Logan Stieber Earns USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week Honors
Nov. 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior on the Ohio State wrestling team, was named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week. TheMat.com is the official website of USA Wrestling. In a bout between a pair of No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Stieber defeated Kendric Maple of Oklahoma, 6-4, in the 149-pound match at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. 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.
Up next, the Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Michigan State Open Nov. 9.
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