Gable Steveson has won 167 consecutive matches, and another victory lap at the high school wrestling state tournament would leave the Apple Valley star with the highest winning percentage in prep history before he takes his heavyweight prowess to the University of Minnesota.
Some clashes were memorable, like his viral takedown of Daniel Kerkvliet, who like Steveson is ranked No. 1 in his weight class nationally, during a Feb. 2 dual meet with Simley. Most are a blur. But Steveson has never forgotten his only high school loss to Justin Cumberbatch of Alexander, Minn., in the 2014 state tournament final.
He was ranked No. 1 in the state, Cumberbatch No. 2. Steveson recalled granular details of that pivotal moment at Xcel Energy Center when teammate Jamal Tidwell lit a competitive fire in him that burns intensely.
“I remember sitting down on the mat in the back of Xcel and was like, ‘whatever,’ ” Steveson recalled. “Tid came up to me and said, ‘You just lost!’ ” I was like, ‘Yeah, I noticed.’ I also told him it’s not going to happen again — ever. It hasn’t happened again.” Continue reading at www.twincities.com