Normally you would say a star is born but, let’s face it: Gable Steveson was already a star. Earlier today, Steveson captured the gold medal in heavyweight freestyle wrestling toppling Geno Petriashvili who is a three time World Champion and a former Olympic bronze medalist.
Gable Steveson capped off the Olympic run the most fantastic way possible. After going up 4-0, Steveson gave up 8 points and was down 8-5. With under 30 seconds left, Steveson spins behind for the takedown bringing the score to 8-7 in advantage of Petriashvili with 6.5 seconds remaining. Steveson shoots and gets another spin behind for 2 points to go up 9-8 as time expired.
Gable Steveson Run Through The Olympics
Gable Steveson’s fantastic run through the Olympics has been the thing legends are made of. He first defeated former Olympian Aiaal Lazarev of Kyrgyzstan via tech fall. Things really heated up for Steveson when he took on former Olympic champion Taha Akgül of Turkey. Algül won the gold in 2016 at the Rio Olympics. Steveson shut out the former Olympic champion, 8-0. Mongolia’s Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel was next and Steveson won 5-0. And finally, he beat Petriashvili immortalizing himself in wrestling history.
It was just under six months ago, Gable Steveson won the NCAA D1 National Championships. Shortly after that, he went into the Team USA Olympic trials to claim his spot on the team. In the finals, he took on Olympic hopeful Nick Gwiazdowski who he had to beat twice. Of course, he did, once by tech fall and again by a score of 10-4.
Also medaling for Team USA today was Kyle Dake as he took home the bronze medal beating Frank Chamizo with a score 5-0. Tomorrow, Kyle Snyder and Abdulrashid Sadulaev have their rubber match for the gold medal as well. Yesterday, David Taylor took home his own gold medal in similar fashion.
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