State Wrestling: AV's Steveson Closes Career w/ 171-Match Streak, 4 Straight Titles

March 03, 2018 11:09 PM

Forty-two individual champions were crowned following the completion of two days of competition at the 2018 Minnesota State High School League state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.

Apple Valley senior Gable Steveson, the top-ranked heavyweight in the nation, led the parade of multiple champions by capturing his fourth individual title. The University of Minnesota recruit became the 18th wrestler in Minnesota prep history to win his fourth individual championship following a 17-second pin of Anoka senior Brandon Frankfurth in the Class AAA championship match.


Steveson celebrated his dominant state tournament and left Minnesota wrestling fans with one final athletic feat: A rousing backflip to the side of the mat, a move that brought thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

Steveson pinned his way through the tournament, his quickest in the championship and the slowest in 1:07 in the semifinals. Steveson finished his prep career with the fewest losses in Minnesota wrestling history. He finished his career 210-3. The three losses came during his eighth-grade season.

Entering the state tournament, three wrestlers held the state record for fewest losses with four: Mark Hall, Apple Valley, 277-4; Bobby Steveson, Apple Valley, 153-4; Jamey Keller, Foley, 163-4.

Steveson also finished his prep career on a 171-match winning streak. St. Cloud Apollo’s Mitch Bengtson holds the Minnesota state record for longest winning streak with 179 consecutive wins.

In other state tournament individual highlights:

• Pipestone Area’s Michael Suda, a senior, won his third individual title with a 13-9 victory over United South Central junior Blake Legred in the Class A 126-pound championship match.

• Teammate Hunter Burnett, a senior, won his third championship, too, following a 12-6 victory over St. Charles junior Mark Buringa in the Class A 132-pound title match.

• Simley’s Jake Gliva, a senior, captured his third individual championship with an 11-5 victory over South St. Paul senior Lorenzo Diaz in the Class AA 132-pound title match.

• His teammate, Daniel Kerkvliet, a junior, won his third title with a 20-4 technical fall victory in 4:12 over Delano Steven Hajas in the Class AA 220-pound championship match.

• Patrick McKee, a senior that helped St. Michael-Albertville to the Class AAA team title on Thursday, won his third individual crown with an injury default victory over Prior Lake senior Zach Smith in the 126-pound championship match.

• Shakopee senior Alex Lloyd won his third individual championship with a dandy 6-4 victory over Anoka senior Tyler Eischens in the Class AAA 152-pound match. Eischens, the Class AAA champion at 138 in 2017, entered the championship bout on a 97-match winning streak. Lloyd was the Class AAA champion at 145 in 2017.

• Owatonna senior Peyton Robb became a three-time champion with an 8-2 victory over St. Cloud Tech senior Austin Brenner in the Class AAA 160-pound match.

• Total attendance for the three-day tournament was 54,537.

Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League


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