Read all about Gable Steveson’s return & more in latest WIN

Updated: May 24, 2023

The United States’ best men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers will be on display June 10 in Newark, N.J., for Final X, the annual event where 30 wrestlers win spots on the U.S. Senior World Team that will compete in the 2023 UWW World Championships this September in Serbia.

But before that special event, USA Wrestling created two qualifying events: the U.S. Open in April and the World Team Trials Challenge tournament in May that sent 47 of the 60 wrestlers who will compete in the Best-of-3 matches at the Prudential Center. The other competitors who qualified were medal winners from last fall’s World Championships, who earned automatic berths to Final X.

Of all the wrestlers who qualified for Final X, the most notable was Gable Steveson, the 2020 Olympic gold medalist who “retired” after winning a second NCAA championship for Minnesota in 2022 to start a career as a WWE professional wrestler. WIN Magazine caught up with the former Gopher after dominating a tough field in Las Vegas for a feature in the recent issue that was printed on May 24.

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The following is a list of the feature stories that appear in this issue of WIN.

Page 8 – GABLE’S NEXT CHAPTER – The 2020 Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ/Hodge Trophy winner from Minnesota agrees that his wrestling life is an open book as he returns to amateur wrestling while performing in the WWE.

Page 10 – ILLINOIS/USA WRESTLING NOTEBOOK – The state freestyle tournament provided plenty of drama for a large group of kids competing in Aurora. That included an on-going rivalry between prep stars Sydney Perry and Valerie Hamilton.

Page 11 – USA WRESTLING WEST REGION NOTEBOOK – USA Wrestling Utah’s Executive Director Jeff Newby talks about the Turf Wars, Western States Championships and Kid Nationals that take place in Farmington, Utah in June.

Page 12 – IOWA USA WRESTLING NOTEBOOK – T.J. Moen wants his young wrestlers from the Moen Wrestling Academy in Des Moines to jump right into the sport 100% so they’re able to quickly improve and reach their full potential.

Page 13 – KANSAS USAW WRESTLING NOTEBOOK – Five wrestlers with a Kansas connection — Kaylynn Albrecht, Cade Lautt, Wyatt Hendrickson, Corbin Nirschl and Daniel DeShazer — all enjoyed some big moments at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

Page 22 – U.S. OPEN RECAP – MEN’S FREESTYLE – Among the American men who made the biggest impact in Las Vegas to earn a trip to Final X were 2023 NCAA champ Vito Arujau from Cornell and J’den Cox after moving up a weight to face Kyle Snyder in Newark.

Page 26 – WORLD TEAM TRIALS CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT – This event, which qualified the final 17 wrestlers for Final X, gave several veterans a second chance at the best-of-three series to make the U.S. World Team, including Nahshon Garrett, Adeline Gray and Adam Coon.

Page 28 – OLDER & WISER – Michigan-native Dalton Roberts certainly has matured from the days he was almost too light to compete to where he defeated his U.S. Army WCAP-rival Ildar Hafizov, whom he will meet again at Final X.

Page 29 – U.S. OPEN RECAP – GRECO-ROMAN – Several young wrestlers like Brady Koontz, Hayden Tuma, Robert Perez III and Justus Scott earned their trips to Final X as did veteran Joe Rau, who is simply enjoying life and the sport at a heavier weight.

Page 32 – SUNKIST KIDS – The Sunkist Kids WC has been around since 1976 and provided some of the first opportunities for women. But, the current crop of young women like Kennedy Blades are making waves for head coach Mark Perry.

Page 33 – U.S. OPEN RECAP – WOMEN’S FREESTYLE Among the big winners in Las Vegas were high school wrestler Audrey Jimenez, who rallied to beat Alyssa Lampe at 50 kilograms, and NAIA champ Adaugo Nwachukwu whose college program shut down.

Page 44 – RMN EVENTS FEATURE – ANDREW ALIREZ – In becoming Northern Colorado’s first NCAA champion in 61 years, the 141-pound junior talks about how his college hometown and Rocky Mountain Nationals prepared him for his moment in Tulsa.

You will also find WIN’s first Summer High School rankings as well as mind-provoking columns by Dan Gable, Mike Chapman, John Klessinger, Kyle Klingman, Rob Sherrill and Sandy Stevens and training/technique pages by Zach Even-Esh, Eric Everard and former Minnesota coach J Robinson.