Steveson Defeats Gwiazdowski, 4-1, in Potential Olympic Trial Preview

In a potential preview of April’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Minnesota junior Gable Steveson defeated Nick Gwiazdowski, 4-1, at the 2020 RTC Cup in Cincinnati, Ohio. A two-time World bronze medalist, Gwiazdowski clinched the No. 1 seed at the trials prior to Steveson’s victory on Friday night.

The RTC Cup is a dual-team tournament featuring six of the nation’s top regional training centers. Steveson, along with sophomore Brayton Lee, have joined several Minnesota alums as part of the Gopher Wrestling Club (GWC).

The Gopher Wrestling Club went 1-1 in pool play and will face Spartan Combat RTC in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday at Noon Central. The GWC was defeated by Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, but beat Wolfpack RTC based on criteria.

At 20 years old, Steveson is nearly eight years younger than the former two-time NCAA Champion from North Carolina State. In their only previous meetings, Gwiazdowski narrowly defeated Steveson twice based on criteria at the Final X Rutgers to earn the 125kg spot for Team USA at the 2019 World Championships.

The 2021 Olympic Trials are scheduled to be held April 4-5 in University Park, Pa.

Fans can watch the RTC Cup streamed live on FloWrestling ($).

RTC Cup Results

RTC Cup Prize Money
1st place – $50,000
2nd place – $25,000
3rd place – $15,000
4th place – $7,500
5th place – $2,500
All teams receive $20,000 to show

Cliff Keen Wrestling Club 5, Gopher Wrestling Club 1
57kg: Seth Gross (CKWC) VP01 Zach Sanders (GWC), 12-4
65kg: Alec Pantaleo (CKWC) VSU Brayton Lee (GWC), 10-0 5:47
74kg: Logan Massa (CKWC) VP01 Evan Wick (GWC), 5-2
86kg: Myles Amine (CKWC) VP01 Brett Pfarr (GWC), 8-2
97kg: Hayden Zillmer (GWC) VSU1 Timothy Dudley (CKWC), 11-1 4:50
125kg: Mason Parris (CKWC) VP01 Tony Nelson (GWC), 8-2

Gopher Wrestling Club 3, Wolfpack RTC 3 (Points – 37-36)
57kg: Jakob Camacho (WRTC) VP01 Sean Russell (GWC), 12-6
65kg: Mitch McKee (GWC) VP01 Kevin Jack (WRTC), 15-6
74kg: Tommy Gantt (WRTC) VP01 Evan Wick (GWC), 7-2
86kg: Trent Hidlay (WRTC) VP01 Brett Pfarr (GWC), 6-2
97kg: Hayden Zillmer (GWC) VP01 Michael Macchiavello (WRTC), 8-4
125kg: Gable Steveson (GWC) VP01 Nick Gwiazdowski (WRTC), 4-1

Schedule (Central Times)

Day 1 – Friday
Pool competition

Pool B:
Ohio RTC over NJRTC/SERTC, 4-2
SpartanCombat RTC over Ohio RTC, 3-3
SpartanCombat RTC over NJRTC/SERTC, 4-2

Pool A:
Cliff Keen Wrestling Club over Gopher Wrestling Club, 5-1
Cliff Keen Wrestling Club over Wolfpack Wrestling Club, 3-3
Gopher Wrestling Club over Wolfpack Wrestling Club, 3-3

Day 2 – Saturday
Bracket competition
8 Team bracket, winners of Pool A & B receive byes to the semifinals

12:00 PM – Gopher Wrestling Club vs NJRTC/SERTC
1:00 PM – Wolfpack Wrestling Club vs Ohio RTC

3:00 PM – 5th place

4:00 PM – Cliff Keen Wrestling Club vs winner of 1:00 PM Quarterfinal
5:00 PM – SpartanCombat RTC vs winner of 12:00 PM Quarterfinal

6:00 PM – 3rd place
7:00 PM – 1st place

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