September 23, 2022


Wrestling | 7/30/2021 4:50:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS – Olympic wrestling is about to get underway on the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo as Minnesota heavyweight and 125kg U.S. Olympic Workforce member Gable Steveson appears to be like to cap his first Olympic expertise on the prime step of the rostrum carrying the gold medal. 

Wrestling competitors will happen from Friday, July 31 to August 7 at Makuhari Messe Corridor A on the Olympic campus, nevertheless Steveson should wait till Wednesday, August 4 till he is ready to toe the road at middle circle. 

COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE

Whereas Minnesota falls 14 hours behind Japan Customary Time (JST) in Tokyo, NBC and the Olympics will nonetheless have full protection of all of the motion for many who wish to observe alongside stay

Under is a complete schedule of all Olympic wrestling motion all through the course of the week, with Steveson’s competitors instances highlighted in daring.

**All instances in Central Daylight Financial savings Time

Saturday, July 31

9:00-11:00PM: 

Greco-Roman 60kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 76kg (Prelims & Quarterfinals)

Sunday, August 1

4:15-5:15AM

Greco-Roman 60kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 76kg (Semifinals)

9:00-11:00PM

Greco-Roman 60kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 76kg (Repechage)

Greco-Roman 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 68kg (Prelims & Quarterfinals)

Monday, August 2

4:15-8:00AM

Greco-Roman 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 68kg (Semifinals)

Greco-Roman 60kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 76kg (Medal Matches)

9:00-11:30PM

Greco-Roman 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 68kg (Repechage)

Greco-Roman 67kg, Greco-Roman 87kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 62kg (Prelims & Quarterfinals)

Tuesday, August 3

4:15-8:00AM

Greco-Roman 67kg, Greco-Roman 87kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 62kg (Semifinals)

Greco-Roman 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 68kg (Medal Matches)

9:00-11:30PM

Greco-Roman 67kg, Greco-Roman 87kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 62kg (Repechage)

Males’s Freestyle 57kg, Males’s Freestyle 86kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 57kg (Prelims & Quarterfinals)

Wednesday, August 4

4:15-8:00AM

Males’s Freestyle 57kg, Males’s Freestyle 86kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 57kg (Semifinals)

Greco-Roman 67kg, Greco-Roman 87kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 62kg (Medal Matches)

9:00-11:30PM

Males’s Freestyle 57kg, Males’s Freestyle 86kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 57kg (Repechage)

Males’s Freestyle 74kg, Males’s Freestyle 125kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 53kg (Prelims & Quarterfinals)

Thursday, August 5

4:15-8:00AM

Males’s Freestyle 74kg, Males’s Freestyle 125kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 53kg (Semifinals)

Males’s Freestyle 57kg, Males’s Freestyle 86kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 57kg (Medal Matches)

9:00-11:30PM

Males’s Freestyle 74kg, Males’s Freestyle 125kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 53kg (Repechage)

Males’s Freestyle 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 50kg (Prelims & Quarterfinals)

Friday, August 6

4:15-8:00AM

Males’s Freestyle 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 50kg (Semifinals)

Males’s Freestyle 74kg, Males’s Freestyle 125kg, and Ladies’s Freestyle 53kg (Medal Matches)

Saturday, August 7

4:15-8:00AM 

Males’s Freestyle 97kg and Ladies’s Freestyle 50kg (Repechage & Medal Matches)

NBC will even replay all broadcasts throughout their numerous platforms to assist swimsuit native viewers, as an entire and complete streaming schedule for each stay and replay broadcasts might be discovered right here:

THE START OF THE GABLE ERA

Whereas his star energy and his expertise have been current all through his profession, 2021 will probably be remembered because the breakout yr for Gable Steveson

Collegiately, Steveson dominated in each match, incomes himself a second Huge Ten Championship, a long-awaited NCAA title, and the Dan Hodge Trophy, an award given to essentially the most dominant wrestler in faculty wrestling. 

Nevertheless, other than folkstyle, Gable made leaps and bounds on the freestyle scene as nicely. After a dominant efficiency in opposition to Trent Hillger at Beat The Streets, Steveson got here into the RTC Cup with one man in thoughts: Nick Gwiazdowski. 

Previous to this yr, Gwiazdowski had defeated Steveson in a pair of matches at Closing X in 2019, and was a two-time World bronze medalist. Steveson, together with the remainder of the wrestling neighborhood, knew that Gwiazdowski was the person standing between him and an Olympic Workforce spot, and when the RTC Cup got here round in December, Steveson obtained one of the best of the NC State alumnus of their first assembly since these earlier losses, profitable by a rating of 4-1. 

With a rising confidence and the newest victory in opposition to his foe, Steveson was within the driver’s seat heading into the U.S Olympic Trials the place he would meet Gwiazdowski as soon as once more within the finals. This time he rolled in opposition to Gwiazdowski, sweeping the best-of-three sequence with victories by a rating of 10-0 and 12-4 respectively and punching his ticket to Tokyo. 

Together with his spot on the Olympic Trials secured, Steveson dominated in his most up-to-date efficiency on the Pan American Video games in Guatemala Metropolis, Guatemala. The Apple Valley, Minn., outscored his opponents 50-0 in 5 matches en path to a Pan American gold, setting the stage for his first Olympic Video games. 

DETHRONING THE KINGS – A LOOK AT THE FIELD

If Gable plans on coming house with the gold medal, he’ll almost definitely need to undergo Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili or Turkey’s Taha Akgul, if not each. Since 2014, no person has gained a World or Olympic gold medal apart from these two males. 

Petriashvili is the three-time reigning world champion courting again to 2017, profitable his first World title in 2017 and defeating Akgul in each the 2017 and 2019 World Finals. The Georgian additionally owns two World bronze medals from 2013 and 2015, in addition to the 2016 Olympic bronze. 

Akgul is the reigning Olympic gold medalist and in addition holds the newest victory over Petriashvili after defeating him 6-1 on the 2021 European Championships. On the World Championships, the Turkish heavyweight has collected a powerful set of {hardware}, with two golds, two silvers, and a bronze, together with his most up-to-date World championship coming in 2016. 

Between the 2 wrestling giants, Taha Akgul holds a 6-2 sequence lead over Petriashvili courting again to 2013. 

the remainder of the sector, different contenders embody Yusep Batirmurzaev (Kazakhstan), Amir Hossein Zane (Iran), Oleksandr Khotsianivksi (Ukraine), and Zhiwei Deng (China). 

Coming into Steveson into the fold, Gable is available in with much less Senior-level expertise than a few of his opposition, nevertheless his worldwide resume at decrease age ranges is spectacular nonetheless, with two Cadet World championships, in addition to Junior World gold and silver medals which he earned in 2017 and 2018. Steveson solely has one prior match in opposition to anyone within the 125kg Olympic draw, when he defeated Mongolian qualifier Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur on the 2018 Junior World Championships. 

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

When Gable steps foot on the mat to compete subsequent week, he can have the chance to do what no former Gopher olympian has ever finished, which is to convey house a gold medal. 

Steveson is the eleventh Olympian in program historical past, and the primary since Jake Deichtler competed on the Beijing Olympics in 2012. Garrett Lowney was the Gophers’ most up-to-date Olympic medalist when he gained the 97kg Greco-Roman bronze in 2000. 

Minnesota’s closest alternative to an Olympic gold got here in 1996 when Brandon Paulson introduced house the silver medal, profitable his first three Olympic matches earlier than in the end falling to Armenia’s Armen Nazaryan within the finals. 

When talking on Gable’s preparation in direction of the Summer season Video games, head coach Brandon Eggum mentioned that he believes that Steveson has finished sufficient to convey house the gold. 

“We’re actually excited for him to have the chance to characterize the College of Minnesota and Workforce USA”, Eggum mentioned. “He is labored actually onerous and is in an important spot together with his preparation. Clearly, his aim is to go over there and convey again the gold, and in 4 weeks, we consider that we’re going to crown an Olympic champion.”

We’re certain to search out out quickly sufficient.



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