March 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Logan Stieber, a redshirt-junior on the Ohio State wrestling team, once again etched his name in the Buckeye records book as he became the first Ohio State wrestler to win three national titles. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, won his third-consecutive title Saturday night, beating No. 4 seed Devin Carter of Virginia Tech, 10-1, in the 141-pound bout at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Stieber, who is now a three-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, is just one of eight Buckeyes to garner three such laurels. Stieber joins teammate Nick Heflin, as well as Adam DiSabato (1990, 91, 93), Kevin Randleman (1991-93), Robert Sessley (1999, 01, 02), J.D. Bergman (2004, 07, 08), J Jaggers (2007-09) and Mike Pucillo (2008-09). Stieber concludes the 2013-14 season with a 30-1 record and a career mark of 95-6. Stieber’s .941 career win percentage (95-6) is No. 3 all-time at Ohio State. He trails No. 1 Mark Coleman (50-2; .962) and No. 2 Rex Holman (69-3; .958) all-time. Since losing his first match in 45 bouts to Penn State freshman Zain Retherford Dec. 15, Stieber has won 21 consecutive matches. Twenty-eight of Stieber’s 30 victories have come via either major decision (7), technical fall (11) or fall (10).
“[This]Feels great,” Stieber said. “I know Devin is a really, really tough individual. I knew he had to be really tough to make it through that injury. So it felt good to get through my offense and ride hard. And my defense was great and I just kept getting after him.”
In his match vs. Carter, Stieber jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period on an early takedown and already had accrued more than two minutes of riding time. Choosing bottom in the second period, Stieber recorded the escape before adding another takedown to his total. Entering the third period with a 5-0 advantage and the riding time locked, Stieber solidified his third national title with two more takedowns.
Nick Heflin is the 2014 197-pound runner-up. A senior from Massillon, Ohio, Heflin dropped a close 2-1 decision to true freshman J’Den Cox of Missouri. After a scoreless first period, Cox and Heflin traded escapes in the second and third periods. However, Heflin was called for his second stall of the match in the final stanza which awarded Cox a point. As time expired, Heflin nearly scored a takedown for a 3-2 lead, but after an official review the non-call was confirmed.
Heflin concludes his Buckeye wrestling career in impressive fashion. A three-time All-American and 2014 Big Ten Champion and 2011 Big Ten Runner-Up at 174 pounds, Heflin amassed a 99-28 overall record. Heflin is a three-time captain (2012, 2013 and 2014) who joins an elite group of Buckeyes as a three-time All-American. Only eight Buckeyes have garnered All-America honors in their careers.
In the team race, Ohio State finished sixth with 57 points. Penn State clinched the title with 109.5 points, while Minnesota came in second with 104 points. Oklahoma State rounded out the Top 3 with 96.5 points.
2014 Division I Wrestling NCAA Championships
March 22, 2014
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Team Scores Pl. Team Score
1. Penn State 109.5
2. Minnesota 104
3. Oklahoma State 96.5
4. Iowa 78.5
5. Edinboro 62
6. Ohio State 57
7. Cornell 53
8. Virginia Tech 49
9. Northwestern 46
10. Oklahoma 45
No. 2 Logan Stieber fall Lavion Mayes (Missouri), 2:48
No. 2 Logan Stieber tech. fall No. 15 Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State), 17-1
No. 2 Logan Stieber fall No. 10 Todd Preston (Harvard), 1:29
No. 2 Logan Stieber dec. No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State), 7-3
No. 2 Logan Stieber major dec. No. 4 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech), 10-1
No. 1 Nick Heflin injury default Paul Rands (Navy), inj. (5:36)
No. 1 Nick Heflin medical forfeit Dan Scherer (Stanford)
No. 1 Nick Heflin dec. Cody Reed (Binghamton), 8-1
No. 1 Nick Heflin dec. No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota), 2-1tb
J’Den Cox (Missouri) dec. No. 1 Nick Heflin, 2-1