Gable Steveson won titles at the Daktronics Open and Bison Open (Photo/David Peterson, Minnesota/USA Wrestling)
Sources close to the Minnesota program have confirmed that three-time age-level world champion Gable Steveson will make his debut in the Gopher lineup this Sunday when No. 9 Minnesota welcomes the second-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys to Minneapolis.
Steveson, the nation's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018, will face No. 3 Derek White.
Steveson owns a 6-0 season record and is currently ranked No. 5 at 285 pounds. He won tournament titles at both the Daktronics Open and the Bison Open. White picked up a 7-5 win in sudden victory at the NWCA All-Star Classic over Maryland's Youssif Hemida, but has not wrestled an official match yet this season.
Junior world champs Mark Hall, Daton Fix and Gable Steveson (Photo/Richard Immel)
Another freshman world champion that will be competing in this Sunday's dual is Oklahoma State's Daton Fix. Steveson and Fix won Junior world titles together in 2017.
Fix will wrestle his second NCAA finalist of the weekend. On Saturday, he will take on South Dakota State's reigning NCAA champion Seth Gross, and will have Minnesota's 2017 NCAA runner-up Ethan Lizak on Sunday.
Other potential top-20 matchups in Oklahoma State vs. Minnesota:
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni vs. No. 5 Sean Russell
141: No. 5 Kaid Brock vs. No. 8 Mitchell McKee
149: No. 5 Boo Lewallen vs. No. 18 Tommy Thorn
157: No. 17 Andrew Shomers vs. No. 11 Steve Bleise
174: No. 8 Chandler Rogers vs. No. 20 Devin Skatzka