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Logan Stieber wins fourth Big Ten wrestling championship

Logan Stieber defeated Josh Dziewa of Iowa to earn his record fourth Big Ten championship.

Dan Vest-SB Nation

The 141 pound final at the Big Ten championships had the air of a coronation surrounding it. The entire crowd had its eyes fixed on the center mat as Ohio State Senior Logan Stieber took the mat in St. John Arena for the final time, with a Big Ten championship on the line. It wasn't going to be easy, though. In fact, it would be far from it. Standing across from Stieber was Josh Dziewa of Iowa, a wrestler who ranked #7 in the country and was fresh off an upset victory over #4 Nick Dardanes of Minnesota.

At stake wasn't just the Big Ten championship. A legacy was on the line. Logan Stieber is already the most accomplished wrestler in Ohio State history, but a win here would earn him a fourth Big Ten title, something no Buckeye in the storied history of the program had ever accomplished. There were also major team race implications where Dziewa's Iowa Hawkeyes were neck-and-neck with Ohio State in the battle for first place. As he has done so many times throughout his Ohio State career, regardless of the stakes, Logan Stieber came through for his team.

The match itself was almost anticlimactic. Logan used two early takedowns and his patented tilt to jump out to a 14-1 first period lead. They started the second neutral and it was over before it began. Logan landed a quick takedown for a 16-1 victory by technical fall.

When the final whistle sounded, Logan Stieber stood alone in the Ohio State record books. He is now the first Ohio State wrestler to ever win four national Big Ten titles and only the fourteenth wrestler ever to achieve the feat. Now for Stieber, there is only one last task to conquer, etching his name alongside Pat Smith, Cael Sanderson, and Kyle Dake as the only four-time national champions in the history of college wrestling.