On the final day of competition at the Medved International in Minsk, Belarus, the U.S. netted three more medals. Both Tyler Graff (Titan Mercury WC) and Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC) emerged from their bronze medal matches victorious. Gable Steveson (Minnesota RTC) fell in his finals match to take silver.
At 61 kg, Graff was untouchable in repechage. He bested his opponent from Turkey, 3-0, and followed it up with a 5-0 victory of Egorov of North Macedonia, 5-0 for bronze.
Likewise, Jordan Wood rolled in his bronze medal match at 125 kg, dismantling Belarus’s Lakeyenk, 10-0.
In the 125 kg finals match, Steveson was unable to get much going against Khasanboy Rakhimov of Uzbekistan. A 2018 Junior World bronze medalist and 2019 Senior Asian Championship fifth-place finisher, Rakhimov defeated Steveson, 12-0. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org
Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith punched his ticket to the 2019 World Championships with two victories over Kamal Bey at 77kg in Greco-Roman wrestling, while at 125kg current Gopher wrestler Gable Steveson fell to two-time world bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski on Saturday night.
Smith avenged his US Open loss to Bey from earlier this year on Saturday night at Rutgers. Smith has now made his second Greco-Roman world team after competing in 2017 at 71kg.
After suffering a loss by 11-2 superiority in the first bout, Smith bounced back in the second putting forth his gameplan with a constant motor. Smith limited Bey’s flashy offense and came out on top of the 2-1 bout to force a decisive third bout. Continue reading
Gophers rising sophomore Gable Steveson (125kg) and alum Pat Smith (77kg) are set to compete at Final X: Rutgers this Saturday in a pair of best-of-three series. Steveson faces 2018 World Medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in freestyle while Smith challenges 2019 US Open Champion Kamal Bey in Greco-Roman.
Smith will be the second bout in the 5 pm evening session while Steveson and Gwiazdowski will wrestle fifth following the Whitney Conder/Victoria Anthony bout. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow @GopherWrestling on Twitter.
If victorious, the wrestlers will compete at the 2019 United World Wrestling Championships from September 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Continue reading
Already a Minnesota prep wrestling legend after four state championships at Apple Valley High School, halfway through his freshman season with the Gophers Gable Steveson is now taking college wrestling by storm.
Steveson is off to a 22-0 start and has ascended to the #1-ranking in the NCAA’s heavyweight division.
Last week former Gopher and WWE, UCF and NCAA Champion Brock Lesnar stopped by his alma mater’s wrestling practice. View/continue reading at kstp.com
Gopher wrestling heavyweight Gable Steveson made his debut at No. 1 in the Intermat, FloWrestling, and Trackwrestling rankings after his defeat of Iowa’s Connor Corbin gave him a 20-0 undefeated record to begin his college career.
With 20 straight victories Steveson is tied or the 26th longest winning streak in Gophers history. With one more victory he will tie two members of the coaching staff, head coach Brandon Eggum and volunteer assistant coach Zach Sanders. Eggum was a sophomore and Sanders was a senior during their streaks while Steveson is only a true freshman.
Steveson began his 20-0 start by winning two Open Tournament titles at the Daktronics Open and the Bison Open. After his redshirt was removed prior to the Gophers dual with No.2 Oklahoma State on Nov. 18, 2018 Steveson has gone 8-0 in duals. Continue reading
The Apple Valley product is a rare wrestling talent who can turn any match into an event.
A minute into Gable Steveson’s first home wrestling match for the Gophers, he took down the No. 3 heavyweight in the country with a near fall, the Maturi Pavilion crowd erupting in cheers while Derek White struggled on his back.
Then in the second period, Steveson danced across the mat, scissor-stepping the iconic Muhammad Ali shuffle while the audience chuckled.
As time expired that November day, the Gophers freshman had one arm wrapped around the Oklahoma State senior, the other raised to the fans, gesturing for them to applaud his 8-2 victory. When the buzzer sounded, Steveson bounced up, flexing his biceps, shouting, “This is my house! My house!” Continue reading at www.startribune.com