No. 1 Logan Stieber Edges No. 1 Kendric Maple, 6-4, In NWCA All-Star Classic
Nov. 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In one of the most anticipated matches at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic, the 149-pound bout between Ohio State wrestling redshirt-junior Logan Stieber and Oklahoma's Kendric Maple lived up to the hype. In the final match of the event, Stieber defeated Maple, 6-4, on a last second reversal in the first tiebreaker. Including the win vs. Maple, Stieber now has won 37 consecutive matches dating back to March 3, 2012.
Both Stieber and Maple entered the exhibition event as defending national champions in their respective weight classes. Stieber won back-to-back NCAA titles at 133 pounds in 2012 and 2013 and Maple was the 141-pound champion a season ago. Stieber and Maple also were undefeated in 2013 with Stieber amassing a 27-0 record and Maple a 33-0 mark.
In 2013-14, Stieber and Maple will move up a weight class, respectively, and open the campaign as the No. 1 ranked wrestlers. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, will wrestle at 141 pounds and Maple will compete at 149 pounds.
In the match Saturday night, Stieber opened action with a takedown for a 2-0 lead. Maple ended the period with an escape and chose bottom to begin the second. An escape to open the middle period tied the score at 2-2 and not long after, Maple took a 4-2 advantage on a takedown. The Buckeye was able to cut Maple's lead to one when he scored an escape in the final seconds of the second period. Choosing bottom at the start of the third period, Stieber tied the score at 4-all on an escape to force overtime. With a lot of scrambling in the sudden victory period, the match went in to a pair of tiebreakers. Stieber opened the first tiebreaker on bottom and towards the end of the 30 seconds scored a reversal for a 6-4 lead. In the next tiebreaker, Stieber was able to ride out Maple for the win.
Stieber's teammates will begin their 2013-14 season at the Clarion Open Sunday in Clarion, Pa. Next weekend, the Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Michigan State Open.