Smith Earns World Team Spot While Steveson Falls at Final X

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.

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Gable Steveson and Pat Smith Ready For Final X:Rutgers

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.

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Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson is 22-0, ranked #1 in NCAA

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.

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True Freshman Gable Steveson Now Ranked No.1 Heavyweight

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.

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A show within a show: Gophers’ Gable Steveson electrifies NCAA wrestling

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

Gophers freshman Gable Steveson off to dominant start in college career

Somewhere amid Gable and Bobby Steveson’s belongings, likely near the back of a closet or the bottom of a pile, sit an Iowa singlet — one each — purchased by their father when they were younger.

Though the Steveson brothers, who went to Apple Valley High School, grew up Iowa fans, Bobby committed to wrestle for Minnesota as a junior in high school and years later, Gable followed suit.

For Gable, a freshman heavyweight wunderkind who has had a dominant start to his collegiate career, Sunday’s matchup against the Hawkeyes has been a long time in the making. Continue reading at