Gable Steveson cool, confident going into biggest wrestling matches of his life

Two days before traveling to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics, Gable Steveson was playing one of those concocted games often seen in a high school gym class.

The Gophers wrestling room was serving a dual purpose as the padded field for a game of “speed ball” before the real practice began on July 15. The wrestlers had divided into two teams — shirts vs. skins — and their heavyweight wasn’t a lumbering also-ran.

At one point in the rec game, a shirtless 275-pound Steveson went across the middle and made a juggling catch before quickly zipping a pass to a teammate for an easy score. Continue reading at →

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