Gable Steveson took his shoes off and placed them in the center of the mat after he won the 285-pound title at the 2022 NCAA Championships in March. It symbolized his final competitive match and it marked a new chapter in his athletic career. Steveson signed a multi-year contract with World Wrestling Entertaining (WWE) that could make the 2020 Olympic gold medalist a global superstar. He even made an appearance with fellow Olympian Chad Gable (real name Chas Betts) at this year’s Wrestlemania.
Now, all of that could be on hold for a year according to an article by Andy Greder published in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. The 21-year-old is exploring a return to the Golden Gophers for the 2022-23 season, which means he would put his shoes back on and wrestle one more time.
Steveson alluded to a possible return during his post-NCAA tournament press conference — if the money is right. Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) has changed the landscape of college athletics and could incentivize the Apple Valley native to return to college wrestling.
You can read the entire article by Andy Greder here and watch his post-NCAA championships interview below.
Gable Steveson hinted at a possible return to college wrestling if the money was right.