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Gable Steveson Is Competing At Final X Wrestling 2023: What You Should Know

Gable Steveson Is Competing At Final X Wrestling 2023: What You Should Know

Gable Steveson qualified for Final X Wrestling 2023 as the 125kg winner at the 2023 U.S. Open Wrestling Championships in April. What to know.

Jun 1, 2023 by Matt Cannizzaro

To earn his spot at Final X 2023, Gable Steveson defeated two-time World Championships bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in a technical fall victory at the 2023 U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

Steveson is just 23, one year removed from a stellar collegiate career at the University of Minnesota and likely on his way to a career wrestling with the big personalities of WWE.

He does still have the desire to compete at the amateur level, which could lead to a return to the Olympics in 2024.

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His Final X opponent will be Mason Parris, who was the 125kg winner at the recent 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, where he defeated Gwiazdowski, 6-2.

This year’s edition of Final X will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on June 10. The event will feature the top two wrestlers at every weight class in a best-of-three series, with the winners making the 2023 United States World Team. 

The world team will travel to Belgrade, Serbia, to compete at the 2023 Senior World Championships from Sept. 16-24. 

Check below for the current matchups for Final X and a brief explanation of how each wrestler qualified for the 2023 event.

Here’s what to know about Gable Steveson:

Gable Steveson Has Reached The Pinnacle

He may be young, but Steveson has quite the collection of hardware, including a gold medal from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo (125kg), where he defeated Georgia's Geno Petriashvili with a last-second spin-behind takedown.

Gable Steveson Won In College – Before And After Olympics

After winning his Olympic gold medal, Steveson return to the University of Minnesota for his senior season, and the result was a second NCAA title (2021, 2022). Both were at 285 pounds.

While with the Gophers, he also earned three Big Ten titles (2020, 2021, 2022), was the Hodge Trophy winner twice (2021, 2022) and left school with an 85-2 record. He was undefeated his last three seasons. 

Prior to his time with the Gophers, Steveson collected four states titles for Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. His high school record was 210-3.

Steveson also is a two-time Cadet World Champion and past Junior World Champion.

WWE Likely Is Next For Gable Steveson

Prior to the Tokyo Olympics, it was discovered that Steven had a rare heart defect. Luckily, he later was able to get the required treatment and is expected to have a presence in WWE.

In the fall of 2021, Stevenson became the second Olympic champion (with Kurt Angle) to be signed by WWE, and his career has begun with a few small appearances. He has continued his training, and a formal WWE debut could be around the corner. His brother, Bobby, also is under contract with WWE.

Gable Steveson Wrestling Ranking 

In the most recent Domestic Men’s Freestyle rankings on FloWrestling, Steveson ranked first in the 125kg weight class. 

Here are the top 5: 

  1. Gable Steveson 
  2. Mason Parris
  3. Hayden Zillmer
  4. Nick Gwiazdowski
  5. Dom Bradley

Here are the complete rankings.

How Wrestlers Qualify For Final X Wrestling 2023

A wrestler can qualify for Final X in one of three ways.

First, all 2022 senior world medalists automatically qualified for Final X. There were seven wrestlers in men’s freestyle, six in women’s freestyle and zero in Greco-Roman who met this criterion.

Next, all champions from the 2023 US Open (held April 26-30) automatically qualified for Final X.

Finally, for the weights that didn’t have a returning world medalist, the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament (May 20-21) champion will earn a spot in Final X. 

Men’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 57 kg: *Thomas Gilman vs Zane Richards
  • 61 kg: Vito Arujau vs Nahshon Garrett
  • 65 kg: *Yianni Diakomihalis vs Nick Lee
  • 70 kg: *Zain Retherford vs Tyler Berger
  • 74 kg: *Kyle Dake vs Jason Nolf
  • 79 kg: *Jordan Burroughs vs Chance Marsteller
  • 86 kg: *David Taylor vs Aaron Brooks
  • 92 kg: Michael Macchiavello vs Zahid Valencia
  • 97kg: *Kyle Snyder vs J’den Cox
  • 125 kg: Gable Steveson vs Mason Parris

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Women’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 50 kg: *Sarah Hildebrandt vs Audrey Jimenez
  • 53 kg: *Dominique Parrish vs Katie Gomez
  • 55 kg: Alisha Howk vs Jacarra Winchester
  • 57 kg: *Helen Maroulis vs Xochitl Mota-Pettis 
  • 59 kg: Michaela Beck vs Jennifer Page
  • 62 kg: *Kayla Miracle vs Adaugo Nwachukwu
  • 65 kg: Mallory Velte vs Macey Kilty
  • 68 kg: Forrest Molinari vs Emma Bruntil
  • 72 kg: *Amit Elor vs Joye Levendusky
  • 76 kg: Kennedy Blades vs. Adeline Gray

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Men’s Greco-Roman Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 55 kg: Brady Koontz vs Dalton Duffield
  • 60 kg: Dalton Roberts vs Ildar Hafizov
  • 63 kg: Hayden Tuma vs Xavier Johnson
  • 67 kg: Robert Perez III vs Alejandro Sancho
  • 72 kg: Justus Scott vs Patrick Smith
  • 77 kg: Kamal Bey vs Aliaksandr Kikiniou
  • 82 kg: Spencer Woods vs Ryan Epps
  • 87 kg: Alan Vera vs Zachary Braunagel
  • 97 kg: Josef Rau vs Christian Dulaney
  • 130 kg: Cohlton Schultz vs Adam Coon

How To Watch Final X Wrestling 2023 

Final X will stream live on FloWrestling and the FloSports app.

FloWresting also will serve as home of match archives and provide the latest news from Final X.