All-Americans Stieber Finishes Third, Heflin Fifth at NCAA Championships
March 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Two-time All-Americans Hunter Stieber and Nick Heflin, members of the Ohio State wrestling team, finished third and fifth, respectively, Saturday morning at the NCAA championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. As a team, the Buckeyes remain in seventh place with 55.5 points. Penn State (114.5) is holding on to a three-point lead over Oklahoma State (111.5), while Minnesota continues to round out the Top 3 with 99 points.
After dropping his semifinal bout to Edinboro’s Mitchell Port, 7-6, Stieber, the No. 1 seed, answered with back-to-back wins vs. No. 11 Michael Nevinger of Cornell and the Citadel’s and sixth-seed Undrakhb Khishignyam. Stieber opened the day with a 9-0 shutout vs. Nevinger before handing Khishignyam his lone bonus-point loss (12-4) of the championships. Stieber concludes the season with a 36-1 record and a team-leading 13 major decisions.
Heflin, the eighth seed, concluded the 2013 season facing familiar competition in the Big Ten’s Logan Storley of Minnesota and Michael Evans of Iowa. Meeting for the third time this season, Heflin and Storley, the sixth seed, split their match-ups during the regular season. In the match Saturday, the Golden Gopher was able to secure a 3-2 win to send Heflin to the fifth-place bout vs. Evans. In their first meeting since Jan. 4 in Iowa City, when Evans beat Heflin, 9-4sv, Heflin pulled off the upset, pinning Evans in 2:10. Heflin finishes the season with a 20-7 overall record.
Redshirt sophomore and top seed Logan Stieber will seek his second-consecutive NCAA title Saturday night when he wrestles Iowa’s Tony Ramos, the No. 2 seed, in the 133-pound final at 8 p.m. ET live on ESPN.
2013 Division I Wrestling NCAA Championships
141 – Hunter Stieber: 3rd
174 – Nick Heflin: 5th