Ortiz Wins Title; Gophers Compete at UWW Nationals

A contingent of current and former Golden Gopher wrestlers competed at the UWW Junior and Senior Nationals at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The top five finishers at each weight class in the senior division qualify for the 2021 World Team Trials in September.

Representing the Minnesota Storm, Alec Ortiz won his first Greco-Roman national title with a 2-1 win against Ryan Epps in the 77kg finals. Ortiz was a four-year letterwinner for the Gophers from 2009-14.

In the Senior Nationals freestyle division, two-time All-American Brayton Lee and Gopher alum Devin Skatzka qualified for the 2021 World Team Trials with third-place finishes.

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Gophers Headed to UWW Junior and Senior Nationals This Weekend

A contingent of Golden Gophers wrestlers will participate in this weekend’s UWW Junior and Senior Nationals at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. Competition in freestyle begins at 10 a.m. Central on Saturday with the tournament concluding on Sunday. Greco begins at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The top five place winners in each weight class in the senior freestyle bracket will advance to the 2021 World Team Trials in September. Champions in the junior freestyle tournament will qualify for the 2021 UWW Junior World Championships in August.

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Gable Steveson: Going for the Olympic wrestling gold and beyond

The University of Minnesota wrestler talks about his plans for the Tokyo Summer Games, and everything that might come after.

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s 100 days to the Olympic Summer Games and Gable Steveson, a 20-year-old student at the University of Minnesota is preparing to make the trip to Tokyo, Japan. The 260-pounder will represent Team USA as part of the wrestling squad.

Steveson is all smiles sitting in his dorm room, thinking ahead to what it will mean representing his country at the games, saying “It’s crazy that I qualified for the Olympics and I’m going to Tokyo.”

There’s good reason the Junior from the U of M is pumped. He’s the reigning NCAA Division 1 National Champion, a two-time Big Ten Conference champion, two-time All-American and was honored as a top college wrestler. But for him, the Olympics is the ultimate dream come true, “Not many 20 year olds make the Olympic team,” he said. “I think I’m the third or second youngest ever to touch the team and especially in my weight class.”

On the verge of becoming wrestling royalty, you could say his journey started at birth. He’s named after Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gabel. His dad was a wrestler, both his brothers spent time on the mat and Gable was introduced to the sport at a very young age. View/continue reading at kare11.com →

Steveson Punches Ticket to Tokyo with U.S. Olympic Team Trials Championship

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – A remarkable four-week span for Minnesota junior Gable Steveson was capped with a first-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Saturday night. Steveson defeated top-seed Nick Gwiazdowski twice to earn a spot on Team USA for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Steveson put on a clinic against the former two-time World Championship bronze medalist. He jumped ahead in match one of the best-of-three series with a takedown and leg lace to take a 4-0 lead. Leading 6-0 after the first period, he recorded back-to-back takedowns to secure his third straight technical fall by a 10-0 margin.

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Steveson Advances to U.S. Olympic Team Trials Final

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NCAA Champion and Hodge Trophy winner Gable Steveson is one step away from qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after reaching the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Steveson will face top seed Nick Gwiazdowski in a best-of-three championship series on Saturday night.

Steveson rolled into the finals with back-to-back technical falls. In the quarterfinals, he needed just 1:59 to dispatch No. 7 seed Tanner Hall, 11-0. Steveson recorded an identical 11-0 technical fall against Daniel Kerkvliet of Penn State in a rematch of their NCAA quarterfinal meeting in March.

This will be the fourth meeting between Steveson and Gwiazdowski, a two-time World Championship bronze medalist and two-time NCAA Champion at N.C. State (2014-15). Gwiazdowski won the first two meetings based on criteria at the Final X Rutgers in June 2019, but Steveson won the last matchup by a 4-1 decision at the 2020 RTC Cup this past December.

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