Logan Stieber, Nick Heflin Advance to NCAA Wrestling Finals

By 11W Staff on March 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

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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