Hear from University of Minnesota Assistant Coach Zach Sanders, Gable Steveson, and Sean Russell in this week’s Gopher Wrestling Match of the Week.
Steveson is now 13-0 after winning the championship at the tough Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend. Steveson defeated three ranked wrestlers, two by major decisions, in the final three rounds of the tournament. He won the title with a 12-4 victory over No. 10 Tate Orndorff.
Mitch McKee and Gable Steveson talk about performances from the Oklahoma State dual.
After his first dual, Steveson is already earning the honor
Gopher wrestling’s freshman heavyweight Gable Steveson has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced this afternoon. The Apple Valley, Minn. native took down then-No.3 Derek White of Oklahoma State in his first home dual at Maturi Pavilion.
Steveson got a takedown and a nearfall within the first minute of the match to take a commanding six-point advantage. Steveson energized the home crowd with an exciting performance and a demonstrative celebration.
We’ll recap Oklahoma State’s 23-9 win over Minnesota on Episode 50 of The Guillotine Grapevine. Among guests on this episode are Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix, Gopher head coach Brandon Eggum and Gopher wrestlers Gable Steveson and Mitch McKee.
TRNAVA, Slovakia – In only his third freestyle tournament of his career, Mekhi Lewis advanced to the Junior World semifinals at 70 kg with two quick wins on Saturday morning in Trnava, Slovakia. His wins included a technical fall and a pin.
Against Erik Reinbok of Estonia, Lewis scored takedown after takedown to open his first international tournament with a 10-0 win.
The quarterfinals put the Virginia Tech wrestler against South Africa’s Matthew Bartlett, who is a four-time age-group African Championships silver medalist. Lewis was on the board quickly with a takedown, putting Bartlett to his back and securing the fall at the 1:04 mark.
In tonight’s semifinals, Lewis will face 2018 Junior Asian silver medalist Bat-Erdene Byambasuren of Mongolia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org
TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 21) – It’s hard to believe that Gable Steveson (USA) is still improving after winning three world titles, but he stood outside Trnava’s City Sports Hall and said it’s possible.
“I’m stronger, quicker and my endurance is better than ever, but I’m still growing,” said Steveson. “I look at myself as the second-place guy, and that’s how I’m approaching every practice. Even though I’ve reached the top, I still train like I’m behind somebody.”
With two years of junior eligibility left, Steveson’s comes to Slovakia chasing his fourth age-level world title.
No doubt that he enters the 2018 Junior World Championships with a target on his back and he knows it. “I love having the target on my back. A lot of people have tried to hit the target, but as of right now, everyone has missed.” Continue reading at unitedworldwrestling.org