VIDEO: Area brothers of destruction dominating at Ohio State

Logan and Hunter Stieber both unbeaten, national championship contenders for Buckeyes
Mark Hazelwood
Feb 9, 2013

Every time Ohio State University sophomore wrestler Hunter Stieber walks off the mat, he knows the question is inevitably coming.
In fact, it has become like clockwork for the 2011 Monroeville graduate, as evidenced by his slight smile before the question was even finished after Ohio State's 25-9 dual win vs. Illinois at Oak Harbor High School.
"I don't really care too much when people say I'm in the shadow of my brother. I love it," Hunter Stieber said of his brother Logan, who is one year older. "He is one of the best wrestlers in the entire country. He's trying all the senior level stuff, so being in the shadow of him is a compliment."
While wrestling for the Eagles in high school, Hunter Stieber was 197-2 with four state championships at 103, 119 (twice) and 135-pound weight classes. He was 54-0 as a senior in 2011.
But as the wrestling community knows, Hunter was simply adding to an abundant legend of records in the Stieber household. Older brother Logan, a 2010 Monroeville graduate, was also a four-time state champion and finished his career at 184-1, including 179 consecutive wins to end his career.
After a redshirt freshman season at Ohio State because of a broken hand, Logan Stieber continued to back up the label as the best lightweight wrestler in the country by winning the NCAA championship and Big Ten championship at 133 pounds last season.
All of the above are reasons why Hunter is in no hurry to try and distance himself from elder brother's spotlight.
"He's my brother and my best friend," Hunter Stieber said. "He's a great competitor, so following him and everything he does just makes me better.
"It doesn't matter about being on my own path ... following Logan has gotten me this so far, so I just have to keep doing it."
The outstanding duo has done nothing to disappoint this season, as they are a combined 40-0 entering the Buckeyes' match Friday at arch rival Michigan. Logan is again ranked No. 1 at 133, while Hunter is No. 2 at 141.
Logan is 16-0, with 15 of those wins coming by major decision, technical fall or pinfall. Hunter is a team-leading 24-0 with 13 of those wins coming by major, tech. and pinfall.
And while Logan reached the pinnacle of NCAA wrestling last March, Hunter showed he isn't too far off, as he finished sixth at the NCAAs and third in the Big Ten as a true freshman to earn All-American status.
Logan Stieber had been out since Dec. 16 with a partial hamstring tear, but returned Friday at Oak Harbor and quickly pinned the No. 8-ranked wrestler in his weight class (Illinois' Daryl Thomas) in just 2:04.
"I feel great. It's hard missing awhile, but I had a great rehab and feel in a really great place right now," Logan Stieber said. "I just need to keep getting better. There are still a lot of great guys I have to wrestle, and I need to get in better shape as well."
As a defending national champion and a finalist at the Team USA Olympic Trials last summer, Logan said nothing has changed his approach or how he feels.
"I don't feel any different, and I'm still doing the same stuff and still on the same training schedule," Logan said. "I'm staying on the same plan as last year. With it not being an Olympic year obviously, it's still the World Championships, which is essentially the same thing. So hopefully I'll qualify for that."
Meanwhile, Hunter feels like he is also on the right path and in a good place.
"So far it's been a pretty good season. I have to keep it going, keep improving every match and work on stuff every day at practice," Hunter said. "Improve on everything really. Every day there is improvement to make, and that is what my brother did.
"He improved every single day, and when it came time for nationals and that match, he was on, wrestled great and won. I just have to keep following that and hopefully everything goes good."
Logan sees a remarked improvement in Hunter this season.
"He's doing great, real awesome obviously being ranked No. 2 in the country," he said. "He's gotten a lot better and you can tell when he's out there. He's scoring a lot more points this year, and just looks better and more confident in general."
Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said the Stieber brothers are everything they've been advertised to be, and didn't shy away from what he expects from both of them at the end of the season.
"I expect a national champion at 133 and a national champion at 141," Ryan said. "It's pretty simple."
As for big brother, Hunter could only laugh off Logan's quick pin Friday night.
"He's Logan. He's an animal ... he's back," Hunter said.
And Hunter is back to a familiar — yet welcomed and embraced — shadow in front of him.
"It's all I really know," Hunter said. "I've always wanted to be like him."

Comments

believe it

It's amazing how good these brothers are. To think that out of the whole country, two of the best wrestlers are from right in this area.

jack langhals

They should be proud to be in each other's shadow.Keep going guy's ,we are proud of you !And their dad was a champ also,but the real champ is mom !