Gable Steveson Named Hodge Trophy Finalist

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).

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Gross in running for Hodge Trophy

Nearing the halfway mark of the 2017-18 wrestling season, South Dakota State’s Seth Gross is firmly in the discussion for the Hodge Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate wrestler.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross is undefeated so far this season with a 12-0 record. Of his 12 victories, five have been by technical fall and five by fall. At last week’s Midlands Championships, the top-ranked Gross cruised to the 133-pound title by recording four technical falls and two pins in his six matches, earning the two-day tournament’s Dan Gable Outstanding Wrestler award.

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