I was able to catch up with Logan Stieber today. We had a wide-ranging conversation starting with his introduction to the sport all the way through his world championship run to what 2017 looks like. We spend time talking about the disappointment of the Olympic trials and contemplating being done with wrestling to the bounce back world team run and championship.
Logan thinks his self-confidence was the critical ingredient in his success at the World Championships in a loaded weight class that has been built through years of tough training, coaching and competition. To reach the finals, Stieber was forced to pull out two last second victories over highly credentialed foes. In the quarterfinals, he topped eventual bronze medalist Akhmed Chakaev of Russia, 13-11, scoring the deciding takedown with five seconds left in the match. Moments later, Stieber secured the match-clinching takedown on Asian silver medalist Behnam Ehsanpoor of Iran with one second remaining in the bout to pull out a 9-8 victory.
Standing across from Stieber in the gold-medal match was 2015 European Games silver medalist Beka Lomtadze of Georgia. Leading 1-0 entering the second frame, Stieber rode his high-powered offense to a comfortable 8-4 decision and his first World championship.
We talk about World Championship reflections and he seems to think that it will mean more to him after he’s done with the sport.
Some other topics we cover:
Logan will be competing at 61 KG again this year at the world team trails.
He’ll be coaching at the Dave Schultz. Should be at the World Cup and Beat the Streets.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Thoughts on Hunter, Coaches Ryan, Rossilli, J Jaggers and Tervel.
All in all Stieber is a focused, disciplined and confident wrestler who has to be the odds on favorite to repeat at the US World Team member and World Champion. Take a listen, it’s part of my new podcast series: “Weighing In”.
61KG World Championship Results & Info
Men’s freestyle at 61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold – Logan Stieber (USA)
Silver – Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), 8-4
Bronze – Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Akhmed Chakaev (Russia)
5th – Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran)
5th – Iurii Siemakin (France)
7th – Andrei Perpelita (Moldova)
8th – Temurjon Usmonohunov (Uzbekistan)
9th – Bajrang (India)
10th – Heorgi Kaliyeu (Belarus)
Gold – Logan Stieber (USA) dec. Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), 8-4
Bronze – Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov (Azerbaijan) dec. Iurii Siemakin (France), 4-1
Bronze – Akhmed Chakaev (Russia) dec. Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran), 7-4