Logan Stieber, Nick Heflin Advance to NCAA Wrestling Finals

By 11W Staff on March 21, 2014 at 11:12p
33 Comments

Logan Stieber and Nick Heflin won semifinal matches and will vie for NCAA titles Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

Steiber, who won back-to-back titles at 133 pounds in 2012 and 2013, will attempt to become Ohio State's first three-time national champion. He secured his place in the 141-pound final after posting a 7-3 win over Penn State's Zach Retherford and will wrestle No. 4 seed Devin Carter of Virginia Tech in Saturday night's final.

With the win, Stieber takes the season series over Retherford 2-1, delivering back-to-back wins after Retherford snapped Stieber's unbeaten streak during the regular season.

Heflin, a two-time All-American will be making his first appearance in an NCAA final, after defeating No. 4 Scott Schiller of Minnesota in a 2-1 tiebreaker. He'll square off against No. 2 seed J'Den Cox of Missouri in the 197-pound final. Heflin enters with a 28-1 record to Cox's 37-2.

The Buckeyes sit fifth in the team competition with 52 points. Penn State leads the pack with 91 points, while Minnesota is second with 90.5 points.

The finals of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship will air live on ESPN at 8 p.m.

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USMC11917's picture

Man, I want this so badly for both Buckeyes! Heflin deserves it after the way he's turned his senior year. (Well not turned per se, but honed it) Steiber just deserves it cuz he is a hoss.

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buckeye_heart's picture

Hopefully they both will win one for themselves and Buckeye country. Heflin has a true freshman that has been tearing it up this year and if Steiber's match is anything like his last two, then its going to be exciting!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Go Bucks - so excited for tonight

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Knarcisi's picture

How many 3 time national champs have there ever been ?

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William's picture

Smith, Sanderson and Dake are the only 4 time champs, but I don't know about 3 time champs. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

There are 3 trying for it tonight

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

There have been twenty three 3x champs.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Ed Ruth makes that twenty four.

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Knarcisi's picture

Thanks for the info. Upvotes all around. Let's go Heflin. 1st time watching wrestling championships. 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture
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Knarcisi's picture

Cool. Someone is there. 

Knarcisi's picture

Tough match. 2 immovable objects. 

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Knarcisi's picture

Wow, what a match. 

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Knarcisi's picture

Wow, he got it. 

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Knarcisi's picture

Typical fucking crowd, rooting against Ohio State. 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

There's a serious hate-on for stalling after some of the Okie St semi-final matches. You won't see Logan booed.

stubbzzz's picture

Uggg!  Heflin!  so close.  he should have won that match.  how do you get called for stalling in a match like that with 20 seconds to go?  ref had a pretty quick whistle on that.  i feel for the kid.

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buckeye_heart's picture

It sucks he got hit for stalling so late, but he was wrestling for overtime the whole match. He is a defensive guy but you have to show some offense or you're going to get hit for stalling.

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stubbzzz's picture
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Knarcisi's picture

Stieber taking it to him. 

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stubbzzz's picture

Man, Stieber is dominating!

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stubbzzz's picture

Man, Stieber is dominating!

Knarcisi's picture

Total ass kicking. 

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Knarcisi's picture

Let's make it 4 next year. 

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stubbzzz's picture

Well that was easy...

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buckeye_heart's picture

I'm feeling greedy. I want a pin from Stieber.

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Knarcisi's picture

I'll take my greed in a 4th next year. 

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buckeye_heart's picture

Crazy how easy Stieber made that look. He is just so good at what he does.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture
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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Logan Stieber is now the twenty fifth 3X national champion.

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