But even one of the greatest tandems of brothers in Ohio wrestling history has to acknowledge its out there.
“We’ve never really talked about it,” Logan said. “To be an All-American is special, but to be a national champion is the ultimate goal. I know we both want national titles. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t win, and he’ll be disappointed if I don’t win.”
Beginning Thursday, the Monroeville graduates who are 18 months apart will be looking to become the second pair of brothers in NCAA history to win national championships together while wrestling for Ohio State at the 83rd NCAA championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Logan, a 2010 Monroeville graduate, is the defending national champion at the 133-pound weight class and is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 at 133.
For the seventh week in a row, Logan was also ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler award standings, which is a combination of most falls and technical falls.
Meanwhile, Hunter, a 2011 Monroeville graduate, is also unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the 141-pound weight class. After reaching the semifinals of last year’s NCAA championships, Hunter dropped three straight matches to finish sixth, which was still good for All-American status.
At a combined 52-0, the Stieber brothers are one of the biggest subplots of the championships this weekend.
Iowa’s Tom and Terry Brands both won national championships twice in the same season (1990, 1992), and also did it back-to-back weight classes (126, 134) like Logan and Hunter potentially could.
A year removed from an upset win over Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) in the closing seconds of last year’s 133 championship match, Logan Stieber is favored to meet a very familiar foe in this year’s title tilt.
No. 2-ranked Tony Ramos (Iowa) and Stieber have met four times in the last 14 months, with Stieber winning each time by decision.
Meanwhile, Hunter Stieber has appeared to be on a collision course of his own with Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple, who finished fourth at last year’s NCAAs.
Read more in Thursday's Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector.