Third time’s the charm for Logan Stieber, as the Ohio State junior won his third straight national title – this time at 141 pounds – when the second-seeded Buckeye got a 10-1 major decision over No. 4 seed Devin Carter of Virginia Tech at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City Saturday night.
With the title win, Stieber becomes the first three-time champ for the Columbus-based Big Ten school.
Stieber had won back-to-back NCAA titles the previous two years, both at 133 pounds. At the 2012 NCAAs, the then-freshman unseated defending champ Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State, 4-3, in the finals. Last year, Stieber beat Iowa’s Tony Ramos, 7-4, in the finals.
Carter, Virginia Tech’s first NCAA finalist, had missed much of the season due to torn hamstring. In fact, when the injury was revealed, the school announced Carter would be out for the rest of the season. However, he recovered to the point where he not only won the 141-pound title at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships two weeks ago, but made it through his side of the bracket to find himself in the finals.
Stieber was one of two Ohio State wrestlers in the finals. His teammate Nick Heflin lost in the 197-pound finals to Missouri's J'Den Cox.
How Stieber (30-1 season record) got to the finals: Rd. 1: pinned unseeded Lavion Mayes (Missouri), 2:48. Rd. 2: tech fall No. 15 Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State), 17-1, 4:52; Qtrfinals: pinned No. 10 Todd Preston (Harvard), 1:29; Semifinals: dec. No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State), 7-3.
How Carter (18-1 season record) got to the finals: Rd. 1: pinned unseeded Nick Fleming (Buffalo), 3:53; Rd. 2: dec. No. 13 Steve Dutton (Michigan), 11-7; Qtrfinals: dec. No. 12 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall), 4-3; Semifinals: maj. dec. No. 9 Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 12-3.
- 1st Period: Stieber gets a takedown at the two-minute mark. No other scoring. 2-0 Stieber.
- 2nd Period: Stieber takes down, escapes… then builds on his lead with a second takedown to make the score 5-0.
- 3rd Period: Stieber opens with a third takedown, then cuts Carter loose, making the score 7-1. Stieber scores his fourth and final takedown of the night. Adding in riding time, the final score was a 10-1 major-decision victory for the Buckeye, becoming the first Ohio State wrestler to win a trio of national titles.
Quotes from the champ:
- How it feels to win a third NCAA title: “Feels great. I know Devin is a really, really tough individual. I know 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 kept after him.”
- About a possible No. 4 championship: Yeah, I’m ready for No. 4. But you know how I’ll treat No. 4? Training-wise, like I trained for No. 1, 2 and 3. I’m always calm. I always try to be relaxed.
- About next year’s Buckeyes: “I’m excited… We have a lot of good recruits. I can’t wait to start working with them.”
2014 NCAA All-Americans – 141 pounds
- Logan Stieber (Ohio State)
- Devin Carter (Virginia Tech)
- Mitchell Port (Edinboro)
- Evan Henderson (North Carolina)
- Zain Retherford (Penn State)
- Joey Lazor (Northern Iowa)
- Steve Dutton (Michigan)
- Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall)
Take a look back: For all College Wrestling Examiner articles on the 2014 NCAAs, click here... and check out Mat Bracketology, College Wrestling Examiner's weight-by-weight analysis of seeded wrestlers, by clicking on the Mat Bracketology link.
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