Wrestling: Stieber defeats #1 Ranked wrestler in the world at Rumble on the Rails

Curt Heinrichs's picture
May 16, 2013 at 10:06a

2 time NCAA champion Logan Stieber wasn't representing the Scarlet and Gray when he took on #1 Ranked Opan Sat on Wednesday at the Rumble on the Rails event at NYC's Grand Central Terminal, he was representing the USA, and looked excellent doing it.

The elder Stieber brother dropped the 1st period to Sat by a score of 7-5, but he kept the Russian star off of the scoreboard for the next 2 periods, winning 6-0 and 3-0 to earn the victory.

The Rumble on the Rails was an event which brought much attention to some of the international wrestling powers in the wake of the IOC's suggestion to drop wrestling from the Olympic games starting in 2020. The event showcased wrestlers from the USA, Russia, and Iran in both freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling. 

Also competing for the USA were former Buckeyes Reece Humphrey and JD Bergman (both NCAA runners up for the Buckeyes). Both Humphrey and Bergman dropped matches by decision to their Iranian counterparts. Humphrey fell by scores of 1-0 and 6-0 against Iranian Maumoud Esmailpour Joybari and Bergman lost a tough decision to Hamed Tatari 3-1 and 1-0. Also representing the US against Iran was Ohio Regional Training Center competitor (and new dad) Tervel Dlagnev, who lost to Khomeil Ghasemi 1-1 and 1-0. 

The American wrestlers won all but one of their 9 bouts against Russian wrestlers, but didn't fare as well against the Iranians, losing all 7 matches. 



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bukyze's picture

Thanks for the update - Logan is definitely a stud.  Hope to see him in the Olympics.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Ooooh, yyyeeeaaahhh... about that... Olympic Wrestling isn't a thing anymore... yeah...

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

fansince1968's picture

Thank you Curt for the update!

Jhesse17's picture

Anyone know where I can find a video of Steiber's match? I saw the whole meet vs the Iranians but I couldn't get the one against the Russians.

Dayton Buckeye's picture

What a shame. No Olympic wrestling.

bedheadjc's picture

Still blows my mind. Aside from "Let's see who runs faster" is there a more primeval, basic sport than wrestling? It's essentially the FIRST sport. Certainly came before "Who can throw this the farthest".
I really believe it'll get back in.

captain obvious's picture

So I guess there is a new NUMBER 1

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

yrro's picture

Wow, I didn't realize Iran of all places was such a wrestling powerhouse.

Oyster's picture

You mean you never watched the Sheik?  When he threw that fire in your eyes it was OVER!

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

otrain2416's picture

I know this may be old news cuz I don't follow wrestling that close but what ever happened to Chris Phillips?

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Curt Heinrichs's picture

Chris accepted a scholarship to North Carolina State University out of high school. Before wrestling a match, he dropped out of school and was rumored to be a coach for a small Ohio college (can't remember which one for sure, but Ashland sticks out in my mind). Then I'm told Chris tried to transfer to Ohio State to wrestle with the Brothers Stieber and Cam Tessari, but for whatever reason he was not ever a competitor for the Buckeyes. I've heard a number of reasons, but haven't confirmed any and I'm not really in the business of spreading rumors about kids. Chris is an outstanding talent on the wrestling mat and would be an asset to whatever team wrestles for. Here's hoping he gets back to competition before his eligibility expires. 

otrain2416's picture

thats interesting cuz I had heard after NC State he was at capital trying to get eligible for OSU and never heard anything after that. Its a shame that kid was so fun to watch in HS

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

thebuckeyefan's picture

Actually Dake won his match against Iran


Dr. House's picture

my Olympic hero Kurt Angle will save Olympic wrestling with his three Is 
It's true it's damn true
also Stieber is HARDCORE