The gold medal train for Ohio State wrestling shows no signs of slowing down after Logan Stieber captured gold at the World Championships in Budapest Saturday.
Stieber, Ohio State's only four-time NCAA champion, defeated Beka Lomtadze of Georgia, 8-4, in the finals at 61kg to earn his first international gold medal. He joins Kyle Snyder as the second Buckeye to capture a World Championship in the last 15 months.
“It is just focus. I don’t really think. I am just out there trying to score. I have confidence in my sprint and my short time offense. I didn’t draw it up this way,” Stieber told USA Wrestling.
Stieber thumped reigning World bronze medalist Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine, 10-0, to open his pursuit of gold before winning close matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals. His win over Russia's Akhmed Chakaev came off a takedown with five seconds remaining.
|Opening Round||Win vs. Vasyl Shuptar (Ukraine), tech. fall 10-0|
|Quarterfinal||Win vs. Akhmed Chakaev (Russia), 13-11|
|Seminfinal||Win vs. Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran), 9-8|
|Final||Win vs. Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), 8-4|