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Former U.S. Freestyle National Team Member

2008 Olympic Alternate

2008-09 Team Captain

• Steele in 2008-09 (Sr.): After a breakout year that saw him put together a 20-4 record and then earn a spot on the U.S. Freestyle National Team and a trip to the 2008 Olympics, Steele returned to anchor the Mids in his senior year ... selected by a vote of his peers to serve as team captain ... opened the year by winning his first nine matches and claiming the Eastern Michigan Open by defeating 12th-ranked Rashard Goff of Cleveland State in the finals ... wrestled his way into the finals at the Navy Classic where he would be upset by unranked Konrad Dudziak of Duke, 3-2, while also suffering an injury ... returned to the mat in mid-December where he would once again lose to Dudziak and finish in fourth place at the Reno Tournament of Champions ... won his first four matches at the Southern Scuffle, including back-to-back narrow decisions over No. 8 Joe Fendone of Edinboro and No. 7 Mitch Monteiro of Cal State Bakersfield before suffering a devastating shoulder injury ... ninth-ranked Jermail Porter of Kent State vastly outweighed Steele and used that weight in coming down on Steele's shoulder ... the injury was bad enough that Steele was forced to leave the Academy for a full year to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder and rehab it.
• Steele in National Competition (2009): Placed third in the 120 kg weight class (freestyle) at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. ... by virtue of his third-place finish, was named to the U.S. Freestyle National Team ... reported to training camp on July 3 at Arizona State where he served as Mocco's training partner ... spent the latter part of the month of July in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center ... invited by head coach Kevin Jackson to accompany Team USA to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics as Mocco's sparring partner and the alternate at 120 kg ... came into the competition seeded sixth after taking seventh place at the 2008 U.S. Freestyle National Championship ... opened up the tournament with a familiar foe, former two-time U.S. World Team member and 2005 World Bronze Medalist Tolly Thompson whom he lost to at the Freestyle National Championship ... avenged his loss by posting a 1-0, 0-2, 1-0 victory over the third-seeded Thompson ... went on to hand Tervel Dlagnev, a 2008 graduate of Nebraska-Kearney who won back-to-back Div. II national titles in 2007 and `08 ... Steele won by the narrowest of margins, taking the match, 2-2, 0-3, 1-1 ... the win catapulted him into the championship bout of the challenge matches and assured him the opportunity to fight for at worst a chance to be an alternate ... battled top-seeded Steve Mocco, a former two-time NCAA Champion and 2006 Pan American Games gold medalist, in the championship match where he dropped a 2-0, 7-0 decision ... moved on to the "True 3rd's" match where he defeated Virginia Tech assistant coach and former Real Pro Wrestling champion Patrick Cummins, 3-2, 2-0, to earn the second alternate spot ... placed seventh at the ASICS University Nationals ... was tripped up in the quarterfinals, dropping a 1-0, 1-0 decision to Iowa State's David Zabriskie ... came back to defeat Oregon's Charlie Alexander, 7-0, 3-0 in the consolation bracket before Konrad Dudziak (NYAC) denied him, 3-3, 1-0 ... faced Penn State's John Laboranti in the seventh-place match where he claimed a 1-0, 1-0 win.
• 2007-08 (Jr.): Turned in an impressive 20-4 record as the Mids' backup heavyweight ... began the season as the Mids' No. 1 heavyweight as Ed Prendergast recovered from off-season knee surgery ... Steele won his first 10 matches of the year, taking individual titles at the Eastern Michigan Open and the Navy Classic ... defeated Prendergast in the championship bout of each of those tournaments to win the first two crowns of his career ... dropped his first match of the season in the second round of the Reno Tournament of Champions where second-ranked Bubba Gritter of Central Michigan defeated Steele, 3-1 ... followed up by winning five in a row, including a 6-4 win over Gritter in the consolation bracket ... placed fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions after dropping a 6-2 decision to fourth-ranked Wade Sauer of Cal State Fullerton ... captured wins over No. 16 Mike Spaid (Bloomsburg) and ninth-ranked Zach Hammond (Cornell) en route to qualifying for the championship bout at the Southern Scuffle ... placed second at the Southern Scuffle where he was pinned in overtime (8:19) by Prendergast in the championship match ... turned in a 1-1 dual meet record, claiming a win by default against American, while falling to Wisconsin's Kyle Massey (No. 15), 3-1.
• 2006-07 (So.): Flourished on the mat in his sophomore campaign where he posted a 23-9 record, including a 1-1 mark in dual action ... won 16 of his last 19 matches ... turned in a 5-0 record, including a 5-2 record to defeat Maryland's Bryan Reiss in the championship match at the Edinboro Open ... placed eighth at the Southern Scuffle where he posted a 4-3 record ... produced a 7-1 record at the Nittany Lion Open to finish fifth ... upset 16th-ranked Rashard Goff of Cleveland State before defeating Liberty's Patrick Walker in the fifth-place match ... turned in a fourth-place performance at the Navy Classic ... pinned Cumberland's Xavier Taylor to earn his first dual match win ... won five matches by fall, including back-to-back pins at the Nittany Lion Open.
• 2005-06 (Fr.): Turned in a 5-3 record at 197 pounds in his first season with the Midshipmen ... claimed his first win over Army's Josh Ewing by a 5-4 decision at the McDaniel Duals ... dropped Thiel's D.J. Bross in a major decision, 16-2 ... placed fifth at the Navy Classic (184 pounds) by defeating Campbell's Kyle Higgins, 8-6.
• High School: A 2004 graduate of Towson High School, Steele attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2004-05 academic year ... a three-sport standout at Towson High, he earned letters in wrestling (4), lacrosse (3) and football (3) ... led Towson to a second-place finish at the 2003 state wrestling championship and in `04, Towson earned the state title with a 30-0 record ... earned All-State (Md.) and all-county honors as a senior ... also served as team captain his senior campaign.
• Personal: Full name is Scott August Steele ... son of John and Sue Steele ... born July 9, 1986, in Baltimore, Md. ... majoring in Economics ... his service assignment is Marine Corps Ground.

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