Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

NEWTON, Iowa – Incoming University of Minnesota freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine, an award given to the nation’s top high school wrestler.

Steveson is most recently coming off a World Team Trials appearance where he easily qualified for his second straight junior world team, a weight in which he earned an individual and team world championship, earning technical superiority victories on all of his opponents. Steveson also finished third in the senior level of the World Team Trials. Continue reading

Minnesota teen sensation Gable Steveson wants to take down wrestling’s best in Las Vegas

The Apple Valley senior, a future Gopher, will be taking on wrestlers 10 years older. But his record suggests he’ll hold his own, and then some

When Gable Steveson took to the mat during the high school wrestling season, a dominant performance usually followed. After all, the Apple Valley senior heavyweight stretched his winning streak to 173 matches and won his fourth consecutive state championship by pinning his four state tournament opponents in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

It was clear that the Gophers-bound Steveson was ready to face a higher level of competition. And on Friday and Saturday, he’ll get that challenge in the Marine Corps U.S. Open wrestling championships in Las Vegas.

Steveson, 17, is moving up to the senior freestyle division — the sport’s highest — and will compete at 125 kilograms (275.5 pounds) in Las Vegas, with an opportunity to advance to the World Team Trials from May 18-20 in Rochester, Minn., if he finishes in the top seven. Continue reading at www.startribune.com

Gable Steveson Selected as Mr. Wrestler MN 2018

Apple Valley senior, Gable Steveson, has been selected as the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association’s Mr. Wrestler MN for 2018. Steveson just wrapped up his fourth straight undefeated season with his fourth straight Class AAA State Title. The Eagle wrestler has not lost a high school match since the state finals of his 8th-grade year. That is a span of 173 consecutive wins. He finished his MN prep career with an astonishing record of 212-3. Continue reading

Apple Valley’s Gable Steveson chasing uncharted greatness

Gable Steveson has won 167 consecutive matches, and another victory lap at the high school wrestling state tournament would leave the Apple Valley star with the highest winning percentage in prep history before he takes his heavyweight prowess to the University of Minnesota.

Some clashes were memorable, like his viral takedown of Daniel Kerkvliet, who like Steveson is ranked No. 1 in his weight class nationally, during a Feb. 2 dual meet with Simley. Most are a blur. But Steveson has never forgotten his only high school loss to Justin Cumberbatch of Alexander, Minn., in the 2014 state tournament final.

He was ranked No. 1 in the state, Cumberbatch No. 2. Steveson recalled granular details of that pivotal moment at Xcel Energy Center when teammate Jamal Tidwell lit a competitive fire in him that burns intensely.

“I remember sitting down on the mat in the back of Xcel and was like, ‘whatever,’ ” Steveson recalled. “Tid came up to me and said, ‘You just lost!’ ” I was like, ‘Yeah, I noticed.’ I also told him it’s not going to happen again — ever. It hasn’t happened again.” Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Apple Valley Wrestler Knows A Thing Or Two About Pushing Through Hardship

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Apple Valley wrestling has dominated the sport in Minnesota for decades, but one of its wrestlers has quite the comeback story.

If you ever think you have it tough — try wrestling.

“I’m just going to push through it. And that’s what wrestling has kind of drilled into me, is that if something’s difficult, you just push through it,” Apple Valley wrestler Sebas Swiggum said.

And Sebas has had a lot to push through. View/continue reading at minnesota.cbslocal.com