Logan Stieber teaches tilts, turns and cradles at UL wrestling camp
MORRISTOWN – Ohio State University released its Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 on Tuesday. Among the talented 15 members was wrestler Logan Stieber.
So, what was the former Buckeyes’ four-time NCAA Division I national champion doing less than 24 hours after the announcement? He was doing what he loves.
Stieber brought his “Take Top” Clinic to ‘The Hangar’ inside Union Local High School on Wednesday for a pair of sessions. Just over 50 campers learned how to use Tilts, Turns and Cradles.
“It’s quite an honor to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame,” Stieber said during a break between camp sessions. “The honor is very cool and I am excited to be here today working with the kids.
“Wrestling is all about helping the future.”
Stieber, currently an assistant coach on head coach Tom Ryan’s staff at OSU, was an astounding 119-3 in his career at Ohio State, the highest winning percentage (.975) in program history. He won his first two national championships at 133 pounds (2012-13) and his final two at 141 (2014-15). Of his 119 victories, 96 recorded bonus points for the Buckeyes, and 50 of them ended in pins. He also ended his collegiate career with 50 consecutive wins and earned the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is equivalent to football’s Heisman Trophy, following his senior year.
“With the accolades and accomplishments I had at Ohio State, you never know for sure, but knowing the past it just made sense. It wasn’t the biggest surprise in the world when I got notified a couple of weeks ago,” he said of the phone call from David Camaion, also a wrestler (1958-60) who was inducted in 2010 and is a member of the selection committee. “Ohio State is probably the most recognizeable university in the country, at least one of them I would say, and to be in its Athletics Hall of Fame is an unbelievable honor.
He is still one of only four wrestlers, and the last, to win four NCAA Division I championships. The others are Oklahoma State’s Pat Smith (1990-92, 94); Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson (1999-2002) and Cornell’s Kyle Dake (2010-13).
When asked what was the key to his success, both in high school and college, Stieber didn’t hesitate.
“I had really good coaches and really good people around me,” he stressed. “They made it pretty easy for me to follow them. I just worked hard and believed in what I was doing. Growing up my parents and my teammates were really supportive and helped develop me to be ready for when I went to Ohio State.
“My dad really pushed me and my brother (Hunter) really hard. The goal was to always win and we always trained that way,” he acknowledged.
And win he did. Stieber was an eye-popping 184-1 at Monroeville and won four OHSAA Division III state titles, including his final 175 matches. On his run in 2010, he pinned Shadyside freshman Chase Kenamond in the 125-pound state semifinals in 1:05. He was the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner that season.
“It’s nice to get a guy that has his skill set come to our area,” Camp Director and former Union Local mat coach Zack Powell said.
Stieber will officially be inducted during a dinner on Sept. 9 in the Covelli Center and introduced at Ohio Stadium when the Buckeyes host Arkansas State in football on Sept. 10. He is joined in the Class of 2022 by Billy Ray Anders (football), Greg Bice (men’s lacrosse), John Bluem (men’s soccer coach), Charles W. Bolen (football/men’s basketball), Joel Brown (men’s track), Aaron Craft (men’s basketball), Adam Crompton (men’s fencing), Jenna Harris Griffin (women’s track), Alayna Markwordt (women’s lacrosse), Russ Nagelson (baseball), Shawn Springs (football), Jonathan Sweet (baseball), Tom Tupa (football) and Dan Whitacre (wrestling).