photo courtesy of Richard Immel
The Pittsburgh Panthers picked up their lightweight of the future on Tuesday night when Gary Steen gave the staff a verbal commitment. Steen is a two-time Pennsylvania state placewinner for Reynolds High School, placing third last season at 106 lbs after winning a state title in 2018. In December, Steen was listed as the #82 junior in the high school Class of 2021 though that is surely going to improve after the way he started the 2019-20 season. Steen has already captured titles at the Walsh Ironman and the Powerade, while competing at 113 lbs. It was the second year in a row that Steen won the Powerade. His performance at those major tournaments has elevated him to a fifth overall ranking in the nation that weight class. Other national level credentials for Gary include a seventh-place showing in Fargo at the Junior Greco-Roman National Championships, and third place at the 2018 Ironman.
Steen will join former Reynolds High School teammate Cole Matthews when he enrolls at Pitt during the 2021-22 school year. Matthews is the Panthers current starter at 141 lbs and a state champion, as well. Gary is the second verbal commitment for Pittsburgh head coach Keith Gavin in the Class of 2021. He’s expected to join another PA state champion, Brock McMillen (Glendale, PA), who has pledged to the Panthers. McMillen is likely to be a 141 lber, while Steen will handle 125 lbs. As a junior, Steen has amassed a 20-0 record, which brings his career mark up to 107-6. Even though Pittsburgh’s current starter at 125 (Louis Newell) is a redshirt freshman and they are redshirting Colt Camacho at that weight, you can never have too much talent at that weight.
For more on Pittsburgh’s recruiting as well as all other commitments, check out TOM’s College Commitment page.