Logan Stieber Wins 133-Pound NCAA Championship
March 17, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo.- Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, won the 133-pound NCAA Wrestling National championship Saturday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Mo.
No. 2 seed Stieber defeated No.1 seed and defending national champion Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State by a 4-3 score. 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. The freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, stood strong and completed the upset.
Ohio State finished the final day of the championships in fifth place with 64.5 points in the team race. Penn State (143) was first over Big Ten rival Minnesota (117.5), while Iowa finished third with 107.5 points.
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, fourth place at 149 pounds, Nick Heflin, fifth at 174 pounds and 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).
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