Logan Stieber named to USA Freestyle World Cup Team at 65 kg, to compete April 7-8 in Iowa City

By USA Wrestling | March 07, 2018, 12:02 p.m. (ET)
USA Wrestling has named Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) to its 2018 U.S. Men’s Freestyle World Cup Team at 65 kg/143 lbs.

Stieber will be on the USA Wrestling team which will compete at the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa, April 7-8. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship featuring the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.

Stieber, a 2016 World champion, will be competing in his second Freestyle World Cup. Stieber competed on the 2017 U.S. World Cup Team in Kermanshah, Iran, going 3-1 in his matches at 61 kg/134 lbs.

At the 2016 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Stieber won a gold medal at 61 kg/134 lbs., on his first Senior World Team. He was also a member of the 2017 U.S. World Team. Stieber claimed a 2011 Junior World silver medal. He was a 2017 Grand Prix of Spain champion, and won silver medals at the 2016 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial and the 2015 UWW Golden Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. Stieber placed second at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and has placed at the U.S. Open six times.

In college, Stieber was a four-time NCAA champion for Ohio State, winning his titles between 2012-2015. He was the 2015 Dan Hodge Trophy winner as the nation’s top college wrestler, and also won four Big Ten titles. Stieber helped lead Ohio State to the 2015 NCAA Championships team title.

He was a four-time Ohio state champion for Monroeville High School.

USA Wrestling will announce one World Cup participant in each of the 10 weight classes each day through March 14. In addition to these 10 athletes, additional athletes will be added to the team roster, with at least two wrestlers in each weight class.

The USA has drawn into Pool A against the nations of Japan, Georgia, and Iran. Pool B consists of teams from Russia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. Iran is the defending World Cup team champions.

This will be the first major international event for the U.S. men’s freestyle program since the United States won the team title at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France last August. It was the first World Team Title for the USA in men’s freestyle in 22 years and only the third time in history.

Ticket opportunities for the World Cup include a Gold all-session package ($225), a Black all-session package ($150), and standard all-session tickets ($75/$50). Tickets are now available on the University of Iowa Athletics website.

Visit worldcupiowacity.com for more information on the event.

At Iowa City, Iowa, April 7-8

U.S. men’s freestyle lineup (as of March 7)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs. –
74 kg/163 lbs. –
79 kg/174 lbs. –
86 kg/189 lbs.
92 kg/202.5 lbs. -
97 kg/213 lbs.
125 kg/275 lbs. –
National Freestyle Coaches – Bill Zadick, Kevin Jackson and Joe Russell (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Honorary Coaches – Dan Gable (Iowa City, Iowa), J Robinson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mike Duroe (Marion, Iowa)

Additional U.S. athletes and delegation members will also be named.

Logan Stieber’s previous World Cup results
2017 World Cup, Kermanshah, Iran, Feb. 16-17
WIN Ali Rahimzade (Azerbaijan), 12-11
WIN Viktor Rassadin (Russia), 7-4
WIN Shota Phartenadze (Georgia), 7-4
LOSS Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari (Iran), 6-2

Residence: Columbus, Ohio     Club: Titan Mercury WC
College: Ohio State      High School: Monroeville (Ohio)
Born: Jan. 24, 1991      Weight class: 65 kg/143 lbs.
• 2016 World champion
• 2011 Junior World silver medalist
• Two-time U.S. World Team member (2016-17)
• 2017 Grand Prix of Spain champion
• Second in 2016 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial
• Second in 2016 UWW Golden Grand Prix (Azerbaijan)
• Four-time NCAA champion for Ohio State (2011-15)
• 2015 Dan Hodge Trophy winner