Minnesotan Wins Gold Medal in Olympic Wrestling in Tokyo
TOKYO -- A Minnesota wrestler has won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Apple Valley-nativeGable StevesonGeno Petriashvili
Georgia challenged the final points, to no avail.
Steveson, as is customary after his biggest wins, celebrated with a backflip.
Steveson outscored his opponents 23-0 in the first three rounds. He rolled past
2016 Olympic gold medalist Taha Akgul 8-0 in the quarterfinals.
Petriashvili, the No. 1 seed, is a three-time world champion who was an Olympic bronze medalist in the class in 2016.
He led Steveson 8-5 in the final minute, but couldn't handle the 21-year-old's quickness late.
Petriashvili is the three-time World Champion. He won the bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio.
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Steveson won the 2021 NCAA championship earlier this year wrestling for the University of Minnesota.
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