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Two NCAA champions help train next wave of AV wrestlers

Apple Valley wrestling coach Josh Barlage knew it would be difficult to keep the attention of children, some of whom were younger than 10, through a day-long camp. So he called for help.

Highly qualified help, at that. On one of three mats at Saturday’s Camp of Champions at Apple Valley High School, an NCAA champion watched intently as two students grappled. On the next mat, another NCAA champion helped two more wrestlers sort out what to do in the referee’s position.

If anybody thought about goofing off – well, camp instructor Mark Hall wasn’t having it.

“We’ve been losing a little focus,” said the only six-time individual state high school champion in Minnesota history. “We’re going to take a water break and when we come back I’m going to need your full attention. Continue reading at

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.

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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

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.

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