Norwalk Reflector: Stieber to compete for U.S. at Pan-American championships

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Stieber to compete for U.S. at Pan-American championships

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 26, 2018 at 6:00 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — World champion Logan Stieber will be one of the headliners for the U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team that competes in the Pan American Championships next month in Lima, Peru.

Stieber will again compete at the the 65 kg (143 pounds) weight for the U.S. in Peru, a weight class higher than where he won his 2016 World title in Budapest, Hungry. This is his second-straight appearance at the Pan-American Championships.

Last year, the 2010 Monroeville graduate finished with a bronze medal.

The men’s freestyle tournament will be held on May 5-6, the final two days of competition in Peru. For all four days, the tournament will begin at 10 a.m. local time with the qualification rounds and repechage. The finals are set for 6 p.m. local time each day. Lima, Peru, is situated one hour behind U.S. Eastern time.

This weekend, Stieber is the top overall seed among 12 wrestlers at 65kg at the U.S. Open tournament in Las Vegas.

The winner of the 65kg weight moves into the World Team Trials best-of-three challenge finals slated for June 16 at Penn State University in State College, Pa. Whoever wins the best-of-three in June will represent Team USA at the World championships in Budapest, Hungary.

One of four four-time NCAA individual champions all-time while at Ohio State with a 119-3 record, Stieber won the non-Olympic weight worlds at 61kg in 2016 and has a Junior world silver (2011) to his international resume.

At Monroeville, Stieber was 184-1 with four state championships. He helped the Eagles to the state team championship in Division III in 2010, and the state runners-up trophy in 2009.

Pan-American championships

U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg/125.5 lbs.: Thomas Gilman

61 kg/134 lbs.: Brandon Wright

65 kg/143 lbs.: Logan Stieber

70 kg/154 lbs.: James Green

74 kg/163 lbs.: Nazar Kulchytskyy

79 kg/174 lbs.: Mark Hall

86 kg/189 lbs.: David Taylor

92 kg/203 lbs.: J’Den Cox

97 kg/213 lbs.: Kyven Gadson

125 kg/275 lbs.: Nick Gwiazdowski

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