Logan Stieber started his wrestling season Saturday.
In one of the most anticipated matches at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic, the 149-pound bout between Stieber, an Ohio State redshirt-junior, edged Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple 6-4 on a last second reversal in the first tiebreaker.
Including the win against Maple, Stieber, a Monroeville graduate, now has won 37 consecutive matches dating back to March 3, 2012.
Stieber and Maple each entered the exhibition event as defending national champions in their respective weight classes.
Stieber won back-to-back NCAA titles at 133 in 2012 and 2013 and Maple was the 141 champion a season ago.
Stieber and Maple also were undefeated in 2013.
Stieber posted a 27-0 record and Maple a 33-0 mark.
In the 2013-14 season, Stieber and Maple will move up a weight class, respectively. They will open the campaign as the No. 1 ranked wrestlers.
Stieber will wrestle at 141 and Maple is scheduled to compete at 149.
In Saturday's match, Stieber opened action with a takedown for a 2-0 lead. Maple ended the period with an escape and chose bottom to begin the second.
An escape to open the middle period tied the score at 2-2 and not long after, Maple took a 4-2 advantage on a takedown.
Stieber cut Maple’s lead to one when he scored an escape in the final seconds of the second period.
Choosing bottom at the start of the third period, Stieber tied the score at 4-4 on an escape to force overtime.
With a lot of scrambling in the sudden victory period, the match went in to a pair of tiebreakers.
Stieber opened the first tiebreaker on bottom and towards the end of the 30 seconds scored a reversal for a 6-4 lead.
In the next tiebreaker, Stieber was able to ride out Maple for the win.