Oct. 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Logan Stieber’s quest for a fourth-straight NCAA title will begin on Saturday, Nov. 1 when he takes part in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic, facing off against Edinboro’s Mitchell Port at 141 pounds.
The event, presented by the United States Marine Corps and the Wrestlers in Business Network, will take place at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Stieber’s participation puts the 49th annual event at five returning NCAA Division I champions as Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis, Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer, Missouri’s J’Den Cox and N.C. State’s Nick Gwiazdowski will also take part in the dual.
Already part of elite company as a three-time national champion, Stieber is looking to become just the fourth wrestler in NCAA history to win four titles. His career of 90-3 (.968) ranks No. 1 all-time in the Ohio State records book. Leading the nation with 11 technical falls at the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, Stieber’s 28 victories out of 30 were bonus point wins. In all, Stieber collected seven major decisions and 10 falls to go along with his 11 technical falls.
This will be the second straight year Stieber has appeared in the event. Last year, Stieber bumped up to 149 pounds to face returning NCAA champion Kendric Maple of Oklahoma. The match ended with an 6-4 tiebreaker win by Stieber.
“Anytime you get to showcase a wrestler like Logan Stieber in an event like the All-Star Classic, it’s a win for the sport of wrestling,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “You can literally count on one hand, without even using all your fingers, the number of times we’ve seen a four-time Division I wrestling champion. We all know there is nothing certain in our sport, seeing a potential NCAA finals preview with Stieber and Edinboro’s Mitchell Port is a fantastic way to kick off the wrestling season.”
As Stieber steps on the mat at the event for the second time, it will be Ohio State’s 19th overall appearance in the event. Buckeye wrestlers have gone a combined 9-9, with Stieber picking up the most recent win last year. The first Ohio State wrestler to compete in the event was current Notre Dame College head coach Frank Romano, who wrestled at 118 pounds in 1970.