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Steveson still suspended, does not wrestle in season opener

Gable Steveson gets his hand raised after placing third at the NCAAs (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)

Gable Steveson, University of Minnesota sophomore heavyweight, remains under suspension after being arrested last June, and has not practiced with the team nor participated in their first dual meet of the season.

Steveson, who is currently ranked No. 2 at heavyweight by InterMat (behind Penn State's Anthony Cassar, 2019 NCAA heavyweight champ), did not wrestle for the Golden Gophers in the season-opening dual with Cal State Bakersfield at Maturi Pavilion on the Minnesota campus Friday night. The Gophers won the dual, 28-9; Minnesota senior Chase O'Connor, who wrestled at 285, lost to the Roadrunners' redshirt junior Jarrod Snyder, 4-1, OT.

Steveson, who was a freshman last season, along with teammate Dylan Martinez, now a junior, remain on the roster but were suspended under the University of Minnesota's student-athlete code of conduct after their arrests on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, the Star-Tribune reported Thursday.

The paper went on to report that Hennepin County's investigation remains active, despite having passed the county attorney's self-imposed 90-day deadline back in September. It is unclear whether Steveson and Martinez will face charges.

"Nothing new to report," Hennepin County spokesman Chuck Laszewski wrote in an e-mail to the Star-Tribune Wednesday.

As InterMat reported June 18, 2019, Steveson and Martinez had been arrested for allegedly sexually penetrating a victim with an object on Saturday, June 15, according to the Minneapolis police. The reported victim received treatment at the hospital. The St. Paul Police Department released a transcript of the 911 call that came to them Saturday. A male caller told police that his female friend "seems to be sexually assaulted and is not OK. She left with a couple guys and she is absolutely bawling her eyes out and doesn't know what happened ..."

During the 2018-19 season, Gable Steveson compiled a 35-2 overall record for Minnesota as a freshman, and was 17-0 in dual-meet competition. He placed second at the 2019 Big Ten conference championships, then, two weeks later, earned All-American honors by placing third in the 285-pound bracket at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh. For his first-year accomplishments, Gable Steveson was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler and Freshman of the Year, and earned Golden Goldy's Rookie of the Year honors.

Prior to enrolling at Minnesota, Steveson was a four-time Minnesota high school state wrestling champion for Apple Valley High School.

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coolbeans (1) about 1 year ago
It would seem to me that after almost 5 months no charges have been filed. There is not a very strong chance of conviction. The alleged victim may have been consensual, but had regrets the next day after sobering up.

Stevenson has built up an incredible wrestling resume and has been creating a future for accomplishing greatness in his wrestling career. Unfortunately his wrestling career may have come to an end in the NCAA

A person spends a lifetime making a reputation and it can be ruined in 5 minutes. I think that people need to think about potential consequences of irresponsible actions before going down the path of drugs, alcohol or any destructive actions.

Gable is a real nice guy but he may want to switch to MMA if the doors of wrestling are closing on him. I am wishing Gable the best !
Jay119 (2) about 1 year ago
So much for Due Process
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