Gable Steveson
Personal information
Full nameGable Dan Steveson
NationalityAmerican
Born (2000-05-31) May 31, 2000 (age 22)
Portage, Indiana, U.S.
Home townApple Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight265 lb (120 kg)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle and folkstyle
College teamGopher WC [1]
ClubMinnesota Storm [2]
Coached byBrandon Eggum,[3] Dustin Schlatter[2]
Gable Steveson
Medal record
Men's freestyle wrestling
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
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Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo 125 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2021 Guatemala City 125 kg
Junior World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Tampere 120 kg
Cadet World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Tbilisi 100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Sarajevo 100 kg
Collegiate Wrestling
Representing the Minnesota Golden Gophers
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NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
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Gold medal – first place 2022 Detroit 285 lb
Gold medal – first place 2021 St. Louis 285 lb
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Pittsburgh 285 lb
Big Ten Championships
Gold medal – first place 2022 Lincoln 285 lb
Gold medal – first place 2021 State College 285 lb
Gold medal – first place 2020 Piscataway 285 lb
Silver medal – second place 2019 Minneapolis 285 lb

Gable Dan Steveson (born May 31, 2000) is an American professional wrestler and retired freestyle and folkstyle wrestler.[4] He is currently signed to WWE, where he was appointed to the Raw brand under his real name, but has yet to have his debut match. He is the second Olympic wrestling gold medalist to be signed by the company, after Kurt Angle.

In freestyle, Steveson claimed the 2020 Summer Olympic Games gold medal after defeating three-time and reigning World Champion Geno Petriashvili in the final, and defeating defending Olympic champion Taha Akgül earlier in the tournament.[5][6] He was also the 2021 Pan American Continental champion, and was a three-time age-group World Champion.[7][8]

As a collegiate wrestler, Steveson was a two-time Dan Hodge Trophy winner, a two-time NCAA Division I National Champion, a three-time Big Ten Conference champion (four-time finalist), and a three-time All-American out of the University of Minnesota.[9] After making a brief appearance at WWE's SummerSlam in 2021, Steveson was signed by the professional wrestling promotion in September where he was drafted to the Raw brand the following month.

Early life

Steveson was born in Portage, Indiana, where he started wrestling as soon as he could walk, following his two older brother's footsteps.[10] His name Gable Dan was given by his mother after legendary wrestler Dan Gable.[11] After winning multiple youth-level national tournaments, the Steveson family moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota when Gable was in the seventh grade, so he and his brother Bobby could compete for powerhouse Apple Valley High School.[10] As a 13-year old, Steveson reached the 195-pound state finals with a 39–2 record, but was defeated to claim second place, losing his last high school match.[12] After that season, Steveson racked up four state titles and a 171 match win-streak, with his last two state tournaments lasting a combined 28 seconds.[13] In freestyle, Steveson claimed multiple age-group World Championships.[14] The top-recruit, he chose to remain local and attend the University of Minnesota.[15]

Collegiate and freestyle wrestling career

2018–2019

Steveson, a high school senior, placed fourth at the 2018 US Open Nationals and the US World Team Trials in April and May respectively, beating the likes of NCAA Division I All-American Tanner Hall and fellow Junior World Champion Dom Bradley in the freestyle tournaments.[16][17]

Steveson (left) wrestling Cory Daniel in December 2018
Steveson (left) wrestling Cory Daniel in December 2018

Steveson started his collegiate wrestling freshman season using a redshirt, winning titles at the Daktronics and Bison Open tournaments. Since his redshirt was pulled in November,[18] he compiled an undefeated 14–0 record in dual meets and a Cliff Keen Invitational title during regular season, with multiple wins over high ranked opponents, most notably second-ranked Derek White in his collegiate debut.[19] Entering the B1G championships as the top-seed, he opened up with a technical fall and two decisions to make it to the finals, where he faced second-seeded Anthony Cassar from Penn State. He lost to Cassar by one point, marking his first defeat in folkstyle since eighth grade.[20] At the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championships, he made it to the semifinals, where he was once again defeated by Cassar by the same 4–3 score.[21] He then won two more matches to claim third place and All-American status.[22]

A recently crowned All-American, Steveson returned to freestyle in May 2019 and became a Final X contestant when he ran through the US World Team Trials Challenge, dismantling 2018 Greco-Roman World finalist Adam Coon, two-time NCAA National champion Tony Nelson, two-time All-American Dom Bradley, and two-time All-American Nick Nevills.[23] However, he lost to two-time World Medalist Nick Gwiazdowski twice by criteria and was unable to make the US World Team.[24]

Steveson then made his international senior debut at the Alexander Medved Prizes in August 2019, where he placed second to Khasanboy Rakhimov.[25] In his last freestyle competition of the year, Steveson added a gold medal to his credit from the Bill Farrell Memorial International in November 2019, after outscoring four opponents 32 points to 4, qualifying for the 2020 US Olympic Team Trials.[26]

2019–2020

Steveson's sophomore season was interrupted in June 2019 when he was arrested along with a teammate on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct.[27] Both were released without charges shortly after due to inadequate evidence.[28][29] However, the University of Minnesota did not lift its suspensions of the two until six months later in December.[30] After his suspension was pulled and wrestling back to folkstyle, Steveson compiled 12 wins and no losses in duals during regular season,[31] becoming the top-ranked 285-pounder in the United States.[32] Despite being number one in the rankings, Steveson entered the B1G championships as the second seed.[33] At the tournament, he opened up with a fall over the tenth seed, and a decision over the third seed to make it to the finale, where he defeated the top-seeded Mason Parris from Michigan to claim the conference title.[34] Steveson was then scheduled to compete at the NCAA championships as the top-seed,[35] but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[36] After the season ended, he was named a first team NCAA Division I All-American due to his performance through the season.[37][38]

Steveson was slated to compete at the 2020 US Olympic Team Trials in early April 2020.[39] However, the event was postponed for 2021 along with the Summer Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving all the qualifiers unable to compete.[40]

After ten months out of freestyle competition, Steveson wrestled Trent Hillger at the annual Beat The Streets event on September 17, 2020, showing massive skill improvements and winning by technical fall in the first period.[41]

In October 2020, the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to winter athletes due to the last season being cut short, this led to Steveson getting an extra year of eligibility.[42]

Steveson represented the Gopher WC at 125 kilograms in the FloWrestling: RTC Cup from December 4 to 5, 2020, alongside graduated Gopher Tony Nelson.[43] After siting out in the dual against the Cliff Keen WC, Steveson faced the heavily accomplished Nick Gwiazdowski from the Wolfpack RTC in an anticipated rematch. He edged the two-time Pan American champion with a score of 4 to 1 points.[44] He then tech'd Jordan Wood to defeat him for the sixth time in freestyle competition and place sixth as a team.[45]

2020–2021

Competing as a junior during the regular season, he compiled a 9–0 record with a 100 percent bonus rate.[46] During the postseason, he continued his dominance, making his third consecutive Big Ten Championship final and winning his second title, dominating the second-ranked wrestler in the country and '19 Junior World Champion Mason Parris en route to a major decision.[47] At the NCAAs, Steveson compiled two bonus points victories en route to the quarterfinals, where he faced '17 Cadet World Champion from Penn State Greg Kerkvliet, whom he was able to shut down but fell short of bonus points. Later, he major'd the fourth seed from Iowa Tony Cassioppi for the second time in the season and advanced to the finals, where he once again shut down Mason Parris to claim the NCAA National Championship.[48] After the season, the dominant Steveson was awarded the prestigious Dan Hodge Trophy as the best college wrestler of the season, along with Spencer Lee from Iowa.[49]

The newly crowned NCAA champion and Dan Hodge Trophy winner, Steveson went back to freestyle and competed at the rescheduled US Olympic Team Trials from April 2 to 3 as the second seed, in an attempt to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[50] Steveson made his way to the best-of-three with dominant technical falls over two-time US Junior World Team Member Tanner Hall and Cadet World Champion Greg Kerkvliet, before facing 2019 Pan American Games Gold medalist and top-seed Nick Gwiazdowski.[51] In the first match, he racked up another technical fall over the two-time World Championship medalist and NCAA champion and in the second match he once again shut him down, this time by points, winning the championship bouts.[52] This result qualified Steveson to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.[53] He also warmed up at the Pan American Continental Championships on May 30, dominating all five of his opponents and helping the team sweep all ten freestyle medals.[54]

On August 5, Steveson competed at the first date of the men's freestyle 125 kg event, where he outscored his three high-level opponents with a combined perfect score of 23–0 to secure himself a medal and advance to the finals, demolishing '15 Asian Champion Aiaal Lazarev from Kyrgyzstan, defending Olympic champion and multiple-time World Champion Taha Akgül from Turkey and '19 U23 World medalist Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel from Mongolia.[55] After stunning the field on his way to the finale, he faced three-time and reigning World Champion Geno Petriashvili from Georgia.[55] Onto the second period, Steveson was up 4–0 with two takedowns, though the Georgian scored two points of his own to Steveson's one to make it 5–2, before truly turning the tables and scoring a takedown and two gut-wrenches for six points (5–8) with a minute and a half left.[56] With ten seconds left, Steveson scored a takedown to make it 7–8, and still trailing behind by a point, he rallied and got another takedown with half a second left to top the World Champion with a 9–8 score.[57] After a failed challenge by Petriashvili's corner, Steveson earned the 2020 Summer Olympic Games gold medal with a hard-fought 10–8 score over the Georgian.[58] With this new championship, Steveson became the first American super-heavyweight to win freestyle Olympic gold since Bruce Baumgartner in 1992.[59][60]

As an Olympic medalist, Steveson earned the right to automatically represent the United States at the 2021 World Championships without having to compete domestically to make the US World Team.[61] On August 15, 2021, Steveson notified USA Wrestling that he would reject the bid in order to pursue other ventures.[62]

2021–2022

In September 2021, it was announced that despite Steveson signing with WWE, he would return to college wrestling under an NIL deal.[63] Steveson ran through regular season and swept the B1G Championship not short of bonus points, earning his third and last conference title with a 13–0 record.[64]

At the 2022 NCAA Division I National Championships, Steveson started off with two technical falls, before defeating Northwestern's Lucas Davison and Penn State's Greg Kerkvliet by decision to cruise to the finals.[65] In the finale, he defeated previously unbeaten in the season Cohlton Schultz from Arizona State University, six points to two.[66] After the win, Steveson gave his last signature backflip in a Minnesota singlet and, in an emotional moment, left his shoes on the center of the mat as a sign of respect for the sport and signaling retirement from amateur wrestling, followed by a standing ovation by the crowd.[66] After the tournament, Steveson was named the most outstanding wrestler.[67]

Steveson went out as one of the greatest and most dominant collegiate wrestlers in the history of the sport, as a Dan Hodge Trophy winner, two-time NCAA Division I National champion and three-time Big Ten Conference champion.[68]

Professional wrestling career

WWE

In late 2020, Steveson said pursuing a career in WWE as a professional wrestler in order to become a superstar is "a dream I've had since I was a kid".[69] Prior to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Steveson signed a Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) marketing deal with MMA manager Dave Martin.[70] After winning the Olympic gold medal, Steveson gained massive notoriety on social media, and teased the public on whether he would continue wrestling or pursue a career in mixed martial arts or professional wrestling next.[71] Steveson then made a brief appearance at WWE's SummerSlam event on August 21, 2021,[72] and then on September 4, it was announced that Steveson had reportedly signed a contract with WWE.[73] Five days later, WWE confirmed they had signed Steveson to an NIL (Next In Line) deal. Steveson is only the second Olympic gold medalist to be signed by the company, after Kurt Angle.[74] During a July 2022 interview, former WWE star Mr. Kennedy confirmed he is training Steveson.

Raw (2021–present)

As part of the 2021 WWE Draft, a storyline process in which the company assigns the wrestlers to exclusively appear on a certain show, Steveson was drafted to the Raw brand,[75] which became effective October 22, 2021.[76] Steveson would make his first appearance in April 2022 at WrestleMania 38 Night 1, being introduced by Stephanie McMahon. At WrestleMania Night 2, Steveson confronted Chad Gable after the opening match and delivered a suplex to him.

Freestyle record

Senior Freestyle Matches Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location 2020 Summer Olympics at 125 kg Win 34–6 Geno Petriashvili 10–8 August 5–6, 2021 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan Win 33–6 Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel 5–0 Win 32–6 Taha Akgül 8–0 Win 31–6 Aiaal Lazarev TF 10–0 2021 Pan American Championships at 125 kg Win 30–6 Aly Barghout TF 10–0 May 30, 2021 2021 Pan American Continental Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala Win 29–6 Eduardo Garcia TF 10–0 Win 28–6 Aly Barghout TF 10–0 Win 27–6 Santiago Restrepo TF 10–0 Win 26–6 Christian Chajón TF 10–0 2020 US Olympic Team Trials at 125 kg Win 25–6 Nick Gwiazdowski 10–4 April 2–3, 2021 2020 US Olympic Team Trials Fort Worth, Texas Win 24–6 Nick Gwiazdowski TF 10–0 Win 23–6 Greg Kerkvliet TF 11–0 Win 22–6 Tanner Hall TF 11–0 FloWrestling RTC Cup 6th at 125 kg as Gopher RTC Win 21–6 Jordan Wood TF 10–0 December 4–5, 2020 FloWrestling RTC Cup Austin, Texas Win 20–6 Nick Gwiazdowski 4–1 Win 19–6 Trent Hillger TF 11–0 September 17, 2020 2020 Beat The Streets New York City, New York 2019 Bill Farrell Memorial at 125 kg Win 18–6 Dom Bradley 4–1 November 15–16, 2019 2019 Bill Farrell Memorial International New York City, New York Win 17–6 Youssif Hemida 7–3 Win 16–6 AJ Nevills TF 10–0 Win 15–6 Jeremy Benton TF 11–0 2019 Medved International at 125 kg Loss 14–6 Khasanboy Rakhimov TF 0–12 August 9–11, 2019 2019 Alexander Medved Prizes Ranking Series Minsk, Belarus Win 14–5 Jordan Wood TF 10–0 Win 13–5 Aleksander Kosenkov TF 10–0 2019 US World Team Trials at 125kg Loss 12–5 Nick Gwiazdowski 3–3 June 7–8, 2019 2019 Final X: Rutgers New Brunswick, New Jersey Loss 12–4 Nick Gwiazdowski 4–4 Win 12–3 Adam Coon 8–1 May 17–19, 2019 2019 US World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Raleigh, North Carolina Win 11–3 Adam Coon TF 13–3 Win 10–3 Tony Nelson 5–1 Win 9–3 Dom Bradley 7–3 Win 8–3 Nick Nevills TF 10–0 2018 US World Team Trials 4th at 125 kg Loss 7–3 Tony Nelson 4–4 May 18–20, 2018 2018 US World Team Trials Challenge Rochester, Minnesota Win 7–2 Dom Bradley 5–4 Win 6–2 Tanner Hall TF 15–2 2018 US Open 4th at 125 kg Loss 5–2 Dom Bradley 2–2 April 24–28, 2018 2018 US Open Championships Las Vegas, Nevada Win 5–1 Tanner Hall TF 11–0 Win 4–1 Mike Kosoy 9–0 Win 3–1 Zachery Roseberry TF 11–0 Loss 2–1 Adam Coon TF 0–11 Win 2–0 Shawn Streck TF 14–0 Win 1–0 Dominic Balmer TF 10–0

NCAA record

NCAA Division I Matches Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Start of 2021–2022 Season (senior year) End of 2020–2021 Season (junior year) 2021 NCAA Championships at 285 lbs Win 67–2 Mason Parris 8–4 March 18–20, 2021 2021 NCAA Division I National Championships Win 66–2 Tony Cassioppi MD 16–6 Win 65–2 Greg Kerkvliet 9–4 Win 64–2 Wyatt Hendrickson TF 17–2 Win 63–2 Taye Ghadiali Fall 2021 Big Ten Conference at 285 lbs Win 62–2 Mason Parris MD 12–4 March 6–7, 2021 2021 Big Ten Conference Championships Win 61–2 Christian Lance INJ Win 60–2 Tate Orndorff TF 19–4 Win 59–2 Jack Heyob TF 16–1 February 21, 2021 Northwestern - Minnesota Dual Win 58–2 Peter Christensen Fall February 12, 2021 Minnesota - Wisconsin Dual Win 57–2 Luke Luffman Fall February 5, 2021 Illinois - Minnesota Dual Win 56–2 Boone McDermott TF 17–2 January 31, 2021 Minnesota - Rutgers Dual Win 55–2 Jamarcus Grant TF 24–8 Minnesota - Purdue Dual Win 54–2 Tony Cassioppi MD 14–6 January 22, 2021 Iowa - Minnesota Dual Win 53–2 Brad Wilton TF 23–8 January 16, 2021 Minnesota - Michigan State Dual Win 52–2 Connor Bowes Fall Maryland - Minnesota Dual Win 51–2 Christian Lance TF 23–8 January 8, 2021 Minnesota - Nebraska Dual Start of 2020–2021 Season (junior year) End of 2019–2020 Season (sophomore year) 2020 Big Ten Championships at 285 lbs Win 50–2 Mason Parris 8–6 March 7–8, 2020 2020 Big Ten Conference Championships Win 49–2 Tony Cassioppi 9–4 Win 48–2 Alex Esposito Fall Win 47–2 Christian Lance MD 19–7 February 21, 2020 Nebraska - Minnesota Dual Win 46–2 Tony Cassioppi 7–5 February 15, 2020 Minnesota - Iowa Dual Win 45–2 Seth Nevills MD 13–5 February 9, 2020 Penn State - Minnesota Dual Win 44–2 Brandon Streck Fall February 2, 2020 Minnesota - Indiana Dual Win 43–2 Thomas Penola TF 25–10 January 31, 2020 Minnesota - Purdue Dual Win 42–2 Gary Traub MD 13–2 January 26, 2020 Ohio State - Minnesota Dual Win 41–2 Trent Hillger 10–5 January 10, 2020 Wisconsin - Minnesota Dual Win 40–2 Brendan Furman MD 12–3 December 30, 2019 Minnesota - Cornell Dual Win 39–2 Jonah Niesenbaum Fall Duke - Minnesota Dual Win 38–2 Will Hilliard Fall December 29, 2019 Old Dominion - Minnesota Dual Win 37–2 Jordan Wood MD 8–0 Lehigh - Minnesota Dual Win 36–2 Blake Wolters MD 21–8 December 20, 2019 Minnesota - South Dakota State Dual Start of 2019–2020 Season (sophomore year) End of 2018–2019 Season (freshman year) 2019 NCAA Championships at 285 lbs Win 35–2 Jordan Wood 4–0 March 21–23, 2019 2019 NCAA Division I National Championships Win 34–2 Youssif Hemida 6–2 Loss 33–2 Anthony Cassar 3–4 Win 33–1 Amar Dhesi MD 11–1 Win 32–1 Brian Andrews MD 21–8 Win 31–1 Zack Parker TF 18–3 2019 Big Ten Championships at 285 lbs Loss 30–1 Anthony Cassar 3–4 March 9–10, 2019 2019 Big Ten Conference Championships Win 30–0 Trent Hillger 10–4 Win 29–0 Sam Stoll 5–3 Win 28–0 Christian Colucci TF 21–6 Win 27–0 Fletcher Miller TF 20–5 February 17, 2019 Indiana - Minnesota Dual Win 26–0 Youssif Hemida 7–4 February 10, 2019 Maryland - Minnesota Dual Win 25–0 David Jensen MD 13–5 February 8, 2019 Minnesota - Nebraska Dual Win 24–0 Jacob Aven MD 16–6 February 3, 2019 Purdue - Minnesota Dual Win 23–0 Trent Hillger MD 11–2 January 25, 2019 Minnesota - Wisconsin Dual Win 22–0 Conan Jennings 9–5 January 20, 2019 Minnesota - Northwestern Dual Win 21–0 Deuce Rachal Fall January 18, 2019 Minnesota - Illinois Dual Win 20–0 Connor Corbin MD 12–3 January 13, 2019 Iowa - Minnesota Dual Win 19–0 Christian Colucci TF 17–2 January 6, 2019 Rutgers - Minnesota Dual Win 18–0 FF FF December 30, 2018 Utah Valley - Minnesota Dual Win 17–0 Spencer Berthold Fall Kent State - Minnesota Dual Win 16–0 Cory Gillilland-Daniel Fall December 29, 2018 Minnesota - North Carolina Dual Win 15–0 Jordan Wood 9–4 Lehigh - Minnesota Dual Win 14–0 FF FF December 8, 2018 Minnesota - Fresno State Dual 2018 Cliff Keen Invitational at 285 lbs Win 13–0 Tate Orndorff MD 12–4 November 30 - December 1, 2018 2018 Cliff Keen Invitational Win 12–0 Cory Daniel 9–3 Win 11–0 AJ Nevills MD 15–6 Win 10–0 John Borst TF 18–3 Win 9–0 Luke Ready Fall Win 8–0 Blake Wolters TF 18–3 November 25, 2018 South Dakota State - Minnesota Dual Win 7–0 Derek White 8–2 November 18, 2018 Oklahoma State - Minnesota Dual 2018 Bison Open at 285 lbs Win 6–0 Tanner Hall SV–1 3–1 November 10, 2018 2018 Bison Open Win 5–0 Daniel Stibral 11–6 Win 4–0 Samuel Erckenbrack TF 20–5 2018 Daktronics Open at 285 lbs Win 3–0 Rylee Streifel 8–4 November 4, 2018 2018 Daktronics Open Win 2–0 Christian Lance 12–6 Win 1–0 Austin Emmerson MD 15–6 Start of 2018-2019 Season (freshman year)

Stats

Season Year School Rank Record Weigh Class Win Bonus 2022 Senior University of Minnesota #1 100.00% 2021 Junior #1 12–0 100.00% 87.5% 2020 Sophomore #1 (DNQ) 15–0 100.00% 73.33% 2019 Freshman #3 (3rd) 35–2 94.59% 55.26% Career 62–2 96.88% 72.03%

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