At the finals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Gable Steveson won by defeating Arizona State’s Cohlton Schultz, he left his shoes on the mat which is seen as a sign of retirement in wrestling.
Gable Steveson is one of the most decorated wrestlers in college history. His NCAA final was undefeated, he won the Dan Hodge Trophy with Spencer Lee, then went to Tokyo and won an Olympic gold medal.
Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis finished as the runner-up, three first-place votes behind Nick Lee and a total of five ahead of his third-place medal.
Stevenson once again won the fan vote, this time with an 82% margin of victory. They finished with 8,739 votes out of 25,990 casts. Lee from Penn State grabbed second place, but Keegan O’Toole from Missouri grabbed the 165lbs championship in 2022 as a sophomore. With a 64% bonus point percentage following his perfect 25-0 season, he finished in second place with 4,344 votes. Jackson from Maryland rounded out third place with 3,167 votes and lastly, Diakimkalvitis got fourth for two thousand five hundred eighty-five votes.
“That’s really something,” said Steveson, when notified he had won the prestigious award for the second straight time. “And to be the first heavyweight to do it twice really means a lot to me.”