Steveson Set for WWE NXT In-Ring Debut Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS – Golden Gopher Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion Gable Steveson is set to make his in-ring debut this Sunday at WWE NXT’s Great American Bash.

Taking place at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Texas, the event begins at 7 p.m. CT Sunday with streaming on Peacock and the WWE Network.

On last Tuesday night’s episode of NXT, Steveson made his decision to compete for the brand and challenged Baron Corbin for his first match.

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Gable Steveson says wrestling future will remain in WWE amid speculation of transfer to Iowa

The two-time NCAA champion has been teasing a possible transfer to Hawkeyes.

Gable Steveson leaned into his showmanship style on Tuesday night.

The Apple Valley wrestler announced his wrestling future will remain in WWE during the WWE show NXT on USA Network.

The two-time NCAA heavyweight champion with the Gophers stepped off the collegiate mat after winning the 2022 national title in ceremonious fashion but said in June he wanted to come back to the collegiate ranks for a fifth season this winter.

In the meantime, Steveson’s tweets fed speculation he might enter the NCAA transfer portal and go to arch-rival Iowa Hawkeyes. He has posted pictures of himself in both Gopher and Hawkeye gear, with other posts including emojis representing each school followed by question marks. Continue reading at →

Brandon Morvari Becomes Sixth Member of Signing Class

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling head coach Brandon Eggum announced Friday that Brandon Morvari has signed a National Letter of Intent to become the sixth member of the Golden Gophers’ 2023 recruiting class.

“Brandon comes from one of the premier in-state programs where he was coached by Gopher alum Will Short,” Eggum said. “He has had success at the state and national level and will be a great addition to our lightweights.”

A Richfield, Minn., native, Morvari won two individual state titles and four team titles at Simley High School where he was teammates with fellow signee Gavin Nelson and current redshirt sophomore Bennett Tabor.

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Gopher Team Awards Handed Out at Wrestling Banquet

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota wrestling team honored its 2022-23 squad at its recent awards banquet.

Redshirt senior Michael Blockhus was named Most Improved. He went from 17-15 in 2021-22 to a 21-8 record last season at 149 pounds and earned All-America honors for the first time in his career as he claimed eighth place at the NCAA Championships. He also improved to 5-3 in the Big Ten this season after a 2-6 mark last year. Four of his five career pins came this year.

Blockhus was also recognized with the Upperclassmen Academic Award along with junior Isaiah Salazar and redshirt sophomore Sam Skillings. All three earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, while Salazar was also named an Academic All-District honoree from the College Sports Communicators.

Salazar was also co-winner of the Verne Gagne Leadership Award along with sixth-year senior Bailee O’Reilly. Salazar went 20-4 in his second season as a starter for Minnesota at 184 pounds and tallied a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships. O’Reilly, meanwhile, closed out his Gopher career with a 20-7 record in his final season, and also went 2-2 at NCAAs. Like Salazar, O’Reilly was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-District pick.

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Tyler Wells Added to 2023 Recruiting Class

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling has added another piece to its 2023 recruiting class as Tyler Wells has signed a National Letter of Intent, head coach Brandon Eggum announced Friday.

Wells becomes the fifth member of a class that includes previously announced Rhett Koenig, Max McEnelly, Gavin Nelson, and Ethan Riddle. A Princeton, Minn., native, Wells joins McEnelly (Waconia) and Nelson (Inver Grove Heights) as in-state products.

“We are excited to add Tyler to an already great recruiting class,” Eggum said. “Tyler is a four-time Minnesota state champion and holds the best career winning percentage for the state of Minnesota. It’s always our goal to keep the best in-state kids home and are excited for the opportunity for Tyler to compete for his home state.”

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