Apple Valley’s Gable Steveson poised for another monster season

Leaning away from an interview in the hallway after school, Apple Valley wrestler Gable Steveson called out to football coach Chad Clendening, who just happened to be walking past.

“Hey Clendening! He’s asking about football.”

Clendening turned and shook his head. “That’s a broken record. From the day he walked into Valley Middle School, I’ve been on him.”

With good reason. Steveson, a senior, is the No. 1 high school wrestler in the nation. A heavyweight with an unmatched of blend of strength and speed, balance
and bravado. He’d be devastating as a defensive end, for example. He stands just six-feet tall and weighs upwards of 250 pounds, but dunks a basketball with ease. He skated with the Apple Valley hockey team earlier this season (“I’ve skated before but that was the first time I’ve played hockey,” he said) and held his own. Continue reading at

Navy breaks into Top 25, few shifts in USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Exams are in full swing as the first semester comes to an end at college campuses across the nation, which means it was another short week of competition in Division I wrestling as there were only a few changes in the USA Today’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The United States Naval Academy (3-0) made its first appearance in the Top 25 since the preseason poll in 2008-09. Coach Joel Sharratt’s Midshipmen picked up a sound 22-13 victory over up-and-coming Drexel. Overall, its the 123rd time in program history Navy’s been ranked in the Coaches Poll. Continue reading

North Dakota State 19, Central Michigan 16

NDSU Wins Final Two Matches to Edge No. 18 Central Michigan 19-16

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State 197-pounder Cordell Eaton and heavyweight Dan Stibral closed with wins to lift the Bison to a 19-16 win over No. 18 Central Michigan in a non-conference dual Sunday, Dec. 10, before 440 spectators in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

NDSU (1-3, 0-2 #Big12WR) is scheduled to wrestle Utah Valley (4-2, 1-0 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 1 p.m. Central Time, Friday, Dec. 15. The Bison then compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 17.

NDSU trailed the Chippewas 16-12 heading into the final two weight classes. Continue reading

Minnesota State 23 University of Mary 14

#19 Mavericks End Road Swing with 23-14 Win vs. #23 Marauders

BISMARCK, N.D. — The No. 19 Minnesota State wrestling team stayed perfect in dual action Sunday afternoon as it defeated No. 23 U-Mary 23-14.

With the win, the Mavericks improve to 3-0 on the season in dual action, including a 2-0 record in NSIC duals. With the loss, the Marauders fall to 3-1 on the season, including a 1-1 NSIC record.

The dual began with MSU and U-Mary exchanging decision victories in the 125 and 133 pound weight classes. MSU sophomore Andrew McFall (125 lbs.) defeated U-Mary’s Nate Humann by the score of 6-5, before Tate Barnhardt bested MSU junior George Farmah (133 lbs.) by the score of 3-0. McFall improved to 8-4 on the season, while Farmah fell to 1-3. Continue reading