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Gophers’ Gable Steveson wins third Big Ten wrestling title, this time by forfeit

Steveson was named Big Ten wrestler of the year as voted by the coaches

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Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson celebrates after defeating Michigan Wolverines wrestler Mason Parris in the championship match of the 285 weight class during the finals of the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
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LINCOLN, Neb. — Gophers star Gable Steveson won his third consecutive title at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on Sunday, and he barely had to step onto the mat.

Steveson, a senior from Apple Valley, became just the seventh wrestler in Minnesota history to win at least three titles when Tony Casioppi of Iowa medically forfeited the championship match to Steveson.

Steveson, the No. 1 seed, upped his season record to 13-0. A senior, he will wrap up his college career at the NCAA Championships in Detroit from March 17-19.

He was named Big Ten wrestler of the year as voted by the coaches.

The former Apple Valley High School star is coming off an incredible unbeaten 2021 season during which he won Big Ten, NCAA and Olympic championships.

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Steveson was one of nine Gophers to automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament. Other place-winners for Minnesota were Patrick McKee, third at 125 pounds; Jake Bergeland, third at 141; Michael Blockhus, fifth at 149; Cael Carlson, seventh at 165; Jake Gliva, eighth at 133; Isaiah Salazar, eighth at 184; and Michial Foy, 11th at 197.

Former Simley High School star Daniel Kerkviet of Penn State finished third at 285 pounds, beating Mason Parris of Michigan 5-3 in the third-place match.

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