Gable Steveson Wins the 2021 Hodge Trophy

NCAA Champion Gable Steveson has earned the greatest honor in college wrestling as the winner of the 2021 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS Wrestling. He shares the top individual award in the nation with Iowa’s Spencer Lee. It is just the second time in the 27-year history of the award that two wrestlers were recognized.

“It was a bit of a surprise when I got the news because Spencer Lee is such a great wrestler,” said Steveson. “But winning the Hodge Trophy is something I thought about all year. Winning the NCAA was first but then I wanted to win the Hodge, too. It was a childhood dream and now it’s crazy to see that it’s happened.”

Steveson completed his second straight unbeaten season with his first NCAA heavyweight title on Saturday, March 20 in St. Louis. 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 Lee for the tournament lead with 24.5 team points.

Steveson compiled a 17-0 season record with 14 of the 17 wins resulting in bonus points. He had three major decisions, four pins and seven technical falls and gave up just one takedown. Steveson recorded the second-fastest pin in school history with his 13-second fall against Michigan State’s Connor Bowes in January. He added a 34-second pin against No. 6 Luke Luffman of Illinois in February.

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Gophers to Participate in Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier

With the U.S. Olympic Trials looming, current and former Gophers will take part in the Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday. NCAA Champion Gable Steveson has already qualified for the trials, which will be held in Fort Worth, April 2-3.

Competing for the Gopher Wrestling Club Regional Training Center are current Gophers Jake Bergeland, Keaton Kluever, Kasper McIntosh, Matt Ramos and Rowan Morgan, along with alums Sean Russell, Mitch McKee and Devin Skatzka. The Gopher Wrestling Club contingent also includes Daniel DeShazer and Elroy Perkin.

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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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Steveson Wins Heavyweight Title at 2021 NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, MO – A year after his opportunity to win a national title in front of his home state at U.S. Bank Stadium was taken away by the pandemic, junior Gable Steveson reached the pinnacle of college wrestling on Saturday night. His 8-4 decision against No. 2 Mason Parris of Michigan delivered his first NCAA Championship. He celebrated the victory with his trademark backflip on the mat.

Steveson becomes the first Gopher to win a national title since Tony Nelson won back-to-back crowns in 2012-13 and the 18th to win at least one national title. He is the fourth Minnesota heavyweight since 2000 to finish first joining Nelson, Cole Konrad (2006-07) and Brock Lesnar (2000). Only Ohio State has had multiple winners during that period with two.

Just two weeks removed from a 12-4 major decision against Parris in the Big Ten Championship final, Steveson once again gained control early with a first-period takedown. While rarely threatened, the match remained close throughout. After a Parris escape to start the third cut the lead to 3-2, Steveson pulled away with two more takedowns to seal the win.

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