Northwest Ohio Huddle: 171 straight wins and a state title…what a way to end a career


Northwest Ohio Huddle

Basketball will be taking center stage in a day or so but
this week the big story in northwest Ohio has to be Monroeville’s
capturing the
state’s Division III wrestling championship.

Basketball will be taking center stage in a day or so but
this week the big story in northwest Ohio has to be Monroeville’s capturing the
state’s Division III wrestling championship. Behind the leadership of senior
Logan Stieber, who won his fourth consecutive individual state championship,
becoming only the 19th wrestler in Ohio history to do so, the Eagles
easily out-distanced the field by amassing a team total 116 points to only 76
for runner-up Cuyahoga Christian Academy.

Monroeville’s triumph was particularly sweet in light of the
fact that they narrowly lost last year’s title by the narrowest of margins, one
point, 113-112, to Troy Christian. This year the suspense of last year’s
contest was missing as it became clear early on in the weekend that the Eagles
would likely win in a rout but the fact that Monroeville’s “Fab Four” – Logan
Stieber (125), Hunter Stieber (119), Cam Tessari (140) and Chris Phillips (171)-
were on their way to a combined season’s record of 183-1 made the weekend
extremely exciting. Logan Stieber’s win places him in the elite class of
winning four consecutive state titles but his younger brother, Hunter, and
Tessari and Phillips have now all won three consecutive titles and may soon
share that honor as well.

Monroeville’s team title was the only one captured by a team
from northwest Ohio. There were, however, a number of individual champions from
the area. Joining the Monroeville “Fab Four” was  Defiance’s B.J. Miller who won the Division II, 112-pound
title by defeating Lexington’s Calvin Campbell, 6-0. Miller’s title was the
first such win for a Defiance wrestler in 40 years. Also claiming state titles
were South Central’s Payton Oney (135) and Spencerville’s Tyler Obringer (285)
in Division III and Oak Harbor’s Ian Miller (145) and Wapakoneta’s Logan Erb
(215) in Division II.


Logan Stieber, Monroeville: This may be the easiest choice
this year as how could anyone but Stieber be the logical winner? Stieber became
only the 19th individual in the history of Ohio high school wrestling to win
four consecutive state championships and to close out his illustrious career by
winning a state-record 171 consecutive victories. Stieber, who will be
wrestling next year at Ohio State, lost only one match in his four years at


Monroeville Wrestling: Last year the Monroeville wrestling
team returned home wondering what could have been. Losing the state team
championship by one point, the Eagles were forced to spend the summer and fall
with that nagging thought in their heads but this year they will not have to
worry about it as they easily captured the Division III state title this past
weekend in Columbus. Behind the four individual championships captured by their
“Fab Four,” the Eagles scored 116 points while runner-up Cuyahoga Christian
Academy scored only 76.


Undefeateds Fall: The
girls’ state basketball playoffs began with Northwest Ohio enjoying five teams
sporting undefeated records. Now, as we enter the regional finals this weekend,
only two teams remain. Tiffin Columbian, Lake and Marion Harding entered the
tournament undefeated but have all seen their  magical seasons come to an abrupt end. Two teams,
Liberty-Benton and Ottoville, remain undefeated and are only one step away from
taking the floor at the “Schott.” Both teams will play this Saturday in the
regional finals for the opportunity to not only maintain their perfect season
but also the chance of capturing a state championship.

College Commitment: Eastwood’s
Cody Seifert has signed a national letter of intent to run collegiately for
Kent State University. Seifert has qualified for the state championships for
the past two years despite being hampered with injuries. He enters this season
in good health and has set the goal of winning state championships in the 100
and 200.

Indian Trifecta: Entering
the season the Waite Lady Indians had to listen to prognosticators talk about
how powerful the Start Lady Spartans were. The Lady Indians, however,
demonstrated that talk is cheap and that it is the performance on the court
that matters. In almost unbelievable style, the Lady Indians defeated the Lady
Spartans not once but three times on their way to a regional final this weekend
with the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets.

A New Era Begins: Legendary
coach, Jim Cooper, built the Sylvania Northview hockey program into one of the
state’s finest but was never able to capture the ultimate prize. This weekend
one of Coach Cooper’s best all-time players, Mike Jones, who took over the
program after Cooper’s retirement, has the chance to accomplish what Coach
Cooper never did. For the first time since 2006, the Wildcats return to the
state semi-finals as they face Dublin Coffman.

Postseason Honors: The
Western Buckeye League announced its first round of postseason awards by publishing
its Girls’ All League team. Topping the list was Wapakoneta’s Heidi Schlegel
who was named the league’s player of the year. Jeff Heistan, Lima Shawnee’s
head coach, was named the league’s coach of the year.


Ice Hockey, Nationwide Arena, Sat. and Sun., Mar. 13-14.:
Four teams remain in contention for the
ultimate prize. Cleveland St. Ignatius (29-7-3) takes on Huntington Valley
University School (22-10-2) in one semifinal contest while Sylvania Northview
(20-8-3) takes on Dublin Coffman (30-7-2) in the other. The winners meet Sunday
afternoon for the state championship.


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