March 23, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore on the Ohio State wrestling team, defended his 133-pound title at the 2013 NCAA Championships Saturday night and finished the season undefeated with a 27-0 record. In the final, Stieber defeated Tony Ramos of Iowa, 7-4, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

As a team, Ohio State concluded the championships in sixth place with 59.5 points. Penn State won its third consecutive NCAA title behind 123.5 points. Oklahoma State finished second (119.5 points), while Minnesota was third (103.0).

“We are so blessed this small-town kid from Ohio chose to be a Buckeye,” Tom Ryan, head coach, said. “He exemplifies the very best version of what we can accomplish when we dream big and fight consistently to be the best. We are so proud of him.”

“I was able to get into my offense early and open the match up against Ramos,” Stieber said. “That was the difference this time.”

In five meetings vs. Ramos, Stieber is 5-0, including 2-0 in 2013. In the previous meeting this season, Stieber narrowly defeated Ramos, 3-1sv, in the Big Ten championship final March 10. Saturday evening, Stieber, the No. 1 seed, won by decision for just the third time in 2013 with the 7-4 victory. For the year, 85 percent of Stieber’s matches were bonus point victories, including a team-leading 14 falls and seven technical falls, as well as two major decisions.

The Buckeye two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten champion opened the match vs. Ramos, the No. 2 seed, with a takedown to jump out to a 2-0 advantage at the 1:40 mark and appeared to begin accruing significant riding time before Ramos answered with an escape near the 1:15 point. With 48 seconds remaining in the period, Stieber scored a takedown to take a 4-1 lead into the second period.

Choosing bottom, Strieber scored the escape with 1:48 on the clock. However, Ramos scored a takedown about 35 seconds later to cut Stieber’s lead to two (5-3). Stieber countered with an escape with 1:05 left on the clock for a 6-3 lead heading into the final period.

On top at the start of the third period, Stieber was able to ride out Ramos long enough to earn the riding time point and despite Ramos’ escape at the 1:33 mark to make the score 6-4, Stieber was able to hold on for the 7-4 victory.

Individual Results
No. 1 Logan Stieber pins Brandon Gambucci (Duke), 3:00
No. 1 Logan Stieber pins Shelton Mack (Pittsburgh), 2:40
No. 1 Logan Stieber tech. fall No. 8 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), 17-1 (3:43)
No. 1 Logan Stieber tech. fall No. 4 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 18-2 (7:00)
No. 1 Logan Stieber dec. No. 2 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 7-4

Logan Stieber Career Statistics

Year Weight Record Dual Big Ten Major Decisions Tech Falls Falls
2012-13 133 27-0 10-0 3-0 2 7 14
2011-12 133 33-2 15-2 7-1 5 2 16
2010-11 133 5-3 2-0 0-0 1 2
Totals 65-5 27-2 10-1 8 11 30

Team Results
1. Penn State 123.5
2. Oklahoma State 119.5
3. Minnesota 103.0
4. Iowa 73.0
5. Cornell 65.0
6. Ohio State 59.5
7. Missouri 56.5
8. Oregon State 48.5
9. Illinois 45.5
10. Virginia Tech 43.5