Gable Steveson enters next week’s NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. as one of the biggest favorites to bring home a NCAA title. The Minnesota junior has bulldozed his way through the heavyweight field this season, compiling a 12-0 record with six technical fall victories, three pins, two major decisions and one injury default. For Steveson, winning isn’t enough. This season, he is out to assert his dominance over the competition.
“I think this year’s about proving that there’s a large gap between me and the rest of the field. I think overall just my preparation going into this was to score as many points as possible and put bonus points on the board, and I think that’s what is separating me right now from the pack,” Steveson stated in yesterday’s NCAA Pre-Championships Zoom press conference.
Steveson drove his point home in convincing fashion in the Big Ten Championship final with a 12-4 major decision over Michigan’s Mason Parris, a 2019 Junior World champion, and the No. 2 seed going into the NCAA Tournament. The duo also met in the 2020 Big Ten finals, which resulted in Steveson walking away with an 8-6 decision.
“I think my performance this year was a lot better than last year. Just the preparation, determination and knowing I can go out there and score a lot of points,” Steveson said while reflecting on the match. Continue reading at teamusa.org →