Steve was an NCAA champion and two-time NCAA championship finalist for the University of Iowa at heavyweight. Mocco was a runner-up at the NCAA tournament as a true freshman in 2002 and was an NCAA champion the following year in 2003. After red-shirting in 2004, he transferred to Oklahoma State where he picked up another NCAA title in 2005 and another appearance in the finals in 2006. In all, Mocco reached the finals of the NCAA championships four times, winning twice. He was also a Big Ten champion and a two-time Big 12 champion. The former Hawkeye star was a member of the 2008 Olympic team at 120 kg. In high school, Mocco won four national prep titles — two for St. Benedicts Prep and two for Blair Academy.