NEWTON, Iowa – Incoming University of Minnesota freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine, an award given to the nation’s top high school wrestler.
Steveson is most recently coming off a World Team Trials appearance where he easily qualified for his second straight junior world team, a weight in which he earned an individual and team world championship, earning technical superiority victories on all of his opponents. Steveson also finished third in the senior level of the World Team Trials.
During his high school career, Steveson has earned over 200 victories with just three losses, which ties him for the fewest losses by a state of Minnesota wrestler. The Apple Valley native pinned 30 of his 39 opponents during his senior campaign, earning his fourth straight Minnesota state title. Steveson is also leaving the prep scene with a 171-match winning streak.
Steveson was also named Metro Wrestler of the Year by the Star Tribune and InterMat High School Wrestler of the Year in 2018. Steveson is set to join the Gophers in the 2018 season.