In the latest episode of Gopher Talk, Mike Grimm chats with Gopher Wrestling’s Gable Steveson on a variety of topics, including his offseason workouts, his 2020 success and the upcoming season. Watch/listen at gophersports.com
At 20 years old, Gable Steveson has already accomplished a lot in life. A two-time Cadet World champion and 2017 Junior World champion, Steveson is currently No. 2 on the National Team and a legitimate contender to make the Olympic Team and compete for a medal.
Earlier today, Mike Willis caught up with Gable to discuss a variety of topics including his ever-expanding social media presence and his WWE aspirations. View at teamusa.org
Four Gopher wrestlers were named All-Americans this weekend by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). The list includes 149-pound Brayton Lee, 174-pound Devin Skatzka, and heavyweight Gable Steveson on the First Team while 141-pound Mitch McKee is on the Second Team.
“During difficult times there are always people who rise to the occasion,” NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It’s important that these athletes’ efforts and successes during the season are recognized. Congratulations to each of this year’s honorees and National Qualifiers.”
McKee, Skatzka, and Steveson were all 2019 All-Americans. So, McKee and Skatzka finish their careers as two-time All-Americans while Steveson still maintains his pursuit to become the Gophers’ 11th four-time All-American in program history.
MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore heavyweight Gable Steveson has been named a finalist for The WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, the organization announced on Friday.
Steveson, the 2020 Big Ten Heavyweight champion, finished the season undefeated with a 15-0 record featuring victories over wrestler ranked 2,3,5,7,18,19, 23, and 25 in his weight class. Eleven of those 15 victories came by bonus points, including four first period pins that each came quicker than the one prior.
Now up to 17 straight victories dating back to last year, Steveson owns a 50-2 record through two seasons with the highest winning percentage of any Gopher wrestler with at least 50 victories (.962).
The Gophers and Sports Minneapolis have bid for wrestling again and other national tournaments.
If the world were operating like business as usual, Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium might have gone something like this:
• Gophers heavyweight Gable Steveson would have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on the strength of two dominant victories, with coach Brandon Eggum showing him the way.
Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson is the top-ranked heavyweight in the country this season, but he is seeded No. 2 for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Piscataway, N.J.
Minnesota coach Brandon Eggum was “surprised” to see Michigan’s Mason Parris (26-0) ahead of Steveson (12-0) in light of national rankings listing Steveson on top.
“I think any Big Ten coach (who) is voting on this would, if they had to put money down on someone, they would put it on Gable, including the top-ranked guys’ coaches,” Eggum told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. “That is my true feelings.”
Eggum’s theory is coaches with top heavyweights tried to keep Steveson on the other side of the bracket to avoid having to face him earlier in the tournament. “You might see some jockeying there,” Eggum hypothesized. Continue reading at twincities.com
After a 35-2 freshman season, a second-place finish in the Big Ten Championships and a third-place finish in the NCAA Championships, the path to the top of the University of Minnesota history books looked clear for Gophers star wrestler Gable Steveson.
Three more years of eligibility, a potential Olympic berth and the Minneapolis-hosted NCAA Championships in 2020 all appeared to be in the palm of Steveson’s hand. That was, until news broke in June 2019 that Steveson and teammate Dylan Martinez had been arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual misconduct.
From that point until late December, both wrestlers were suspended under the University’s athlete code of conduct, as the wrestlers, the coaches and the administration awaited word on the pending Hennepin County investigation.
Steveson’s fantastic freshman season and his seemingly ceiling-less potential suddenly came to a screeching halt as speculation ran rampant across the Twin Cities and wrestling communities, wondering what exactly he and Martinez had done and what would to happen to them. Continue reading at www.twincities.com
At the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, Gable Steveson went to the mat as the final wrestler, knowing that if he won gold, Team USA would clinch its first title since 1984.
He wasn’t yet 18, so he required a waiver to even compete. He won and so did the United States, beating the Russians by a single point.
This week, Steveson pointed to that match as evidence of the practice he’s had focusing under public pressure. He has needed the skill since June, when he and Gophers teammate Dylan Martinez were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. They were suspended from the team, with Steveson’s mug shot stripped across gossip sites. Continue reading at www.startribune.com