Gable Steveson celebrates after winning a state championship (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked as the nation's No. 1 overall Class of 2018 wrestler, verbally committed to the University of Minnesota on Friday afternoon. The two-time UWW Cadet World gold medalist in freestyle at 100 kilograms has won state titles each of the last three seasons with a cumulative record of 134-0. Steveson's last scholastic loss came in the state final of his eighth grade year competing at 195 pounds, which ended a season in which he went 39-3.
Steveson is currently ranked the No. 1 high school 285 pound wrestler, and could be the next great Minnesota heavyweight. A legacy that includes current starter Mitch Kroells, who seeks a third All-American finish tonight; a pair of two-time national champions, and three-time finalists, in Tony Nelson and Cole Konrad; national champion and two-time finalist Brock Lesnar; along with five other multi-time All-Americans. Older brother Bobby qualified for the national tournament as a redshirt freshman at 184 pounds this season.