A show within a show: Gophers’ Gable Steveson electrifies NCAA wrestling

The Apple Valley product is a rare wrestling talent who can turn any match into an event.

A minute into Gable Steveson’s first home wrestling match for the Gophers, he took down the No. 3 heavyweight in the country with a near fall, the Maturi Pavilion crowd erupting in cheers while Derek White struggled on his back.

Then in the second period, Steveson danced across the mat, scissor-stepping the iconic Muhammad Ali shuffle while the audience chuckled.

As time expired that November day, the Gophers freshman had one arm wrapped around the Oklahoma State senior, the other raised to the fans, gesturing for them to applaud his 8-2 victory. When the buzzer sounded, Steveson bounced up, flexing his biceps, shouting, “This is my house! My house!” Continue reading at www.startribune.com

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