March 17, 2012

Logan Stieber Quotes

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, won the 133-pound NCAA Wrestling National championship Saturday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Mo.

No. 2 seed Stieber defeated No.1 seed and defending national champion Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State by a 4-3 score. The match began with Oliver gaining a quick takedown 17 seconds into the match. However, Stieber escaped 10 seconds later to make the score 2-1. With 30 seconds left in the first period, it appeared Stieber was going to earn his first takedown of the match as he was able to hoist Oliver into a one-legged position, but Oliver battled out and the score remained 2-1.

In the second period, Stieber chose bottom and was able to escape eight seconds later, deadlocking the score at 2-2. After more than a minute of wrestling, Stieber was again able to force Oliver into a one-legged position, but this time he scored the takedown and sent the Ohio State crowd into a frenzy. Stieber earned the takedown with 20 seconds left in the second period, making the score 4-2.

Oliver started the third period on bottom and was able to escape in 20 seconds, making the national championship a one point affair. Stieber fought off numerous blows from Oliver during the next minute and a half, refusing to give up a point. With 10 seconds remaining, Oliver shot at Stieber and was able to get him around the waist. The freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, stood strong and completed the upset.

Ohio State finished the final day of the championships in fifth place with 64.5 points in the team race. Penn State (143) was first over Big Ten rival Minnesota (117.5), while Iowa finished third with 107.5 points.

Overall, Ohio State boasted four All-Americans, tied for the second most in school history. The All-Americans for the Buckeyes were Logan Stieber, first place at 133 pounds, Cam Tessari, fourth place at 149 pounds, Nick Heflin, fifth at 174 pounds and Hunter Stieber, sixth at 141 pounds. Ohio State also set a team record for freshmen All-Americans with three (L. Stieber, H. Stieber and Cam Tessari).

Ohio State at 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Thursday, March 15-Saturday, March 17
Session Six Results
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, Mo.

Team Standings (Top 10)
1.Penn State 143.0
2.Minnesota 117.5
3.Iowa 107.5
4.Cornell 102.5
5.Ohio St. 68.5
6.Oklahoma St. 66.0
7.Illinois 62.0
8.Lehigh 61.0
9.Northwestern 42.5
10.Oregon St. 40.5

Individual Ohio State Results
133 – Logan Stieber: Champion
No. 2 Logan Stieber PINNED Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 5:52
No. 2 Logan Stieber PINNED Jordan Thome (Army) 1:19
No. 2 Logan Stieber DEC Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 7-4
No. 2 Logan Stieber DEC No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 4-2
No. 2 Logan Stieber DEC No. 1 Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State), 4-3

Postmatch Quotes
Tom Ryan, head coach
On Logan Stieber’s national championship
“The birth of my four children, my wedding night. There is nothing besides those two things that compares being alongside a person who reaches his ultimate goal of athletic success.”

On Logan Stieber’s performance
“Incredible performance for a great human being, I couldn’t be happier.”

On Stieber’s work ethic
“He is one of those guys who the more you are around him, the more you believe anything is possible. People who believe anything is possible, believe more than anything is possible. He has been at it for a long time. That championship wasn’t about two week preparation for Jordan Oliver, it was about a lifetime, a lifetime of preparation for that moment. I am so proud of him and am happy for his family, his community and Buckeye Nation.”

On his match
“He did a lot of things coach (Lou) Rosselli and our staff have worked on with him. He learned from his high school coaches and club program, it all came together here. This was a nearly perfect match.”

On Logan Stieber’s future
“Olympic trials are coming up and he will be a part of those. This will prepare him for next year.

On what this does for Ohio State
“We knew the day we signed Logan Stieber, the program would move forward in a mighty way. It is a tremendous statement for the program that a young person can come in and excel so rapidly at this level. We are so happy.”