COLUMBUS, Ohio – At every level, Logan Stieber has become accustomed to winning.
First, there were four state titles a team championship at Monroeville High School. Next, be became just the fourth wrestler in history to win four consecutive NCAA titles while wearing the Scarlet and Gray for Ohio State. And to top that off, he helped hoist a team national championship trophy as a senior in 2015.
Now, Stieber is more ready than ever to tackle the world stage. This weekend, he takes his shot at making the World Team when he competes in the 61kg weight class at the Bill Farrell Open in New York City. Action gets underway Friday morning.
Because the 2016 World Championships were not originally on the United World Wrestling calendar, the non-Olympic weight World trials had to be built into the existing calendar. As a result, the Bill Farrell Open was chosen. The 2016 World Championships for non-Olympic weights will take place Dec. 10-11 in Budapest, Hungary. The event will also serve as the first qualifier for the 2017 World Team Trials at the six Olympic weights.
Stieber enters the tournament with an international resume over the last 12 months that is impressive. Nine months prior to the Olympic Games in Rio, Stieber knocked off eventual 65kg gold medalist Soslan Ramonov of Russia, 17-13, in the semifinals of the Golden Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan. Five months later, he narrowly missed making the Olympic team when he lost in the semifinals in a criteria tiebreaker at the Trials in Iowa City to Frank Molinaro. Molinaro went on to finish fifth in Rio. Stieber also owns a 2013 win over Opan Sat of Russia when Sat was the ranked No. 1 in the world at Rumble on the Rails.
“I’m excited to have an opportunity to make a World team,” said Stieber. “It’s a big cut but I’ve handled it well. I’m excited to compete.”
Other contenders in the 61kg bracket are Cody Brewer, the 2015 national champion at 133 lbs. and four-time All-American for Oklahoma, and Nahshon Garrett of Cornell, a national champion last year as a senior for the Big Red at 133 lbs.
“Logan has been a great example for the Buckeyes,” said head coach Tom Ryan. “Winning four national titles was an amazing feat. After narrowly missing a sport on the 2016 United States Olympic team, I am excited to see him make the 2016 World team.”
A World title is one of the few things missing from Stieber’s trophy case. He capped off his collegiate career in 2015 not only with his fourth NCAA title and a team championship, but also as Ohio State’s first-ever winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy, given annually the nation’s most outstanding wrestler and considered to be the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy of the sport.
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