Stieber Will Face Iowa's Ramos in NCAA Championships Final
March 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– After winning a sudden victory match to claim the Big Ten title for the second-consecutive year two weeks ago vs. Iowa’s Tony Ramos, Ohio State wrestling’s Logan Stieber will face the Hawkeye once again, this time in the NCAA championships 133-pound final. Stieber and Ramos will wrestle for the fifth time in their collegiate careers at 8 p.m. ET Saturday live on ESPN at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
By the end of Friday night, L. Stieber, Hunter Stieber (141 pounds) and Nick Heflin (174 pounds) repeated as All-Americans as each is guaranteed to finish in the Top 8 of their respective weight classes. Medal round action of the NCAA championships will begin at 11 a.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPNU.
The Buckeyes remain in seventh place in the team standings with 46 points. The Top 3 remain the same with Penn State in first (114.5), Oklahoma State second (94.0) and Minnesota third (86.0).
Stieber, the No. 1 seed, has won each of his matches in the 2013 edition of the NCAA championships in dominating fashion. After recording back-to-back falls, Stieber has posted consecutive technical falls, including an 18-2 outcome vs. No. 4 A.J. Schopp of Edinboro in the semifinals Friday night. Stieber is 4-0 vs. Ramos, the second-seed, all-time, including a 4-2 victory in the semifinals of the NCAA championships last season as the No. 2 seed. Ramos advanced to the final via a 6-4sv2 decision vs. No. 3 seed Tyler Graff of Wisconsin.
The other Buckeye semifinalist and top seed, H. Stieber dropped a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to fourth-seed Mitchell Port of Edinboro as a 1:09 riding time proved to be the difference in the match. Entering the second period with a slim 3-2 lead, Stieber increased his advantage to 6-2 on an escape and takedown, but Port answered with an escape and takedown of his own to cut the Buckeye’s lead to one (6-5). On top at the start of the third period, Stieber was unable to ride out Port, who eventually tied the bout with an escape and held on to a 1:09 of riding time. Up next, Stieber will face No. 11 Michael Nevinger of Cornell as he vies for a third-place finish. Nevinger was a 6-2 winner over No. 8 Nick Dardanes of Minnesota.
Heflin, the No. 8 seed, rebounded nicely from a 3-2tb loss to No. 1 seed Chris Perry of Oklahoma State when he defeated Matt Mougin of Northern Iowa, 4-1. With the victory, Heflin earned his second-career All-America honor. Wrestling for a second time Friday night, Heflin faced a familiar foe in Illinois’ Jordan Blanton and was a 3-2 winner. The two wrestlers split their results this season, with Heflin winning 3-1sv in Oak Harbor, Ohio, Feb. 1. Blanton returned the favor with a 4-1 victory in the Big Ten championships wrestlebacks March 10. Staying within the Big Ten Conference, Heflin will wrestle No. 6-seed Logan Storley of Minnesota Saturday morning. Heflin also split his matchups vs. Storley during the regular season. Losing 12-3 in a home dual Jan. 11, Heflin returned the favor at the Big Ten championships, 3-1sv in wrestlebacks. Storley dropped to wrestlebacks after losing a 3-2 decision to No. 2 Matt Brown of Penn State.
Josh Demas was eliminated from competition Friday evening after dropping a 10-0 decision to No. 5 James Fleming of Clarion.
2013 Division I Wrestling NCAA Championships