Steve Bleise
Steve  Bleise

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Chelsea, Mich.

High School:
Chelsea High School

Weight:
157

Birthdate:
07/05/1996

Experience:
1L


03/16/2018

Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

Ethan Lizak’s march through wrestlebacks highlighted Minnesota’s second day at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland

03/15/2018

Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

Five Gophers will look to work their way through wrestlebacks tomorrow to earn All-America honors

03/14/2018

Gophers Prepared to Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Minnesota wraps up its 2017-18 season looking for another strong finish at the national tournament

03/16/2018

Friday Wrestlebacks

NCAA Wrestling Action

03/15/2018

NCAA Wrestling Day One

Division One Wrestling Action

03/04/2018

Final Day at Big Tens

Big Ten Wrestling Action

03/03/2018

First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.

01/21/2018

Minnesota vs Michigan

Big Ten Dual Meet

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Letterwinner ('17)
  • Three-time NCAA Qualifier ('16, '17, '18)
  • Finished in Round of 12 at 2017 NCAA Championships
  • Voted as the team's most courageous wrestler ('18)


2017-18 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Overall Record:
20-9
Dual Meet Record:
 1-1
Big Ten Record:
 9-6
Pins:
 3
Major Decisions:
3
Technical Falls:
2

NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • Transfered from Northern Illinois • finished 2-2 at NCAAs • finished seventh at 2018 Big Ten Championships • Made Minnesota dual debut against Illinois where he won 4-1 and helped Gophers complete comeback at home •  First 18 matches of the season came unattached in open tournaments • Took down No. 11 Joshua Maruca of Arizona State at Midlands Championships • Pinned No. 11 Eleazar Deluca of Rutgers at Big Ten Championships 

HIGH SCHOOL 
Four-time varsity letterwinner and team MVP at Chelsea High School • Earned all-state, all-area and all-conference honors each of his four seasons • Posted an undefeated record and won the state title as a senior • Went 45-1 as a junior with the Bulldogs en route to a second-place finish at the state tournament • Placed fourth at the state tournament in 2012, posting a record of 30-6 as a sophomore •  Helped CHS to a district team championship in 2013, along with runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012 • Finished with a 52-7 record as a freshman, setting Dexter High School's record for most wins in a season • Took fifth place at the state tournament in 2011 • Earned a spot on the 2013 junior duals all-star team with a 10-2 overall record • Competed in the USA Greco-Roman Nationals in 2013 • Attended the same high school as NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig


PERSONAL 
Born July 5, 1996, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • Son of Carl and Kathleen Bleise • Volunteers as a youth wrestling coach • Enjoys wakeboarding and tubing


Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2017-18 20-9 1-1 9-6 3 3 2 7th DNP
Totals 20-9 1-1 9-6 3 3 2 7th DNP

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