Gable Steveson goes into ‘hunter’ mode for NCAA tournament

When each Big Ten Conference wrestling champion reached the top of the awards podium at Williams Arena on March 10, the Gophers’ program had former U standouts partake in the trophy ceremony for each weight class.

For the heavyweight match, Minnesota had two former Big Ten and NCAA champions — Tony Nelson and Cole Konrad — in position for what was expected to be the crowning of the next great big man in the program’s history. Many Gophers fans and former national champion-winning coach J Robinson looked on at The Barn.

But with 20 seconds remaining in the final match, Gophers freshman Gable Steveson gave up the first takedown of his collegiate career, and it led to his first loss. Instead of the pomp and circumstance being showered on the Apple Valley native, Penn State’s Anthony Cassar received the goods from Nelson and Konrad.

After starting 30-0 and adding hype as him being hottest thing in college wrestling, Steveson was humbled by the defeat. Continue reading at

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