A 2010 Monroeville graduate, Stieber opened with a pair of 10-0 technical fall wins over Michael Asselstine (Canada) and Brandon Diaz Ramirez (Mexico).
In the semifinal round at 65kg (143 pounds), Stieber then fought his way to a wild victory over Cuba’s Alejandro Valdes Tobier, a bronze medalist at the 2017 World championships.
After one period, Stieber found himself trailing 6-0. The advantage reached 9-2 when the former Ohio State standout took over. He was able to pull within 9-8, and scored two more points to take a 10-9 lead with just six seconds left.
At that point, Tobier was injured and had to default, unable to finish the final seconds.
For the gold, Stieber beat Abel Herrera Pastor from host Peru. He had no trouble finishing the bout in quick order, his third 10-0 tech. fall.
The win marked Stieber’s second straight medal at the event, as he finished with bronze in 2017.
The four-time state champion at Monroeville and four-time NCAA champion for the Buckeyes earned the Outstanding Wrestler honor at the event.