Steveson Named Hodge Trophy Finalist; Fan Voting Underway

NCAA Champion Gable Steveson has been named a finalist for the 2021 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy. The Hodge Trophy is college wrestling’s top individual honor.

Fans are encouraged to participate in the official Hodge Trophy fan vote, which opens today and runs through Saturday, March 27 at 5 p.m. The winner of the fan vote will receive five first-place ballots to be added to those cast by by the Hodge Trophy Voting Committee. The official Committee is made up of all past Hodge winners, a retired college coach from each region, and national media members.

Steveson completed his second straight unbeaten season this past weekend with his first NCAA heavyweight title. His road to the title included a 16-6 major decision against fifth-seed Tony Cassioppi of Iowa in the semifinals and 8-4 decision in the finals against No. 2 Mason Parris of Michigan. Steveson tied for the tournament lead with 24.5 team points.

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The Gable Steveson Story

Gable Steveson’s mother Laticia has always joked that Gable was born on the wrestling mat, and at times, it feels as though she might be right.

With each dominant performance Steveson puts on display, it becomes less far-fetched to believe that he learned snap-downs and double legs in the same days he learned to take his first steps and speak his first words.

Gable hasn’t been shy about the fact that he uses his wrestling career as an avenue to continue to build the legacy that he has worked so diligently to create, with every moment in the limelight being used as an opportunity to add to his story.

In fact, Gable’s story has been one that spans over the course of twenty years. It’s a story of adversity, a story of perseverance, a story of dominance, and this weekend in St. Louis, Steveson has an opportunity to finally add another chapter of that story: a national championship. Continue reading at gophersports.com →

Domination is the goal for Minnesota’s Gable Steveson at the 2021 NCAA Tournament

Gable Steveson enters next week’s NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. as one of the biggest favorites to bring home a NCAA title. The Minnesota junior has bulldozed his way through the heavyweight field this season, compiling a 12-0 record with six technical fall victories, three pins, two major decisions and one injury default. For Steveson, winning isn’t enough. This season, he is out to assert his dominance over the competition.

“I think this year’s about proving that there’s a large gap between me and the rest of the field. I think overall just my preparation going into this was to score as many points as possible and put bonus points on the board, and I think that’s what is separating me right now from the pack,” Steveson stated in yesterday’s NCAA Pre-Championships Zoom press conference.

Steveson drove his point home in convincing fashion in the Big Ten Championship final with a 12-4 major decision over Michigan’s Mason Parris, a 2019 Junior World champion, and the No. 2 seed going into the NCAA Tournament. The duo also met in the 2020 Big Ten finals, which resulted in Steveson walking away with an 8-6 decision.

“I think my performance this year was a lot better than last year. Just the preparation, determination and knowing I can go out there and score a lot of points,” Steveson said while reflecting on the match. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

‘It’s right in my sights’: Gopher wrestling star seeks perfect season

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Since his time at Apple Valley High School, Gable Steveson has been a man among boys in the world of wrestling.

But as a Gopher the last two years, he’s been a machine on the mat. Steveson has not lost a college match in more than 700 days.

The junior heavyweight star is undefeated heading into the Big Ten Championships this weekend, seeking a second straight heavyweight conference title in 2021.

“I’m locked and I’m ready to take care of my business,” Steveson told FOX 9. “Whoever stands in front of me, I just have to take them out one man at a time.”

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