COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Buckeye will fill Team USA’s 65-kg slot for the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary (Oct. 20-28). That much is known. Which Ohio State rep it is will be decided on June 16 at the Final X event in State College when rising senior Joey McKenna and alum Logan Stieber meet in a best-of-3 series to determine the Stars & Stripes competitor at 65 kilograms.
Despite the ensuing clash, the training partners will continue to prepare side-by-side in Columbus. After discussion with both, the Ohio State coaching staff has decided to corner neither wrestler for the Final X event. McKenna’s corner man will be his high school coach Jeff Buxton while Logan has elected to receive in-match instruction from his brother and former Buckeye, Hunter Stieber, and former Ohio State associate head coach Lou Rosselli.
McKenna advanced to Final X by capturing the 2018 U.S. Open title while Stieber took care of business in the World Team Trails Challenge for his shot.
In addition, Kyle Snyder is set to compete the week prior (June 9) at Final X Lincoln for his shot at making his third Senior World Team.