Logan Stieber Wins Gold Medal at Ziolkowski International in Poland
June 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Logan Stieber (60 kg/132 pounds), an upcoming sophomore on the Ohio State wrestling team, and J.D. Bergman (96 kg/211.5 pounds), a Buckeye letterwinner from 2004-08, won gold medals in their respective freestyle weight classes at the Ziolkowski International in Siedice, Poland, Sunday. The pair of gold medals helped the U.S. finish second in the team standings with 63 points, four points behind team champion Turkey (67 points). Buckeye associate head coach Lou Rosselli served as coach of the U.S. team alongside U.S. National Freestyle Team Coach Zeke Jones.
Stieber, the 2012 Big Ten and NCAA Champion at 133 pounds, pinned Munir Recep Aktas of Turkey. Aktas has been dubbed Turkey's top wrestler in the weight class and finished second at the Olympic Test Event in London back in December. Prior to his impressive victory in the final, Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, downed Nikolay Noev of Tajikistan, 6-0, 2-0.
Bergman, who hails from Oak Harbor, Ohio, won four consecutive matches en route to winning the gold medal. He opened the day with a 1-0, 1-0 victory vs. Kamil Skaskiewicz of Poland before shutting out Kamil Wojciechowski (Poland), 7-0, 6-0. Bergman answered a 1-0 loss in the first round vs. Jozef Jalovia of Slovakia with back-to-back 4-0 wins in the second and third rounds, respectively. In the final, Bergman handed Serhat Balci of Turkey a 1-0, 1-0 loss.
A little more than a week ago, Stieber and Bergman competed in the ASICS Beat the Streets Gala Bout in Times Square and helped the U.S. edge Russia, 4-3. After dropping his first match, 3-1, Stieber rebounded with a pair of victories, 7-0, 5-4. Bergman dropped a 1-2, 1-1, 2-0 decision to Shamil Akhmedov.