Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stieber wins National Championship

Monroeville’s Logan Stieber, a red-shirted freshman, won the 133-pound NCAA Wrestling National championship Saturday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Mo.

The second-seeded Stieber defeated No.1 seed and defending national champion Jordan Oliver, of Oklahoma State, 4-3.

The match began with Oliver gaining a quick takedown 17 seconds into the match. However, Stieber escaped 10 seconds later to make the score 2-1. With 30 seconds left in the first period, it appeared Stieber was going to earn his first takedown of the match as he was able to hoist Oliver into a one-legged position, but Oliver battled out and the score remained 2-1.

In the second period, Stieber chose bottom and was able to escape eight seconds later, deadlocking the score at 2-2. After more than a minute of wrestling, Stieber was again able to force Oliver into a one-legged position, but this time he scored the takedown and sent the Ohio State crowd into a frenzy. Stieber earned the takedown with 20 seconds left in the second period, making the score 4-2.

Oliver started the third period on bottom and was able to escape in 20 seconds, making the national championship a one point affair. Stieber fought off numerous blows from Oliver during the next minute and a half, refusing to give up a point. With 10 seconds remaining, Oliver shot at Stieber and was able to get him around the waist. Stieber stood strong and completed the upset.

Overall, Ohio State boasted four All-Americans, tied for the second most in school history. The All-Americans for the Buckeyes were Logan Stieber, first place at 133 pounds, Cam Tessari, also a Monroeville graduate, fourth place at 149 pounds, Nick Heflin, fifth at 174 pounds and Logan’s brother Hunter Stieber, sixth at 141 pounds. Ohio State also set a team record for freshmen All-Americans with three (L. Stieber, H. Stieber and Cam Tessari) Monroeville graduates.

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