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For the second year in a row, Logan Stieber can call himself a national champion.
The No. 1-seeded Ohio State redshirt sophomore wrestler defeated Iowa redshirt junior Tony Ramos, 7-4, to capture the 133-pound NCAA title Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We are so blessed this small-town kid from Ohio chose to be a Buckeye,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan in a press release. “He exemplifies the very best version of what we can accomplish when we dream big and fight consistently to be the best. We are so proud of him.”
The win comes almost two weeks after knocking off Ramos, 3-1, for a consecutive Big Ten championship on March 10 in Champaign, Ill.
Both of Stieber’s (27-0) conference titles have come against Ramos.
For the 2012 crown, Stieber bested Ramos, 5-2, for his first first league championship.
In his relatively young career as a Buckeye, Stieber is now 5-0 against Ramos and 65-5 overall.
Last season, Stieber took down Oklahoma State’s Jordan Oliver, 4-3, for the 2012 national title.
In the tournament’s overall team rankings, OSU finished sixth with 59.5 points while fellow conference member Penn State won its third-straight national championship with 123.5 points.