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HITTING THE MAT: OSU gearing up for title run in 2015

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It’s been within reach in the past, but Ohio State wrestling fans may finally be celebrating a national title in 2015.

With a masterful plan, an incredibly talented roster and a program on the rise, the Buckeyes have created what can only be described as the perfect storm.

It started two weeks ago in Oklahoma City where Ohio State finished sixth at the NCAA championships. It was supposed to be an “off year” for the Buckeyes, but instead they qualified 8 out of 10 wrestlers to the national meet and had two All-Americans.

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Ohio State’s Logan Stieber, left, wrestles Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter in the 141-pound match in the finals of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships March 22 in Oklahoma City. (AP PHOTO | SUE OGROCKI)

Logan Stieber (141) won his third national championship as a redshirt junior and is back for one more season. He is the first Ohio State wrestler to win three national titles. Stieber finished with a 30-1 record this year and earned bonus points in 28 out of 30 bouts, which means he won by a major decision or better.

He now has a 95-6 career mark and was the third most dominant wrestler in NCAA Division I wrestling. Only Penn State’s David Taylor and Ed Ruth recorded more bonus wins. Stieber has the third highest winning percentage at Ohio State, and when all is said and done, will probably be the most accomplished wrestler in Buckeye history.

 

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