Minnesota teen sensation Gable Steveson wants to take down wrestling’s best in Las Vegas

The Apple Valley senior, a future Gopher, will be taking on wrestlers 10 years older. But his record suggests he’ll hold his own, and then some

When Gable Steveson took to the mat during the high school wrestling season, a dominant performance usually followed. After all, the Apple Valley senior heavyweight stretched his winning streak to 173 matches and won his fourth consecutive state championship by pinning his four state tournament opponents in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

It was clear that the Gophers-bound Steveson was ready to face a higher level of competition. And on Friday and Saturday, he’ll get that challenge in the Marine Corps U.S. Open wrestling championships in Las Vegas.

Steveson, 17, is moving up to the senior freestyle division — the sport’s highest — and will compete at 125 kilograms (275.5 pounds) in Las Vegas, with an opportunity to advance to the World Team Trials from May 18-20 in Rochester, Minn., if he finishes in the top seven. Continue reading at www.startribune.com