Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn.) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on Sept. 14, 2016.
Last Sunday, Steveson made history by winning his second-straight gold medal at the Cadet World Championships, joining teammate Yianni Diakomihalis as the only two wrestlers in U.S. history to do so.
Competing at 100 kg/220 lbs., Steveson won four matches at the Cadet Worlds held at New Sports Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia, outscoring his opponents 32-2, while not surrendering a single takedown on his road to gold.
Steveson won a physical 5-1 battle over Russian foe Adam Beterbiev in the championship match. Early in the first Beterbiev ran Steveson off the raised finals platform to take a 1-0 lead, but that was all the Russian could muster. Steveson went on to score a takedown, turn and step out, controlling the remainder of the bout. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org