, I know the wresting program, and I understand what a "big" thing wrestling is for Iowans. But for those things, I wouldn't have p ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
First, I have to admit that I might be a little too randomly related to events in this book to be a fair and unbiased reviewer.

The book chronicles the attempt of two high school wrestlers to become the 15th and 16th four time Iowa State Champions during the winter of 2005. My brother's team wrestled in several tournaments with Dan LeClere's North Linn Lynx that year. It was so weird seeing one of my brother's teammates mentioned when he faced Dan, and I was actually at the Tournament covered in
Feb 18, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
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I discovered this book at random while passing through the sports section of a local bookstore. I did not know what to expect when I began reading it, however, I was not disappointed. While it was difficult at times to keep track of which wrestler the author was discussing (he details two in particular but also discusses others) I found the book very interesting and highly engaging. I had no idea of the heavy physical and emotional price that successful wrestlers have to pay.
Nov 13, 2008 Clark rated it liked it
Follow 4 guys for their senior year of wrestling in Iowa. Life in the midwest revolves around this sport. The author captures it very well.
Mar 24, 2009 Wendell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wrestlers
I was a wrestler in high school for a couple years and was able to identify with the journey of the young wrestlers in this book. I'm not sure anyone that doesn't understand wrestling would appreciate this book, but I was captivated throughout, especially when I found out it was non-fiction.
Jun 14, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, sports
Loved it. I think everyone should read it. I've been buying copies and giving them as gifts to other people.
Kaite Stover
Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere are both three-time Iowa state champions in wrestling. This is no small feat, yet it is not enough to raise either boy from the ranks of “merely good” athletes to “excellent. For that distinction they will need to become “four timers” and join an elite group of Iowa wrestlers who achieve immortality. In addition to struggling with the pressure to exceed in the ring and the classroom, both boys face added pressures. Jay is an exceptional athlete who feeds off his crit ...more
Paul Schoenberg
Wrestling is one of the most difficult sports out there. However there is one place in the world where wrestling is life and that one place is Iowa. This is a story about two high school wreslters who are trying to win their fourth consecutive high school wrestling championships. This book was a great motivation for me and it pushes me to work harder in wrestling and just in life in general. Overall the book was pretty good to read.
Jul 13, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the insight into 2 of Iowa's best State high school wrestlers. Didn't hurt that both of them were transferring back to the University of Iowa...I recommend this book.
Jacob Lewis
Oct 27, 2010 Jacob Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about wrestling. The main point is that you only have a short time to make thing happened to give it all you have. These two wrestler were about Jay Borshel and Dan LeClere from Iowa look from their high school careers. Both of them won 4 times high school stte wrestling champs. Both them went to Vigiania Tech with others until Tom Brands came back to Iowa Hawkesyes for the head wrestling coach. After he move to Iowa so did both of them came back to Iowa. Today one of these guys has ...more
samuel Flippin Northup
I just got done reading Four Days To Glory and it is about two Iowa Wrestlers who came from a family who loved wrestling. Jay Borschel is one of the main characters in this book. He came from Linn-Mar Iowa and all his life he wrestled. He was the best wrestler that came from Linn-Mar and he had went to state all four years. The other character is Dan LeClere. He is from a town that only had a population of 710. And he was also trying to become a four timer.
The book tells about how you should ne
Nathan Willard
Feb 17, 2011 Nathan Willard rated it it was amazing
Kreidler tells the story of Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere, two wrestlers on the verge of becoming 4-time Iowa state wrestling champions. I actually wrestled with another 4-timer (Jeff McGinness, later also a Hawkeye), and so a lot of the details of the wrestling room, matches, and mindset that Kreidler tries to get across were instantly familiar to me. Dan LeClere just working on a takedown until he thinks it's perfect, then pinning his opponent, both Jay and Dan putting themselves in a different ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Brandon rated it it was amazing
I like how the author made this book based on Iowa high schools. This book is about a teenager, Jay Borschel, who is in wrestling and goes to a school in Iowa. He's so good that all the coaches of the other teams forfeit when one of his kids has to wrestle Jay. He has won three state championships and he's trying to get his fourth. Dan LeClere is the only thing in his way, he is also going for his fourth state championship. Jay, his coach and father start getting mad because he never gets to wre ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very good. I don't read books very often but I don't mind reading sports books. I like how Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere were both going for their fourth state championship in wrestling, it adds intensity to the story. Nobody would wrestle Jay because he was so big and strong. I think that they should have to wrestle unless they're ill or for some other good enough reason. Jay ends up winning his fourth state championship which is what I wanted to happen because it makes t ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very good as far i got into it. I really liked how it was based on a true story that took place in Iowa. Its about a high school athlete. Trying to be a four time state champ. Which he says is to make you know all over. In which he wants to be know. I really like this book as far as i got into it.
Riley D.
Mar 06, 2012 Riley D. rated it it was amazing
Four days to glory is about two wrestlers from Iowa who have the chance to do what few others have ever done before. They have a chance to become four-time Iowa State Wrestling Champions. This book follows thier journey duing their senior year of wrestling career. It gives a look into their life as they go through the practice, the cutting weight, and the many meets leading up to the state tournament. I really enjoyed this book because I could really relate to what was going on in this book. I r ...more
Steve Hare
Jun 22, 2012 Steve Hare rated it liked it
As a former wrestler I enjoyed reading this book even if it sometimes portrayed wrestlers in a negative way.

Sadly, the author was spot on describing the scenes at youth tournaments!
Caleb Smith
Dec 21, 2012 Caleb Smith rated it really liked it
This book is about these really good two wrestlers.And they where really good in high school and they when to Iowa university. Then they get the chance to go to the NCAA wrestling champion chips and they have to work really hard to get there. They said it hurt so bad to loose. They hardly lost at all. but one of this kid had to face the #1 ranked kid in the state and hey won with 3 seconds left he beat the kid my one point in the NCAA champion chips.
Brendan Praeger
Feb 14, 2013 Brendan Praeger rated it really liked it
This book started slow, but really picked up at the end. The chapters about wresting in Iowa are more interesting than either of the two main characters, but it was a good read overall.
Jacob brown
Jacob brown rated it really liked it
Feb 06, 2013
Aaron Hanlin
Mar 12, 2013 Aaron Hanlin rated it really liked it
This is a very good book about wrestling in Iowa. The book follows the path of two high school wrestlers chasing their dream of becoming a four-time state champion. I highly recommend this book to any wrestler and anyone wanting to read a story about two elite athletes following their dreams.
Christine rated it liked it
Aug 30, 2013
Michael Hemery
Dec 30, 2013 Michael Hemery rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic read about the spirit of young adults. Portrays their strength and determination in a way no book has in years. Amazing read.
Shaun Stern
Shaun Stern rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2014
Daniel LeSage
Daniel LeSage rated it really liked it
Feb 18, 2015
Lance Bormann
Jun 01, 2015 Lance Bormann rated it really liked it
Shelves: spring-2015
It was a really good book. I could relate to some of what happened in the book through my wrestling experiences. It really shows what the elite wrestlers think about wrestling.
Dylan Knoch
Jan 12, 2016 Dylan Knoch rated it it was amazing
The first thing I have to say about this book is that you have to be a wrestler in order to truly understand this book. One word to describe 4 Days to Glory; remarkable. Just imagine you are a 3 time state champion wrestling going for your fourth title. Mark Kreidler really got a lot of information about the two wrestlers from Iowa to write such a remarkable nonfiction novel. A good epigraph for this book is: “Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them, a desire, a dream, a ...more
Jackson Healey
Jan 05, 2016 Jackson Healey rated it it was amazing
Very good book. If you like wrestling or like seeing someone set goals and work them you should read this .
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A sports writer and columnist, Mark Kreidler currently contributes to both and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Four Days to Glory, Six Good Innings, and The Voodoo Wave. He lives in Davis, California.
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