Faced with the equally daunting tasks of winning his first national title and cheering up his brother, Terry got off to a rotten start. Twenty seconds into the second period he trailed Sunderland 7-3. He clawed back to 7-6 and, with 16 seconds left in the bout, took Sunderland to the mat with a lateral drop. Then, chaos. Time ran out, and Terry got a takedown—in which order no one was certain, including the referee. After consulting with the mat judge, the ref held up two fingers: a takedown. Steiner had won. Gable shouted to Terry, "Shake [Sunderland's] hand before they change their minds!"
While Terry was named the meet's outstanding wrestler, his brother already seemed to be fading into history. So it was a nice touch when, in his congratulatory speech to the team, Iowa athletic director Bob Bowlsby singled out Troy Steiner. "You didn't end up where you wanted to be," said Bowlsby, "but God bless you anyway. You got us here."