MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kevin Steinhaus is enjoying a break-out season with the Gopher wrestling team. He has 20 wins already registered. He is, to an extent, the epitome of a program steeped in tradition.
Steinhaus was a leader in high school as the quarterback at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and taking his team to the Metrodome.
“It was a lot of fun playing on a football team and especially going to the state semi-finals, then to the finals in our senior year. It was a really cool experience,” said Steinhaus.
But now, football is in the past and the present is his number one sport — wrestling for the Golden Gophers and working his way to an already 20-win season.
“Pushing yourself as hard as you can in every workout and never letting yourself say ‘I’m going to take this one easy.’ … Just going as hard as you can every time,” he said.
Some of that can be traces to his days in the Kerkhoven area, a small-town boy growing up outside of town on the family farm.
He’s very diligent. He’s a hard worker,” said J Robinson. “He realizes that in order to get there that it’s hard work. He can out-work about 90 percent of all Americans.”
He symbolizes what Robinson wants in his program. That’s why his sights are set high — another part of the gopher tradition.
“I want to win a national championship. That’s the goal, that’s what we all train for here,” said Steinhaus. “You can’t settle for anything less than a national championship otherwise … where are you headed for in your trainings?”
WCCO-TV’s Mike Max Reports