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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The most decorated wrestler in Ohio State - and arguably NCAA - history can add another line to his international resume.
Top-seeded Logan Stieber, making his debut at 61kg at the Bill Farrell Open on Friday, punched his ticket on the 2016 World Team with a two dominant wins over second-seeded Tyler Graff. As a result, Stieber will compete at the 2016 World Championships for non-Olympic weights Dec. 10-11 in Budapest, Hungary. The Bill Farrell Open served as the World Team Trials for non-Olympic weights when the 2016 World Championships were added to the United World Wrestling calendar.
The finals were a best two out of three series, and Stieber ended the opening match with a takedown and gut wrench for a 10-0 technical fall. He followed the exact same script in match two, gaining an early 2-0 lead on a takedown, getting another to make it 4-0 and finishing it off with a six-point gut wretch. Stieber is just the second four-time NCAA champion to also make a World team.
In the semifinals, Stieber was pushed early by former Minnesota Golden Gopher Jayson Ness, but kept adding to his lead before winning 13-6. The two were tied 4-4 midway through but Stieber pulled away, building an 8-4 lead shortly after the break and never looking back.
"He has looked good. This training is on point. Logan likes to mix it up and get in a lot of positions. Against Ness, who can be dangerous, he held back a little bit. I see his scoring going up against Graff in the finals. He is in a groove. Logan is a risk taker and he will take risks tonight, which for him is being consistent," Buckeye assistant coach and Ohio RTC head coach Tervel Dlagnev said to USA Wrestling.
Another Stieber - two-time All-American and 2013 Big Ten champion Hunter Stieber - once again displayed him immense potential while healthy. Stieber made the finals of the 65kg weight class, losing a highly entertaining 12-10 decision to BJ Futrell. Stieber trailed 12-6 late in the final period but fought back to cut the lead to two. He couldn't, however, get any closer.
...and THIS is how Logan Stieber made his very first Senior World Team pic.twitter.com/CypqPNQnxl
-- FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) November 12, 2016
61kg and 70kg world team for Budapest pic.twitter.com/QcDcaITZIG
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