Gable Steveson Claims Third B1G Crown as Gophers Send Eight to NCAAs

Steveson becomes the seventh Gopher in history to win at least three B1G titles

LINCOLN, Neb. – Senior heavyweight Gable Steveson reached yet another milestone in his Gopher career, as he became just the seventh wrestler in program history to win at least three Big Ten titles on Sunday afternoon, as Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi medically forfeited out of the championship bout to give Steveson his third title.

Steveson was one of eight Gophers to automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament as the Gophers had an impressive second day on the consolation side, with a total of seven Gopher wrestlers outperforming their seed.

Minnesota placed 6th as a team with 77.5 points, while Steveson was named B1G Wrestler of the Year, which is given the conference’s best wrestler each season as voted by the coaches.

At 125 pounds, Patrick McKee received a medical forfeit win over Purdue’s Devin Schroder in the consolation semifinals, then he defeated Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern via a 3-2 decision in the third-place match to avenge an earlier season loss. With the third-place finish, McKee has ten straight consolation wins in the postseason dating back to the 2021 NCAA Championships.

Jake Bergeland was Minnesota’s other third-place finisher as his second day featured a pair of rematches against previous opponents. He defeated Dylan D’Emilio (Ohio State) by a 4-3 decision in the consolation semifinals, before beating Michigan’s Stevan Micic for the second time this season, this time by a score of 4-0.

Michael Blockhus placed fifth at 149 pounds, falling to Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) in his first match of the day, before claiming a medical forfeit win over Mike Van Brill (Rutgers) in the fifth-place match.

Cael Carlson needed a win in the 7th place match to punch his ticket to Detroit, and he did just that by pinning Michigan State’s Caleb Fish in the first period.

Isaiah Salazar and Jake Gliva both fell in their 7th place bouts but had already qualified their spots for nationals after yesterday’s action, while Michial Foy claimed the final allocation spot at 197 pounds by winning his 11th place bout over Maryland’s Jaron Smith.

Up next for the Gophers is the NCAA Championships in Detroit, Michigan from Mar. 17-19, which will be headlined by Gable Steveson’s pursuit of becoming Minnesota’s sixth two-time national champion, as well as the first season with a 100% bonus rate in collegiate wrestling history.

Big Ten Championships Results

125: Patrick McKee
First Round: No. 9 Dylan Shawver (RUT) dec. No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN), 7-4
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) receives a bye
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) dec. No. 2 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU), 6-3
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) dec. No. 6 Drake Ayala (IOWA), 5-2
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) MFF No. 5 Devin Schroder (PUR)
3rd Place Match: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) dec. No. 7 Mike DeAugustino (NW), 3-1

133: Jake Gliva
First Round: No. 5 Dylan Ragusin (MICH) dec. No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN), 5-1
Consolations: No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN) dec. No. 13 King Sandoval (MD), 8-6 SV1
Consolations: No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN) dec. No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND), 3-1 SV1
Consolations: No. 7 Chris Cannon (NW) maj. dec. No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN), 9-0
7th Place Match: No. 8 Matt Ramos (PUR) dec. No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN), 3-2

141: Jake Bergeland
First Round: No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. No. 12 Matt Santos (MSU), 3-2
Quarterfinals: No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND), 8-3
Semifinals: No. 1 Nick Lee (PSU) tech. fall No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN), 16-1
Consolations: No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. No. 7 Dylan D’Emilio (OSU), 4-3
3rd Place Match: No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. No. 6 Stevan Micic (MICH), 4-0

149: Michael Blockhus
First Round: No. 7 Beau Bartlett (PSU) dec. No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN), 3-2
Consolations: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) receives a bye
Consolations: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) dec. No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND), 3-2
Consolations: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) dec. No. 11 Kanen Storr (MICH), 7-5
Consolations: No. 3 Ridge Lovett (NEB) dec. No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN), 9-5
5th Place Match: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) MFF No. 6 Mike Van Brill (RUT)

157: Sebas Swiggum
First Round: No. 3 Will Lewan (MICH) dec. No. 14 Sebas Swiggum (MINN), 6-2
Consolations: No. 11 Derek Gilcher (IND) dec. No. 14 Sebas Swiggum (MINN), 8-3

165: Cael Carlson
First Round: No. 9 Bubba Wilson (NEB) dec. No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN), 5-1
Consolations: No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN) receives a bye
Consolations: No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN) dec. No. 10 Creighton Edsell (PSU), 3-2
Consolations: No. 11 David Ferrante (NW) maj. dec. No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN), 12-2
7th Place Match: No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN) pinned No. 5 Caleb Fish (MSU), Fall 2:41

174: Bailee O’Reilly
First Round: No. 6 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN) maj. dec. No. 11 Andrew McNally (WIS), 14-1
Quarterfinals: No. 3 Mikey Labriola (NEB) inj. def. No. 6 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN), 3:27
Consolations: No. 13 Connor O’Neill (RUT) MFF No. 6 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN)

184: Isaiah Salazar
First Round: No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) dec. No. 7 John Poznanski (RUT), 8-3
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Myles Amine (MICH) dec. No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN), 9-3
Consolations: No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) dec. No. 9 Donnell Washington (IND), 8-6
Consolations: No. 12 Zac Braunagel (ILL) dec. No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN), 9-6
7th Place Match: No. 5 Abe Assad (IOWA) MFF No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN)

197: Michial Foy
First Round: No. 5 Patrick Brucki (MICH) dec. No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN), 8-3
Consolations: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) dec. No. 13 Nick Willham (IND), 3-2 TB1
Consolations: No. 6 Thomas Penola (PUR) dec. No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN), 3-2
Consolations: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) dec. No. 13 Nick Willham (IND), 6-4 SV1
Consolations: No. 8 Braxton Amos (WIS) dec. No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN), 5-3
11th Place Match: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) dec. No. 11 Jaron Smith (MD), 5-1

HWT: Gable Steveson
Quarterfinals: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) tech. Fall No. 8 Tate Orndorff (OSU), 20-5
Semifinals: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) maj. dec. No. 4 Mason Parris (MICH), 14-6
Finals: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) MFF No. 2 Tony Cassioppi (IOWA)

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