STrib: A show within a show: Gophers' Gable Steveson electrifies NCAA wrestling


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Nov 11, 2008
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A minute into Gable Steveson’s first home wrestling match for the Gophers, he took down the No. 3 heavyweight in the country with a near fall, the Maturi Pavilion crowd erupting in cheers while Derek White struggled on his back.

Then in the second period, Steveson danced across the mat, scissor-stepping the iconic Muhammad Ali shuffle while the audience chuckled.

As time expired that November day, the Gophers freshman had one arm wrapped around the Oklahoma State senior, the other raised to the fans, gesturing for them to applaud his 8-2 victory. When the buzzer sounded, Steveson bounced up, flexing his biceps, shouting, “This is my house! My house!”

Pretty bold for an 18-year-old taking on a wrestler five years his senior. But heading into Sunday’s meet against archrival Iowa, all that chest pounding and crowd rousing is just part of what the wrestling world is coming to know as the Gable Steveson Experience™.

To some, he’s entertaining. To others, he’s showboating.

“You get both sides. You get people that love it, and people that don’t,” Gophers coach Brandon Eggum said. “You don’t see it very often.”

Go Gophers!!

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