Already of the most decorated athletes in the history of Ohio State athletics, Logan Stieber added another accolade to his ever-growing collection as Ohio State Athletics named the junior its 2013 Male Athlete of the year.
Stieber went 30-1 this year en route to his third consecutive Big Ten and NCAA championships. Of those 30 victories, 28 were of the bonus point variety (major dec., technical fall, or pin), including a 10-1 major decision victory over Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in the NCAA final. Stieber's 11 victories by technical fall (wrestling's version of the mercy rule that is invoked when a wrestler opens up a 15-point lead on his opponent) were the most in the nation.
Next season Stieber will attempt to become only the fourth wrestler in the history of the sport to win four NCAA championships.
A three-time team captain, Stieber's name is already etched all over the Ohio State record book. A 90-3 career record puts Stieber at a .968 career winning percentage, number one all-time at Ohio State. He is also the only Buckeye to accumulate three national titles.
Current Buckeye assistant coach and two-time national champion J. Jaggers is the only other wrestler to earn Athlete of the Year honors. Stieber's award means that he is now eligible for the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award which will be handed out later this summer.